PostDoc position at the Laboratory for Tropical and Mediterranean Ecology, CNRS France ~

24 de abril de 2007

PostDoc position at the Laboratory for Tropical and Mediterranean Ecology, CNRS France

Employer: CNRS/Université de Perpignan
Location: Perpignan, France

Description: Call for Applications to PostDoc Position (deadline April 30, 2007)〈=en

A CNRS funded position for a PostDoc is open at the Laboratory for Tropical and Mediterranean Ecology in Perpignan (Southern France). The goal of the project is to investigate the role of epigenetic mechanisms in evolutionary processes. Our model is the human blood fluke Schistosoma mansoni and its hosts. Further details on the project may be found at:〈=en

The postdoc position is open for 12 months starting September/October 2007. Starting date can be postponed if needed. A 12 month extension can be possible. Gross salary 2500 Euros/month (roughly 2000 Euros after insurance and taxes). Administrative aid in organizing accommodation, insurance etc. will be provided.

Subject: The successful applicant will investigate the epigenetic basis of phenotypic plasticity. Phenotypic plasticity is the basis of adaptive evolution. In particular, in rapidly evolving organisms like those belonging to host-parasite systems, epigenetic mechanisms are likely to play an important role since they enable a given genotype to generate a larger variety of different phenotypes. The candidate will study the interrelation of epigenetic variability, phenotypic plasticity and fitness (infection success) using both a whole genome approach and investigation of candidate genes that play a key role in host-parasite compatibility. These genes have recently been identified in our laboratory. The expected results will be of benefit not only for the understanding host-parasite systems, but will shed light on the role of epigenetics in evolution in general.

Conditions of the PostDoc: The successful candidate will be physically located in Perpignan, with the Evolutionary and Functional Parasitology team ( Perpignan is a lively town at the Mediterranean cost of Southern France, close to the Spanish border. The candidate will work with Christoph Grunau ( but will be interacting with all other partners of the project, and with the partner lab at the Pasteur Institute in Lille ( The laboratory is well-equipped, has its own animal facilities, and has an acknowledged expertise in the field (WHO Collaborating Center for Biological Control and Snail/Parasite relationships). Working language are French or English.

The candidate should preferably have a PhD in Biology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Epigenetics or Parasitology with an interest in new aspects of population genetics and evolution. He or she should also have good communicating skills and a facility and taste for interacting with other people, including Master and PhD students with different scientific backgrounds. Knowledge in techniques in epigenetics like ChIP and ChIP-on-chip will be an advantage but are not a prerequisite.

Submitting the application: The application is in two steps. First, interested candidates must send a CV to Guillaume Mitta ( The deadline for this initial application is April 30, 2007. The candidates selected at the end of this first step will then be invited by email to a telephone interview or videoconference.

Person to contact for further information:

Mitta Guillaume
Biologie et Ecologie Tropicale et Méditerranéenne
UMR 5244 CNRS/EPHE/Université de Perpignan
Equipe "Parasitologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive"
52, Avenue Paul Alduy
66860 Perpignan
Tel 33 (0)468662185
Fax 33 (0)468662281
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Guillaume Mitta

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