A postdoctoral position is available in Lyon (France) for one year
starting from September 2000. The project deals with symbiotic bacterial
interactions with the insect host, the weevil Sitophilus.
Sitophilus harbors an intracellular symbiotic bacterium that interacts
with the host metabolism and physiology. Both insect and bacteria are
intimately dependent and cannot survive separately. The insect controls
the localization and the density of the bacterium, and the latter
induces specifically the differentiation of specialized insect cell
called bacteriocytes that protect the bacterium from the insect
immunity. The molecular mechanism that results in the bacteriocyte
differentiation is not known but should involve molecular signals
exchanges between both partners.
The aim of the project is to identify, by RT-PCR Display (using the
GENOMYX apparatus) on symbiotic and aposymbiotic insect, genes that are
involved in cell differentiation.
Currently, the research group is composed of an Assistant Professor, an
assistant-Engineer, one technician, two students and myself.
The position is awarded by the French Ministry of Research. Salary range
1850 Euros, which is very convenient for one or two persons in Lyon.
Ph.D. Students that have a good experience on Molecular Biology are
invited to send, as soon as possible, a detailed Curriculum Vitae, a
publication list, as well as a motivation letter to Dr. A. Heddi, UMR
INRA/INSA-Lyon Biologie, Fonctionnelle, Insectes et Interactions, By
Fax ((33) 4 72 43 85 34) or by E-mail.(heddi at insa-lyon.fr).
- Student should be less than 35 years old at the 31st December 2000
- Should have prepared his (or her) Ph.D. in other country than France
- Should be from the following countries: Canada, Australia, China,
South Korea, India, USA, Israel, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand,
Switzerland, Turkey, Brazil.