Postdoc position Molecular Microbiology - NIOO-KNAW - Wageningen

Postdoc position Molecular Microbiology - NIOO-KNAW - Wageningen

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13 Nov 20 Dec Wageningen

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The Department of Microbial Ecology offers a postdoc position Molecular Microbiology.

Project title: 
Unwiring beneficial functions and regulatory networks in the plant endosphere

Project description:
Plant roots are colonized by billions of microorganisms that affect plant growth and tolerance to (a)biotic stresses. Recently we discovered that plants infected by fungal pathogens actively recruit microbes inside their root tissue, the endosphere, for protection. Here we will investigate how plants under siege communicate with their microbiome and characterize the protective endophytic microbes, their genes and metabolites. The obtained fundamental knowledge will provide a strong basis for developing innovative strategies that integrate microbiomes in plant breeding and sustainable crop protection. The overall aim of the Postdoc project is to identify the molecular and chemical cues in plant-endophyte interactions.

Job description:

  • Design and carry out molecular microbiology approaches to validate the functional role of the identified microorganisms and biosynthetic genes identified in the recruitment assays.
  • Integrate and analyze microbiome and metagenome data from the recruitment assays with two different plant-pathogen systems.
  • Participate in the network activities and joint experiments of the ENW Groot project
  • Present your work at (inter)national meetings and publish scientific articles
  • Supervise MSc and PhD students in the ENW Groot project


Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)


  • A PhD degree in molecular plant-microbe interactions, molecular microbiology
  • Demonstrable experience in molecular microbiology, mutagenesis (e.g. Crispr-Cas) and functional analyses.
  • Experience with microbiome data mining, metagenomics and (bio)chemistry will be of added value
  • Willing to work at two different locations (NIOO-KNAW, Utrecht University)
  • Language skills: fluency in English writing and speaking required

Conditions of employment

The position will be hosted at NIOO-KNAW and works closely together with the Plant-Microbe Interactions group at Utrecht University, Utrecht.
The position is full-time (38 hours/week), initially for 1 year, and upon satisfactory performance to be prolonged to a maximum of 3 years total.
32The salary is based on experience and will start from € 3.255,00 per month rising to € 4.274,00 per month for a full-time appointment according to scale 10 under the Collective Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO Nederlandse Universiteiten). In addition to this salary, there will be an 8% holiday pay and an end-of-year bonus. We also offer an extensive package of fringe benefits.

Starting date:
February 2021.


Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO)

The Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW) is an Academy research institute. It conducts ecological research on land, in the ocean and in fresh water and studies how living organisms interact with one another and their environment. NIOO stimulates biodiversity and sustainability in nature and society through its worldwide network of researchers, policymakers, conservationists and other stakeholders.


  • Postdoc
  • Natural sciences
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • €3255—€4274 per month
  • Doctorate
  • AT2020-131 - ENWGroot-Postdoc-ME-20-018


Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)

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