Postdoctoral position in Comparative Genomics and Symbiosis Evolution

A one-year postdoctoral research position in Comparative Genomics and Symbiosis Evolution

Institution: INRA, Lab of Excellence ARBRE, Tree-Microbe Department
Location: Nancy, France


Job Description: 

A postdoctoral researcher position is available immediately in the lab of Francis Martin at the Tree-Microbe Interactions Department at INRA in Nancy, France. Martin’s lab uses computational approaches to study how saprotrophic and symbiotic (mycorrhizal) fungi evolve and adapt to their environments. Ongoing projects fall into the following broad areas: 1) Studying the emergence of the symbiotic mutualism in fungal and tree species by phylogenomics; 2) Characterization of symbiosis-related genes by using comparative transcriptomics; 3) Nutrient sensing by mycorrhizal tree roots, and 4) Deciphering genomic signatures of fungal adaptations to carbon decay and sequestration in forest habitats by metatranscriptomics. Follow this link for information about Francis Martin’s lab — MycorWeb Fungal Genomics.

Qualified applicants must hold a Ph.D. in bioinformatics, computational biology, computer science, evolutionary biology or a related field with background and strong interest in molecular evolution of Fungi. The ideal candidate will already have some experience working with large genomic data sets from sequenced fungi or plants. This position requires a high level of proficiency in programming skills, and experience applying computational methods to genomic data is highly desirable. Applicants must possess good communication skills and be fluent in both spoken and written English (or French). Strong skills in the use of unix-based computer software, critical thinking, problem-solving abilities, and the ability to work semi-independently are also required. The responsibilities will include pipeline development for analyses of next-generation data sets and utilization of high-performance computing facilities.

The successful candidate should anticipate contributing to a variety of ongoing collaborative research projects with the U.S. DOE Joint Genome Institute, including the 1000 Fungal Genomes project and the Mycorrhizal Genomics Initiative, with teams within the LabEx ARBRE and across France, Europe and the United States. In addition to becoming a part of a vibrant research and educational environment, the incumbent can take advantage of professional development programs offered by Laboratory of Excellence ARBRE   Laboratory of Excellence ARBRE.

The initial appointment is for one year with the possibility of renewal for up to two additional years contingent upon performance and funding. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The position will start on July 1, 2016, at the latest.


Interested applicants should send a single PDF file containing the following :

  • CV
  • a one-page statement of research interests, and
  • contact information for three refereesto Francis Martin at