24/05/2018

Postdoc: Biotechnology scientist to study use of agroindustrial composts as biofertilizer

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    Sociedad para el Avance Cientifico, Society for the Improvement of Science (SACSIS)
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Biological sciencesBiological engineering
    Biological sciencesBotany
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    22/06/2018 00:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • LOCATION
    Spain › Alcala de Guadaira
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    40

SACSIS is selecting a competitive candidate for the Institute of Plant Biotechnology (IBV) at the Technical University of Cartagena. The project is to demonstrate the benefits of the use of agroindustrial composts as biofertilizer properties and inducer of healthy properties in the cultivation of baby leaf vegetables in an hydropinic culture (floating system). They will be also studied as biopesticide against different plant pathogens comparing with the use of ozone microbubble in the nutrient solution within a sustainable intensive agriculture.

One of the aims of this project is to have a deeper knowledge about the priming effect in the plant causes for the way in which the plants are cultivated (using compost or ozone microbubblee or both). Primed plants display either faster, stronger, or both activation of the various cellular defense responses that are induced following attack by either pathogens or insects or in response to abiotic stress. Although the phenomenon has been known for decades, most progress in our understanding of priming has to be made. In order to study the differences among the treatments, we are going to use a next generation sequencing (NGS) procedure of the DNA for discovering, profiling and quantifying RNA transcripts, so this technology allows for measure gene expression (RNA-Seq). The analysis of RNA-Seq data, which comprise discrete counts of reads mapped to genes or transcripts, is made up of different parts: quality control checks on raw sequence data, mapping reads to a reference genome, counts of reads and the detection of differentially expressed genes across different biological conditions. The results would give a lot information about candidate genes implicated in the priming induced by compost or ozone microbubbles.

Benefits

  • Competitive candidates will be selected for applying to a Marie Curie IF grant that covers full salary (4.650€/month) + family allowance (500€/month) + R&D expenses.
  • High motivation and ability to be involved in an international multidisciplinary team. Mobility experience, participation in research projects and scientific productivity is appreciated.
  • Selected candidate will be mentored and trained for applying to a Marie Sklodowska Curie IF grant.

Eligibility criteria

  • Most fitting profile (expertise) for the described project.
  • Mobility rule: Researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, investigation, etc.) in Spain for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the call deadline (14/09/2018).

Selection process

  • Open quest to select the best candidates
  • Documents needed to apply: CV + One page motivation letter is positively valued

Required Research Experiences

  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Biological sciencesBiological engineering
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    4 - 10

Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL
    Biological sciences: PhD or equivalent
    Technology: PhD or equivalent
  • REQUIRED LANGUAGES
    ENGLISH: Good

Skills/Qualifications

  • Biotechnology Science Degree and PhD
  • Knowledge in plant physiology and in interactions between microorganisms and plants.
  • Expertise in molecular biology techniques such as RNA extraction, real time PCR, sequencing, etc.
  • Knowledge of bioinformatics.

Specific Requirements

  • Most fitting profile (expertise) for the described project.
  • Mobility rule: Researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, investigation, etc.) in Spain for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the call deadline (14/09/2018).

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Sociedad para el Avance Cientifico, Society for the Improvement of Science (SACSIS)
Spain
Alcala de Guadaira
41500
Guatemala 1

EURAXESS offer ID: 308963

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