Department/Office: Département des Ressources Biologiques et Environnement
Unité de recherche Biotechnologie des Ressources Marines
Laboratoire Ecosystèmes Microbiens et Molécules Marines pour les biotechnologies
Duty station: Nantes, Pays de la Loire, FR, France
Starting date on the job:
Deadline for applications: 29/03/2019
The Institute and the recruiting department
French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea, Ifremer, through its research work and expert advice, contributes to knowledge of the oceans and their resources, to monitoring of marine and coastal environments and to the sustainable development of marine activities. To these ends, Ifremer conceives and operates tools for observation, experimentation and monitoring, and manage the oceanographic databases.
Created in 1984, Ifremer is a French public institute of an industrial and commercial nature. It is supervised jointly by the Ministry of Higher Education and Research and the Ministry of the Environment, Energy and Marine Affairs.
Ifremer undertakes research missions, offers expert advice and acts as a funding agency.
Ifremer performs targeted applied research to address the questions posed by society (climate change effects, marine biodiversity, pollution prevention, seafood quality etc.). Results include scientific knowledge, technological innovations, and systems for ocean observation and exploration. Partnerships may be public, private or a combination of the two.
Ifremer works in a network with the French scientific community, also collaborating with international partner organizations, in the frame of several national and international projects, including contractual activities.
Description of the offer:
The recruiting department
The objective of the Biotechnology and Marine Resources (BRM) unit is to develop knowledge and to exploit marine microbial resources (bacteria and microalgae) through biotechnology and bio-prospecting. The EM3B laboratory (Microbial Ecosystems and Marine Molecules for the Biotechnologies) is one of the components of the BRM Unit.
The EM3B laboratory studies marine bacterial communities and their mechanisms of adaptation to their biotic and abiotic environment. The spin-offs of the work concern biotechnological applications in various sectors such as health, cosmetics and food.
The laboratory research project is organized into three thematic axes: (1) characterization of the marine bacterium biodiversity and their metabolites; (2) bacterial interaction mechanisms and regulatory and signaling pathways; (3) biosynthesis, mechanisms and metabolite modification.
Within the department "Biological Resources and Environment" and the unit "Biotechnology and Marine Resources", he / she is placed under the hierarchical responsibility of the head of laboratory "Microbial Ecosystems and Marine Molecules for the Biotechnologies" (EM3B).
He / she manages the research activities in food microbiology and seafood bio-preservation. He / she contributes to the fine analysis of microbial ecosystems of marine bio-resources, of their role in the food quality and to their control by a directed microbial ecology approach. He / she contributes to the knowledge of the marine products sector necessary to propose relevant and well contextualized research projects.
General areas of responsibility
Main missions will be to (i) Develop the research theme on microbial ecosystems and bacterial interactions, in relation to seafood quality and/or safety (ii) Develop applications in the marine field, such as food bio-preservation and animal health (aquaculture) (iii) Set up, coordinate, and animate projects, provide reporting and find applications in the food microbiology field.
In close collaboration with the members of the EM3B laboratory and with Ifremer laboratories involved in the study of microorganisms, and their external partners, he / she ensures the following actions:
- Study the bacterial communities of seafood products and their evolution through the optimal and critical exploitation of data from next-generation sequencing
- Integration of results with other disciplines (biochemistry and sensory analysis) to understand the impact of communities on the quality of seafood
- Understanding and control interactions between bacterial populations for different applications such as bio-preservation of marine products, improvement of animal health etc.
- Participation in the design, implementation and interpretation of experiments
- Application to projects calls (regional, national, European projects), coordination and monitoring of the research projects
- Development of a network of collaborations, both internal Ifremer and with other research institutes.
- Contribution to the industrial valorization of its works, in close relationship with Ifremer department in charge of Development, Valorization and Economic Partnerships
- Active participation in scientific productions and valorization (A-rank publications).
- Supervision of engineers, technicians, trainees, doctoral students and post-docs.
Collaborative work environment
PhD in food microbiology
A double agro-food engineer degree completed by PhD would be an appreciable element.
Required knowledge, skills and characteristics
- Knowledge of agro-food specificities, in particular seafood
- Strong knowledge of food microbiology, microbial ecology and ability to work in class 2 laboratory
- Knowledge and skills in molecular biology
- Skills in bio-analysis of new generation sequencing data (metabarcoding, metagenomics, metatranscriptomics ...)
- Excellent English skill
- Project Coordination Capabilities
- Writing skills.
- Sense of responsibility, ability to coach
- Relationship and communication skills
- Teaching qualities
- Scientific rigor, dynamism, curiosity
How to apply for this position
Deadline for applications: 29/03/2019
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