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Post-doctoral Position in Environmental omics

ABG-109232 Emploi Niveau d'expérience indifférent
24/11/2022 CDD 42 Mois > 25 et < 35 K€ brut annuel
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ANTONY - Ile-de-France - France
Ecologie, environnement
  • Biotechnologie
  • Chimie
Omic, metabolomic, environmental bioprocesses,
Recherche et Développement


The French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food, and the Environment (INRAE) is a public research establishment. It is a community of 12,000 people with more than 200 research units and 42 experimental units located throughout France. The institute is among the world leaders in agricultural and food sciences, in plant and animal sciences, and is 11th in the world in ecology and environment. INRAE’s main goal is to be a key player in the transitions necessary to address major global challenges. In the face of the increase in population, climate change, scarcity of resources and decline in biodiversity, the institute develops solutions for multiperformance agriculture, high quality food and sustainable management of resources and ecosystems.

The PROSE unit is conducting research on environmental biotechnologies, through scales spanning from the microbial community up to the whole process (wastewater treatment plants, anaerobic digesters, bioelectrochemical processes for biorefinery, …), addressing key societal issues of sustainable development, circular economy and bioeconomy.

Affiliated with TRANSFORM and MICA divisions, our unit performs a transdisciplinary approach based on microbial ecology, biogeochemistry, process engineering, physical measurement as well as modelling.

Poste et missions

Anaerobic digestion is a process of degradation of the organic matter carried out by a complex network of microorganisms that produces biogas rich in methane, which can be ultimately converted to energy. The process performance hinges on the structure and the interactions among the species in the microbial community, which is at the same time determined by the digesters operational conditions. Currently, the control of the anaerobic digestion process relies on monitoring physico-chemical indicators that do not allow precise identification of the origin of the disturbances. As the microbial community in the digesters is very sensible to the alterations in the operational conditions during AD, our research hypothesis is that the monitoring of the microbial community can be used as a more effective method to evaluate the digesters’ functioning than classical physicochemical indicators. The use of high-throughput techniques from the biological field (i.e. 16S DNA metabarcoding and metabolomics) could be a very powerful mean to realize such monitoring and reveal the nature of the process disturbances.


You will be in charge of :


1-Developing specific analytical protocols that could be used on-site or enable a quick response;

2-Evaluate to what extent anaerobic digesters are comparable and common diagnosis tools could be developed;

3-Establish a set of microbial and molecular biomarkers to monitor digester functioning by the fast diagnostic tools developed.


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Candidates should have a PhD with strong background in microbiology and omic methodologies. Knowledge’s in environmental bioprocesses would be appreciated. Applicants should be highly motivated, well organized, proficient in English, and able to work independently as well as collaboratively.

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