ESR 7 advert

PhD scholarship on Impact of external perturbation on ecosystem biodiversity, function and services at key field sites.

 ECOLE CENTRALE DE LYON (ECL) represenings the joint Research Unit "UMR5005 (AMPERE)" formed together with Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Lyon (INSA) and Université Claude Bernard – Lyon I (UCBL).

ESR7, 3 years starting 01-07-2012 to 31-06-2015

Deadline for applications 31-05-2012

Soil is characterised by many microbial habitats with hundreds of thousands of different microbial species in a few grams and it is a vital component contributing to Ecosystem services. Microbial functions are at the base of soil function is determined by the biodiversity of the soil microorganisms involved. This project aims at Investigation of the impact of external perturbation and induced modifications of soil function and services. The project will be perfomed at key field sites, specifically agricultural soil will be examined after exposure to pollutant addition.

The selected candidates will use a combination of high throughput technologies and extraction methods including mRNA extraction and sequencing to obtain microbial community DNA from highly perturbed environments.

The position is funded for 3 years through the project approved by the European Commission “Support for training and career development of researchers” TRAINBIODIVERSE - FP7 Marie Curie Initial Training Network. The project will be carried out at the Environmental Microbial Genomics Group Ecole Centrale de Lyon. For more information please visit:

We are looking for one expert biochemist or microbiologist with experience in molecular and biochemical techniques.

  • M.Sc. in, microbiology, biochemistry, molecular biology or similar relevant discipline.
  • Fluency in English.

You will be able to engage in teamwork within the group and our collaborator 

Recruiting is in accordance with the European rules for Marie Curie Initial Training Networks. Early-stage researchers can be of any nationality. They must be, at the time of recruitment by the host organisation, in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers and have not yet been awarded a doctoral degree. This is measured from the date when they obtained the degree which would formally entitle them to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the research training is provided, irrespective of whether or not a doctorate is envisaged.

Furthermore, at the time of recruitment by the host organisation, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the reference date. Short stays such as holidays and/or compulsory national service are not taken into account.

An assessment committee will be appointed to evaluate the applications. The final selection of two successful candidates will be made by Professor Timothy M. Vogel, based on the recommendations of the assessment committee. The selected candidates will then be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at the Environmental Microbial Genomics Group Ecole Centrale de Lyon.

Terms of appointment and payment are in accordance with the European regulations and with the Grant Agreement Number 289949 “Support for training and career development of researchers” TRAINBIODIVERSE.

The salary will be specified in the employment contract taking into account the personal status of the selected candidates with reference to their family charges and family mobility allowance. Researchers will be appointed under an employment contract with full social security coverage under national applicable legislation.

The Ecole Centrale de Lyon wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

Documentation must be in English language.

The application must contain:

  • Motivated letter of application
  • Curriculum vitae
  • List of publications
  • Transcript of university examinations (in English)
  • Contact details of 2 persons for references.

The application, together with appendices requested should be e-mailed as a single PDF-file to  Please include in the subject field "your name - PhD scholarship in impact of external perturbation on ecosystem biodiversity, induced modifications and their relation to ecosystem biodiversity.". In addition, a signed hardcopy of the application must be posted to Prof. Timothy M Vogel, Environmental Microbial Genomics Group. Ecole Centrale de Lyon (Bât H9). Université de Lyon. 36 avenue Guy de Collongue. 69134 Ecully Cedex. France. The deadline for applications is 31-05-2012 at 12:00 noon CET.

Eligibility criteria of Marie Curie Initial Training Networks apply. Only applicants who comply with these conditions will be considered. Details can be found on

Applications received after the deadline, or with insufficient documentation or otherwise not complying with the above requirements, may not be considered. It is expected that the selected candidates will be enrolled at the PhD School Ecole Centrale de Lyon as soon as possible and no later than the 01-07-2012.

For further information please contact Professor Timothy M Vogel,