• Post-doc Available

  • Available 3 PhD positions on the topic “Integrative systematics and metagenomics for the study of ciliates and their bacterial symbionts”.

We are actively looking for competitive, not-Italian candidates

Candidates having any combination of the following expertise are especially welcome:

Ciliate biology, Protistology, evolutionary biology, ciliate or protist cell culturing, bacterial symbiont biology, traditional morphology and morphometric, taxonomy, systematics, evolution, host-symbiont interaction and co-evolution, silver nitrate and protargol cell staining, scientific hand drawing for taxonomic purposes, Scanning Electron Microscopy, Transmission Electron Microscopy, ecology, in vivo experiments with protist, advanced statistics, microbial ecology, molecular biology, molecular systematics, Next Generation Sequencing, bioinformatics, Linux, metagenomics assembly programs, metagenomic analysis, transcriptomics, comparative genomics, phylogenomics, metabolic pathway reconstruction, Rickettsiales and/or Verrucomicrobiales biology and genomics, microbiome characterization and analysis, bacterial and parasitic fish disease, wastewater treatment.

Deadline for the application 19th July at 1.00 p.m. (Italian time, bureaucratic procedure is a bit complex)

All interested scholars are invited to contact each of us for any information, advice, or also for an “informal” pre-evaluation of their own Curriculum Vitae.

Our contacts are:

Letizia Modeo, email: letizia.modeo@unipi.it
Giulio Petroni, email: giulio.petroni@unipi.it

Please consider that probably one candidate will be selected to work mainly in Integrative Systematics while the other mainly in Metagenomics.

Please also note that scholars who already get a PhD outside Italy or students who will defend their diploma/master within 31/10/2017 are as well eligible for the application.

Interested candidates should submit the application before deadline (19th July at 1.00 p.m. Italian time) following instruction available at the links:


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