full-time Research Assistant Position

The Plant-Microbe Interaction Group

The Plant-Microbe Interaction Group is seeking applicants for a full-time Research Assistant position at the King Abdullah University of Sciences and Technology, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia. KAUST is a highly international post-graduate research institution with a strong focus on top basic and applied research.

The successful applicant will contribute to the Darwin21 project (http://www.darwin21.org) that explores the genomes of diverse beneficial microbes by analyzing genomic, transcriptomic, proteomic and metabolomics data sets. He/she will use genomics approaches to understand the genetic basis of complex traits in microbes, and predict functional genetic approaches to characterize pathways important in beneficial bacterial metabolism and function. The candidate is expected to work in a team of scientists and students.

Basic Qualifications: Bachelor degree with training in bioinformatics. The candidate must have one or more years of laboratory experience. Facility with unix, python, and R. The salary will be according to relevant experience.

Application: send the following information to: Professor Heribert Hirt
A curriculum vitae, a letter describing your interests, skills and prior research experience of the job description above and the names and contact information of at least two references.

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Post-Doc Position

Molecular Mechanisms of Beneficial Plant-Microbe Interactions

In our lab at KAUST, a totally independent multinational university on the Red Sea shore near Jeddah, a Post-Doc position is available to investigate the interaction of beneficial microbes with plants.

In this century, a truly organic revolution is about to happen. Beneficial microbes will be able to replace fertilizers and pesticides and provide healthy food to meet the requirements of an increasing population without the need to invest in highly costly breeding technologies. As part of the DARWIN21 project (http://www.darwin21.net), we have isolated more than 1500 endophyte strains from different deserts of the world. By establishing various stress tolerance screening platforms, we isolated a number of strains that can enhance crop growth and yield under agriculture conditions of extreme salt, heat and drought conditions.

If you want to be part of this revolution and make a career in microbiology, plant biology, or become an entrepreneur in this field, you should join our lab to uncover the chemical linguistics of the interaction of beneficial microbes with plants and:

  • Perform a genetic screen to identify beneficial microbial factors and study their mode of action in plants.
  • Understand the process of colonization, entry and spreading of the microbes in plants.
  • Identify the plant genes and study their role how they regulate the symbiosis of plants with beneficial microbes.

For further information, see this link Candidates should have experience in microbiology, molecular biology and bioinformatics. Ideally, post-docs will have a background in plant-miccrobe interactions. Candidates should send a full cv and two reference letters to Professor Heribert Hirt

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