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postdoctoral position in Paris

Puri Lopez puri.lopez at ese.u-psud.fr
Thu Mar 13 08:12:19 EST 2003

A post-doctoral position funded by the French Research Council 
is available for 2 years to work in the team "Microbial diversity,
genomics and evolution" headed by P. L=F3pez-Garc=EDa and D. Moreira.


The successful candidate will work on any of the following subjects
that are going on in the lab:

1) Molecular microbial ecology of extreme environments. We are
currently studying deep oceanic microbial communities, from deep-
plankton and sediment to hydrothermal vents. The study of other
environments is also envisaged. This project will be based on the use
of molecular methods (rRNA and conserved protein gene amplification
and sequencing followed by phylogenetic analysis) to characterise the
diversity of prokaryotic (archaea + bacteria) and eukaryotic lineages.
We aim at addressing community composition as well as 
aspects. This part of the project may be complemented with in situ
hybridisation methods (e.g. FISH) and metagenomic approaches.

2) Protist phylogeny and evolution. We are interested in the
resolution of problematic regions of the eukaryotic tree. We intend to
apply a double approach consisting of the phylogenetic analysis of
conserved genes from both, cultured species and environmental 
as well as the isolation and characterisation of novel protist species
from traditionally undersampled habitats (e.g. deep ocean). This work
requires the combination of molecular and classical techniques.



UMR-CNRS 8079 "Ecologie, Syst=E9matique & Evolution"
Universit=E9 Paris-Sud, b=E2timent 360
91405 ORSAY Cedex, France

Our institute is located at the campus of Orsay, which is 25 km south
from Paris (30 min by direct train) in a peaceful and pleasant green
area. The university hosts a large variety of scientific institutes
and entertains interactions with other institutions. For more detailed
information, you can visit the university site at

Our research team has a privileged access to facilities such as
microarray construction platform (CNRS, Gif sur Yvette) or to an
anaerobic cultivation chamber (Institut de G=E9n=E9tique et


The candidate must have passed his/her PhD and can be of any
nationality except French. He/she should be familiar with molecular
biology techniques (PCR, cloning, etc) and/or phylogenetic analyses
and/or classical protistology (isolation and morphological-structural
characterisation). Starting date  flexible (preferable from
September/October 2003 on, but alternative dates can be considered).
The salary will be calculated by the CNRS as a function of the
candidate's experience.


Inquiries accompanied of a curriculum vitae and the name of one/two
referees should be addressed to any of us:

Purificaci=F3n L=F3pez-Garc=EDa  e-mail: puri.lopez at ese.u-psud.fr

David Moreira - e-mail: david.moreira at ese.u-psud.fr

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