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PhD Vacancy in Soil microbiome intercropping – Bioinformatics, Wageningen, Netherlands

Wageningen University & Research (WUR)

The Netherlands

PhD in Deciphering the soil microbiome for optimized intercropping is available at the Laboratory of Nematology, Wageningen University & Research – The Netherlands, Oct 2021.

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Position: PhD
No. of Positions: 1
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Deadline to Apply: Expired
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Laboratory of Nematology
Wageningen University & Research (WUR)

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Qualification Details

  • a successfully completed MSc degree in microbiology, molecular ecology, bioinformatics or a related field
  • a broad range of molecular ecological skills (e.g. PCR), and (at least) a basic background in bioinformatics;
  • skills or at least interest in performing greenhouse experiments
  • well-developed communication skills and interest in close interdisciplinary collaborations
  • ability to work effectively as a team member and to carry out individual research
  • very good level of oral and written English. You are required to show us a certification of English skills. For more information about the required level please take a look at: https://www.wur.nl/en/Education-Programmes/PhD-Programme/English-language-requirements.htm;

Responsibilities/Job Description

According to the lab interest

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About the Project

You might share our view that drastic changes are required in current agricultural practices to make food production systems compatible again with a biodiverse environment. One aspect of this are alternative culturing practices, such as by cultivating different plants together in intercropping. However, the impact of this culturing practice on the soil microbiome, comprising prokaryotes, viruses, fungi, and protists, is understudied.Background: Soil microbiome in intercroppingPlant yield is determined by interspecific interactions in the field. Intercropping can result in higher yields as competition between crop species that exploit different niches can be lower than intraspecific competition. Plant yield is further influenced by the soil microbiome, a diverse assembly of many thousands of microbial species that range from plant mutualisms to pathogens. While the importance of the soil microbiome is well acknowledged to determine plant yield, the relative contribution of the soil microbiome to yield in intercropping remains unknown. Only recently, the appropriate molecular and bioinformatic tools became available to decipher this open question.This (and potentially your) project aims at deciphering the role of the soil microbiome to yield in intercropping. As overall outputs we envisage to identify potential soil microbiome differences and potentially keystone species that determine yield increases in intercropping. In terms of methodology and approaches, you will set up greenhouse experiments and use state-of-the-art high-throughput DNA sequencing approaches followed by bioinformatic and statistical approaches.You will work together in a stimulating environment composed of scientists in the Laboratory of Nematology (with major expertise in the plant microbiome) and in the Bioinformatics Group (with expertise in molecular data analyses). Furthermore, this project is imbedded in a consortium of young staff members of different groups of Plant Sciences at Wageningen University that focus on the plant side of the interaction and also on developing modelling approaches. Together, we aim for providing entirely novel insights into the importance of intercropping. Beyond the scientific and potentially application merits, you will build a wide network for your future career both within and outside Wageningen University.

About the Employer: Wageningen University & Research (WUR)

Note or Other details

General information about the Nematology: https://www.wur.nl/en/Research-Results/Chair-groups/Plant-Sciences/Laboratory-of-Nematology/Research.htm

General information about the Bioinformatics group https://www.bioinformatics.nl/

We hope to schedule the first job interviews in the week of 18 October 2021. The preferred starting date for this position is 1 December 2021.

In this first round please only send your motivation letter and resume (incl. the contact details for 2 references). Any other documents will not be taken into consideration at this stage.

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Contact details

For more information about this function, please contact Stefan Geisen (staff member of the WU Nematology group, stefan.geisen@wur.nl) or Anne Kupczok (staff member of the WU Bioinformatics group, anne.kupczok@wur.nl).

For more information about the procedure, please contact vacaturemeldingen.psg@wur.nl.

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