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Postdoctoral position on synbiotic-pathogen-gut microbiota interactions at
100%, Zurich, fixed-term
The Laboratory of Food Biotechnology at the Institute of Food, Nutrition and
Health of the Department of Health Science and Technology is looking for a
motivated postdoctoral researcher to work in the field of synbiotic-pathogen-
gut microbiota interactions at microscale.
The candidate will actively participate in a new European research project
3D'omics supported by EU Horizon 2020 (https: // www. 3domics.eu/). The
3D'omics project aims to address major challenges in animal production by
creating and optimising a technology to analyse animal-microbiota interactions
at the microscale. The developed technology will be implemented in two
production systems, namely poultry and swine. The project is led by the
University of Copenhagen, and the consortium includes scientists from eight
European universities and research institutions, as well as five different
companies from the private sector.
The Laboratory of Food Biotechnology has expert scientific knowledge in the
field of pre- and probiotics and other food/feed supplements and their effect
on the gut microbiota composition as well as functionality in various
monogastric hosts. We have a strong expertise in complex gut microbiota in
vitro modelling, composition analysis, functional properties and comparative
approaches using the in house developed PolyFermS fermentation system that
includes immobilized complex gut microbiota.
The postdoc project involves in vitro chicken gut microbiota experiments with
spatially structured microbiota for setting up the 3D'omics technology in
collaboration with the 3D'omics project partners, and for investigating
synbiotic-pathogen-microbiota interactions prior to animal trials.
The position is for two years, starting in September 2021, and offers an
excellent opportunity to work in a highly interdisciplinary and collaborative
European research project.
You have a PhD in Biology, Biotechnology, Microbiology, or closely related
You have a background in microbiology, microbial ecology or host-
You have experience with cultivation of anaerobic bacteria, complex
microbial communities and fermentation technology
You have experience in molecular microbial analysis and fluorescence
You have interest in spatial organization of complex microbial communities
You like to work experimentally and develop and apply new tools to study
You have excellent project management and communication skills to work in
a collaborative multidisciplinary international research project
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We look forward to receiving your online application by 16th of August
2021 with the following documents:
Names and contact information of three references
Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our
online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not
Further information about Laboratory of Food Biotechnology can be found on our
website www. fbt.ethz.ch. Questions regarding the position should be directed
to Dr. Annelies Geirnaert: firstname.lastname@example.org (no
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