Postdoc Position in Evolutionary and Environmental Marine Genomics: Large scale metatranscriptomics of eukaryote plankton ecology and evolution in the Global Ocean .

Postdoc Position in Evolutionary and Environmental Marine Genomics:
Large scale metatranscriptomics of eukaryote plankton ecology and
evolution in the Global Ocean .

We invite applications for a 2 years postdoctoral fellowship to analyze
large scale metagenomics and metatranscriptomics eukaryotic data from
the Tara Oceans and Tara Oceans Polar Circle expeditions.


Plankton communities are composed of viruses, bacteria, protists and
multicellular eukaryotes that all together perform biological and
geochemical processes important for global earth and climate
regulations. The Tara Oceans and Tara Oceans Polar Circle expeditions
have systematically sampled marine plankton at hundred sites of the
world’s oceans, covering the entire ecosystem diversity from viruses and
prokaryotes to eukaryotes, and generating the largest standardized
eco-morpho-metaomics dataset available (> 40 Terabases), including over
1,000 virus-, prokaryote-, and eukaryote-enriched metagenomes and
metatranscriptomes, as well as 4 billion eukaryotic and prokaryotic
metabarcodes from 3,000 size-fractionated plankton communities
worldwide. This dataset covering global geographic and taxonomic scales
represents a unique opportunity to explore the boundaries of a planetary
ecosystem at the interface between oceanography, biodiversity, ecology,
and evolution.
The selected candidate will investigate and compare meta-transcriptomics
and meta-genomics data at the organismal level to explore responses to
population and environmental changes in the whole set of sampled locations.


The successful candidate should have a PhD in the fields of
bioinformatics or environmental genomics. The following expertises would
be favored: i) extensive first-hand experience in computational analysis
of biological sequences (particularly: population genetics, meta-omics
mining), ii) proficiency in statistical methods using R, or iii)
demonstrated script programming skills in *NIX environments (Perl,
python, shell etc.) as well as familiarity with the use of compute
farms. Knowledge of numerical ecology approaches and/or oceanography
will be very favorably considered.
Applications and informal queries should be addressed to Eric Pelletier
( Interested candidates should send their
CV with a publications list, and a cover letter describing their
research interests and motivation. Candidates should also arrange for at
least two referees to e-mail recommendation letters directly to Eric
Pelletier <>.
Review of applications will begin on March 1st, 2017 and applications
will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.


The position will start at the earliest possible date, taking into
account that drafting the work contract usually takes at least 8 weeks.
The salary will be 2,700~3,000 €, based on the CEA salary grid, and
depends on qualifications and experience. The position is based at
Genoscope near Paris and will involve close national and international
collaboration in particular with other partner institutions of the Tara
Oceans consortia. The selected candidate will work in a team of 10
people in the Laboratory of Eukaryotic Genomics led by Patrick Wincker.

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Science. May 2;348(6237) doi: 10.1126/science.1261605. (2015)
Brum, JR. et al. Patterns and ecological drivers of ocean viral
communities. Science. May2;348(6237) doi: 10.1126/science.aah6502. (2015)
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