Post-doctoral position (2 years) in Ecology of Plant-Microbe Interactions at the University of Zurich

We are seeking a post doctoral researcher to work in a consortium project aiming to understand how biological diversity could be integrated into our food production systems to develop sustainable and climate-smart farming practices. Specifically, we are addressing questions regarding how above-ground plant diversity links with below-ground microbial diversity, and how these jointly affect plant fitness, resistance and resilience to both biotic and abiotic stress using experimental approaches. The consortium joins expertise in agriculture, plant ecology, soil microbial ecology and climate science. It is an exciting interdisciplinary effort addressing cutting edge scientific questions with direct applicability. For more information about the consortium, please visit:

For more information, please contact prof. Anna-Liisa Laine email. For more information on the research group of Prof. Laine, please visit our website

Postdoctoral position requirements:

  • The successful applicant should have a doctoral degree in ecology, evolutionary biology, plant biology, microbial ecology or agricultural sciences (or similar),
  • previous experience working with questions and methods related to plant diversity and ecology of plant associated microbes (mycorrhizae / plant pathogens etc.),
  • previous experience in analysis of microbial community sequence data is not necessary but considered an advantage,
  • excellent written and verbal communication skills,
  • ability to conceive, execute and complete research projects,
  • abiliy to think independently and creatively,
  • ability to work in a team and independently.

How to apply:
Send your application by 22 January 2020 as a single pdf file to Jacqueline Moser email. Applications should include the following documents as a single pdf file:

  • motivational letter (max 1 page),
  • CV (max 2 pages),
  • publication list.

Please also include contact information of two persons willing to provide a reference letter by separate request.

Starting date March 2020 but to be determined by mutual agreement.