The Lab of Microbial Systems Biology is looking for a motivated postdoc with a passion for microbial community dynamics. The young lab, started in 2016, is part of the Molecular Bacteriology unit at the Rega Institute and aims at improving our understanding of microbial community structure and dynamics through a combination of in vitro experiments and mathematical modelling.
The postdoc position is funded through an ERC starting grant.
The candidate should hold a doctoral degree in an area related to Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Biotechnology or equivalent and should have experience with bacterial culture techniques.
Experience with anaerobic microorganisms and bioreactors is a plus. The candidate is expected to work independently on the project and to be able to interact with an interdisciplinary research team.
While the candidate does not need to have prior experience with population models, a strong interest in mathematical modelling is expected.
Proficiency in English is necessary.
The human gut microbiota is a highly complex ecosystem consisting of hundreds of species interacting with one another and with the host.
Despite several large-scale sequencing studies, it is far from being understood. Here, we plan to investigate the gut microbiota from a systems biology angle, by studying a synthetic community composed of several representative gut microorganisms.
We plan to monitor species abundances in well-mixed as well as spatially structured environments in well-controlled conditions in vitro.
Our goal is to learn more about the interactions between gut species in these different environments and how they shape community dynamics.
Depending on the skillset of the candidate, the experiments will be accompanied by the development of a mathematical model that describes the observations.