We are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic postdoc willing to contribute to our understanding of how mutation and recombination biases shape evolution in plant-associated bacteria, both from fundamental and applied perspectives. Your primary role will involve using comparative genomics and computer modeling to explore the forces that determine the evolutionary persistence of both natural and synthetic genetic elements. While the main project is curiosity-driven basic science, the post is embedded within a consortium deploying systems and synthetic biology approaches to agriculture. This consortium acknowledges that a fine understanding of the evolutionary forces influencing genetic constructs is crucial for this initiative.
The ideal candidate holds a doctoral degree in bioinformatics, comparative genomics, computer modeling, or similar. We expect a high degree of autonomy, with active participation in shaping the research direction. This position offers ample opportunities for career development, including the potential to co-supervise students, pursue funding opportunities, engage in teaching, and showcase your work at international conferences. The candidate will join the Centre for Plant Biotechnology and Genomics (CBGP), a mixed research centre supported by the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM) and the National Research Council (CSIC). The position offers a competitive salary according to experience with all the benefits of the Spanish National Social Security System, comprising generous sick/maternity/paternity leaves and health, unemployment and retirement insurances. The post is available from January 2024 for 2 years.
How to apply: please send a single PDF file with a motivation letter and a CV to Alex Couce (firstname.lastname@example.org). Candidates short-listed for interview will be additionally requested contact information of two references. The post will be open until a suitable candidate is found - early applications are thus encouraged. Please include the word “bEMMA” in the subject line.