University of Luxembourg

Postdoc in microbiome research

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The University of Luxembourg is an international research university with a distinctly multilingual and interdisciplinary character. The University was founded in 2003 and counts more than 6,700 students and more than 2,000 employees from around the world. The University focuses among others on cross-disciplinary research in the areas of Data Modelling and Simulation as well as Health and System Biomedicine. Times Higher Education ranks the University of Luxembourg #3 worldwide for its “international outlook,” #20 in the Young University Ranking 2021 and among the top 250 universities worldwide.

Within the University, the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB) is a highly interdisciplinary research centre (IC), integrating experimental biology and computational biology approaches in order to develop the foundation of a future predictive, preventive and personalized medicine.

Your Role...

AREA: Role of human microbiome in COVID-19


The Systems Ecology group at the LCSB led by Prof. Wilmes is further expanding its research efforts on human microbiome and has an immediate opening for a highly motivated Postdoctoral researcher.

The project is a comprehensive research framework study that aims at addressing key unanswered questions related to COVID-19, focusing specifically on the long-term health impact of COVID-19. SARS-CoV-2 infection is associated with alterations of the human gut microbiome composition that persists for at least six months after the initial infection. An imbalance in the gut microbiome can be linked to disease severity and an increased post-COVID-19 risk. Transfer of microorganisms from the oral and nasal cavities to the gut represent a direct link between the environment-exposed oral cavity and the indirectly exposed gut. In particular, Postdoctoral researcher will work on resolving alterations of the oral, nasal and gut microbiomes in relation to COVID-19 and long COVID, as well as analysing the association between emerging and existing COVID-19 variants along with other pathogens and alterations of the microbiome on breakthrough infections and re-infections.

  • Designing and conducting experiments
  • Analysing and interpreting results and data
  • Bioinformatic analysis of multi-omics data
  • Collaborating with different research institutions in Luxembourg involved in this multidisciplinary project

What we expect from you…

  • A PhD in natural/life sciences, microbiology, microbial ecology, or related disciplines with a strong interest in the human microbiome research
  • Previous wet lab experience
  • Experience with standard molecular biology techniques
  • Experience in studying human microbiome would be an asset
  • Previous experience in bioinformatic analysis of microbial communities would be an asset
  • Team player as well as ability to work independently
  • Ability to accomplish multiple tasks within deadlines
  • Good organizational skills and willingness to take initiative and responsibility
  • Excellent working knowledge of English

In Short...

  • Contract Type: Fixed Term Contract 24 Month (may be extended up to 5 years)
  • Work Hours: Full Time 40.0 Hours per Week
  • Location: Belval
  • Job Reference: UOL05431

The yearly gross salary for every Postdoctoral Researcher at the UL is EUR 77167 (full time)

How to apply...

Applications should be submitted online and include:

  • A detailed curriculum vitae
  • List of publications, if applicable
  • Cover letter indicating your motivation for this position, relevant past experience and future interests
  • Name and addresses of two referees

Early application is highly encouraged, as the applications will be processed upon reception. Please apply formally through the HR system. Applications by email will not be considered.

The University of Luxembourg embraces inclusion and diversity as key values. We are fully committed to removing any discriminatory barrier related to gender, and not only, in recruitment and career progression of our staff.

In return you will get…

  • Multilingual and international character. Modern institution with a personal atmosphere. Staff coming from 90 countries. Member of the “University of the Greater Region” (UniGR). 
  • A modern and dynamic university. High-quality equipment. Close ties to the business world and to the Luxembourg labour market. A unique urban site with excellent infrastructure.
  • A partner for society and industry. Cooperation with European institutions, innovative companies, the Financial Centre and with numerous non-academic partners such as ministries, local governments, associations, NGOs …
  • Find out more about the University
  • Addresses, maps & routes to the various sites of the University

Further information...

For further information, please contact:
Prof. Paul Wilmes
Telephone: (+352) 46 66 44 6188

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Postdoc in microbiome research
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