Post-doc position

Using Ascobolus immersus as a genetic model for understanding the sexual reproduction of the truffle.

Job description: The successful applicant will work for a joint project between INRA-Nancy-Lorraine, University Paris Sud and CNR-IBBR Perugia.

The aims of the project AscoTube are to 1) use Ascobolus immersus as a genetic model species to assess the truffle strains recognition in vitro and 2) better understand the truffle sexual reproduction in situ.

The successful applicant is expected:

1) to set cassettes and transform A. immersus with mating type genes from both Tuber melanosporum and Tuber indicum, previously identified by means of genomic and genetic tools;

2) to test the intra and inter specific recognition of these genes;

3) to follow the dynamics of strains of different mating type in the soils of truffle a plantation, in the root system and in the fructification.


PhD in Microbiology or Molecular biology or related science.

Experience in molecular genetics, molecular biology as well as knowledge on fungal genetic transformation, soil DNA extraction and quantitative PCR will be an advantage.

Communicate in English with other members of the lab as well as other members of the project.

Working language(s): English, French and Italian


Applicants should submit (1) a cover letter describing their research interests and background, (2) a detailed CV , and (3) the contact details of three referees.


Claude Murat, INRA Centre Nancy-Lorraine, UMR1136, 54280 Champenoux, France,

Fabienne Malagnac, University Paris-Sud, UMR 9198, 91400 Orsay cedex, France,

Francesco Paolocci, CNR Perugia, IBBR, Via Madonna Alta, 130, 06128 Perugia, Italy,

Research Teams’ Publications

Employer: INRA Nancy-Lorraine

Department & Research Team: Tree-microbe-interactions UMR1136

Place of work: Nancy /France, Orsay/France (for short period) and Perugia/Italy (for 3-6 months)

Duration: 12 months starting September 2016

Salary & Working hours: INRA Post-Doc depending on experience, 38.5h/week

Application deadline: July 15th, 2016