Post-doctoral Fellowship in Molecular and Microbial Genetics

Country: Brazil;

City: São Paulo

Vacancy added: 07.05.2019

Employer: São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP)

Resumes due: 14.06.2019


Field of knowledge: Genetics

FAPESP process: 2018/21164-5

Project title: Xanthomonas citri subsp. citri citrus canker in São Paulo. Molecular epidemiology and biocontrol potential of bacteriophages and their depolymerases

Working area: Genetics of Bacterial Plant Pathogens, Citrus Plant Transformation and Challenge with Bacterial Pathogens

Number of places: 1

Principal investigator: Henrique Ferreira

Unit/Institution: Departamento de Bioquímica e Microbiologia, IB, UNESP Rio Claro

Deadline for submissions: 2019-06-14

Publishing date: 2019-05-06

Locale: Avenida 24A, 1515, Bela Vista, Rio Claro

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Post-doctoral Research Fellow position available at the State University of São Paulo, Brazil, at the Institute of Biosciences (IBRC), Dept. of Biochemistry and Microbiology, campus of Rio Claro. The position is part of the project “Xanthomonas citri subsp. citri citrus canker in São Paulo. Molecular epidemiology and biocontrol potential of bacteriophage and their depolymerases,” which has financial support from the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC/UK). It is intended for a motivated PhD in Genetics of Bacteria with experience in genomics, knowledge of molecular biology, cell biology, basics on plant genetics is welcome.

The selected PhD will conduct epidemiological and evolutionary studies of the plant pathogen Xanthomonas citri, the isolation and analyses of bacteriophage that have Xanthomonas citri as a host, general cloning, and assemble of protein expression systems for the production of viral enzymes to be assessed as agents for the control of citrus canker; finally, PhD is expected to help with experiments of citrus plant transformation and challenge with Xanthomonas citri. Successful applicant will be working in a multi-disciplinary environment coordinated by Henrique Ferreira (Associate Professor at IBRC), and Mark Enright (Professor at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK).

The candidate for the position is expected to have good communication skills (English), and no more than 2 years post-PhD. Preference will be given to individuals who have first author publication(s) in first-rate journals and show previous expertise considering the topics above-mentioned. The ideal candidate will be able to work independently to develop and drive his/her research project, as well as to work in a team-based environment.

Please send your CV, an introduction (one-page) letter describing your skills and why you are applying for the position, and contact information for 2 referees all electronically to Henrique Ferreira (

The selected candidate will receive a Post-doctoral fellowship from FAPESP in the amount of R$ 7,373.10 monthly and a research contingency fund, equivalent to 15% of the annual value of the fellowship which should be spent in items directly related to the research activity He/she may be eligible to a moving/installation support. For more information check

Applications will be received from the 6th of May, 2019 until the 14th of June, 2019. 

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