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Postdoc position in Association Genetics

Postdoc position in Association Genetics
A postdoctoral position open for 36 months will be available from January 2019 at INRA BIOGER, located 30km west of Paris.

INRA is a French public research institution that focuses on issues related to agriculture, food and food security, environment and land management, with a particular emphasis on sustainable development. The Unit BIOGER gathers teams working on major fungal crop pathogens using pluri-disciplinary strategies from functional genomics, evolution and population genetics to microbiology, epidemiology and modelling.

The post-doctoral research associate will join the teams “Epidemiology of Wheat Fungal Pathogens” and “Antifungals, Mode of Action, Resistance” at INRA BIOGER. He/she will conduct researches within a collaborative project between INRA and a private company aiming at the identification of genetic determinants involved in the pathogenicity and fungicide resistance of Zymoseptoria tritici, responsible for septoria leaf blotch disease on wheat. The approach followed will consist at acquiring whole genome resequencing data to identify polymorphisms, and precise quantitative phenotypes to perform genome wide association genetic studies (GWAS). The results obtained will greatly help implementing responsible and relevant disease control measures and more generally, improving the sustainability of fungicide modes of action and the management of resistant wheat cultivars in a context of reduced usage of plant protection products.

For related references, consult:
REX Consortium (Bourguet FD, Franck P, Guillemaud T, Reboud X, Vacher C, Walker A-S) (2016). Combining selective pressures to enhance the durability of disease resistance genes. Frontiers in Plant Science 7(1916).
Sanchez-Vallet A, Hartmann FE, Marcel TC, Croll D (2018). Nature’s genetic screens: using genome-wide association studies for effector discovery (Opinion Piece). Molecular Plant Pathology 19(1): 3-6.

-         Hold a PhD in genetics or plant pathology and have a strong experience in association genetics;
-         An excellent knowledge on statistics applied to life sciences and statistical tools, such as R;
-         Experiences in plant pathology, microbiology, phenotyping of plants or fungi would be appreciated but are not required – the candidate should nevertheless be willing to develop his competencies in these fields of science;
-         A demonstrated capacity for team work and supervision of students and/or technical staff;
-         A proven ability to communicate research results through scientific publications or oral presentations;
-         Proficiency in English is compulsory, knowledge of French would be appreciated;

The position is available from January 2019 and will remain open until filled with review of applications and interviews. Depending on work experience, a gross salary comprised between 2500€ and 3200€ will be offered, including full social and health benefits.

UMR1290 BIOGER (bâtiment n°13)
Campus INRA-AgroParisTech,
Avenue Lucien Brétignières, BP 01,
78850 Thiverval-Grignon, France

For additional information, contact:
Thierry Marcel <>, tel.: 0033-130816804
Anne-Sophie Walker <>, tel.: 0033-130814558