Within the framework of the European Biodiversa+ project “Microbial Diversity, Ecosystem Services of the Soil Microbiome and Ecosystem Conservation,” a post-doc position is open to work on soil microbial ecology.

The post-doc will analyse the role of soil microbes as engineers of ecosystem properties. In particular, they will analyse the role of the soil microbial community on soil carbon storage and the formation of soil aggregates. A particular focus will be placed on how plant root traits impact microbial communities within soil aggregates. Through collaborative work, polysaccharides and aminosugars will be measured in aggregates and related to the abundance of selected genes.

Fieldwork will be performed in the Belledonne range, French Alps. The postdoc will be expected to work closely with scientists in Finland, Estonia, Italy, Serbia, Spain and Brazil. The post-doc will be accompanied by a research assistant. Contract length is 24 months.


Research FieldEnvironmental science » Ecology

Education Level: PhD or equivalent


DNA extraction and sequencing.

Statistical analyses of DNA data.

Knowledge of soil physical and chemical properties.

Knowledge of how vegetation interacts with soil microbial communities.

Specific Requirements

Capacity to travel without constraints within Europe (a full valid passport is required).

Ability to perform fieldwork in forest conditions.

Languages: ENGLISH Level: Excellent

Research Field: Environmental science » Ecology

Additional Information


Monthly starting salary (depending on level of experience) is 2454 euros (Gross)

Some work from home is possible (to be negotiated).

Selection process

Please send a CV and cover letter to Alexia Stokes: alexia.stokes@cirad.fr

Application Deadline: 01/03/2023 – 17:00 (Europe/Paris)

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed online in March 2023.

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