Postdoctoral Researcher in Agrobiodiversity and Plant Microbiome Research (REF. 19/2024) | CRAGJobs



Postdoctoral Researcher in Agrobiodiversity and Plant Microbiome Research (REF. 19/2024)

Publication date:
16 Apr 2024
Application Deadline:
26 May 2024
Staff Type:
Research Staff
Research Type:
Postdoctoral researcher
Research Program: Genomics Research Group:

Job description


CRAG is an independent research institution engaged in leading-edge basic and applied plant and farm animal sciences. CRAG is established as a Consortium of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Institute of Agrifood Research and Technology (IRTA), Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), and University of Barcelona (UB). The Center is located at the UAB Campus, and currently hosts 200 members from across the world.

Research Programs at CRAG (from basic science to applied research using plant experimental model systems, crops and farm animals) make extensive use of genomic technologies and large sets of genetic and genomic data ( ).


The Center for Research in Agricultural Genomics (CRAG) is looking for a Postdoc Researcher to be part of the group Rosaceae Genetics and Genomics.

The candidate will study the leaf microbiome communities in an apple collection planted in six European locations and managed under different conditions. He/she will perform the bioinformatic and genomic data analysis in a large sample set of more than 4500 samples o apple leaves to determine attributes such as diversity parameters, networks and key taxa involved in stress resilience of cultivars in different environments. Also, will conduct GWAS analysis and will contribute in predictive models to identify new loci and candidate genes that regulate microbiome-mediated stress response.

The tasks are included within the framework of the project PCI2022-135079-2: “APPLEBIOME: Microbiome and genomic analysis in apple germplasm towards broadening genetic resources to breed for resilient varieties”.


Educational requirements: PhD in biology, biotechnology, ecology or similar


-        Proficiency in bioinformatics analysis of microbiome data and familiarity with software such as R, and Python.

-        Knowledge in genome-wide association analysis, and statistical modeling.

-        Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.

-        Ability to work collaboratively in an interdisciplinary research team.

-        Strong organizational and time management skills.

Experience: PhD degree with Proved experience in the analysis of plant microbiome (preferably from leaves)


Contract Duration: 20 months

Hours/week: 37.5


Please submit all the application through CRAG website:

CRAG is committed to the principles of the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers of the European Commission. All candidates will be considered qualified for the job without restrictions of gender, race, nationality or disability.

Interested candidates must submit the following documents:

-      Curriculum vitae

-      PhD Certificate or official notification of the award

-      A motivation letter, including a brief summary of work experience and a statement of research interests and career goals (2 pages maximum), including references

Deadline: 16/05/2024

Start date: As soon as possible

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