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Postdoc in the "MycoMedix" project - Mycology research group

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Lieu de travail1260 Nyon, Région lémanique, Suisse
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Début de l'engagement1.1.2024 or by arrangement

Agroscope is looking for a:

Postdoc in the "MycoMedix" project - Mycology research group

The Mycology research group develops innovative research lines aimed at long-term monitoring of fungal diseases in cultivated plants and limiting the use of plant protection products. These research lines are: i) epidemiology and aetiology of fungal diseases, ii) creation of new bio-based fungicides, iii) development of predictive models, iv) use of fungi in degradation and mycoremediation processes, and v) exploration of biochemical mechanisms determining varietal resistance. The MycoMediX project, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation and Innosuisse (Bridge Discovery), is led by a consortium of experts drawn from the Mycology group at Agroscope (Dr Sylvain Schnée) and the Translational Microbiology group (Dr Thilo Köhler) and Natural Bioactive Products group (Prof. Jean-Luc Wolfender) at the University of Geneva. This multidisciplinary project aims to identify new anti-infective and anti-virulent compounds targeting three pathogenic bacteria (Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Acinetobacter baumannii and Staphylococcus aureus) regarded as priority organisms for the development of new antibiotics. The methodology will involve exploring and chemically characterising an extensive collection of fungal extracts with high potential for producing bioactive secondary metabolites, aided by innovative chemoinformatics tools.

About us

Agroscope is the Swiss federal centre of excellence for research in the agriculture and food sector. Its researchers carry out their work at a number of sites in Switzerland. Headquartered in Bern-Liebefeld (as of 2025: Posieux, Canton of Fribourg), Agroscope is attached to the Swiss Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research EAER.

Description

  • Researching taxonomic, biochemical and genomic criteria in order to select fungal strains with high potential for producing bioactive metabolites
  • Developing techniques to induce fungal defence mechanisms (OSMAC, elicitor compound, new techniques)
  • Management and statistical processing of all data (chemical profiling of fungal extracts, taxonomy of fungal strains, biological activity data)
  • Establishing collaboration with research groups/institutes holding fungal strain collections of interest (e.g. extremophile species)
  • Supervising a PhD student already involved in the project

Exigences

  • PhD in microbiology / bioinformatics / natural products chemistry, ideally with experience in metabolomics (LC-MS)
  • Ability to adapt to a multidisciplinary environment (three laboratories at two geographical locations: Agroscope Changins and University of Geneva)
  • Rigorous and methodical approach to data management
  • Autonomy and innovation
  • Knowledge of two official languages of Switzerland; excellent knowledge of English

Nous offrons

We offer a varied job in a dynamic work environment, as well as thorough training and a modern research infrastructure. Flexible working hours, good social benefits and a staff restaurant are among the perks of this position.

Contact et adresse

If this challenge appeals to you and you meet the requirements profile, we look forward to receiving your online application at our jobs portal www.stelle.admin.ch,ref. no 7855.

For additional information, please contact Sylvain Schnee, Researcher in the Mycology research group: sylvain.schneeagroscope.admin.ch (please do not send applications to this email address).

Start date: 1.1.2024 or by arrangement. The post is for a fixed period of 12 months,
with a possibility of extension.

The Federal Administration is attentive to the different needs and backgrounds of its employees and promotes diversity. Equal treatment is a top priority.

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