In collaboration with Agroscope at the Federal Office of Agriculture, the University of Bern is offering two PhD positions in the fields of bacterial genomics, food microbiology and nutritional sciences. The two PhD theses are central contributions to the Polyfermenthealth project funded by the Gebert Rüf Stiftung.

PhD1 will focus on in silico/bioinformatics analyses of bacterial genomes. This will include predictive genome-scale modeling of the bacterial culture collection, the analysis of experimental genomic as well as transcriptomic data from bacterial communities in yoghurts and along the gastrointestinal tract of mice having ingested these products.

PhD2 will focus on the experimental part of the project, including the development of polyfermented yoghurts and the conductance of the nutritional intervention studies in mice. The work will further require a characterization of the metabolomes of yoghurts and murine biofluids as well as of the genome and/or transcriptome of the gut microbiota of the mice.

If interested, please send your application, including CV, letter of motivation and contact details of references, via mail to PD Dr Guy Vergères, Head Polyfermenthealth, Agroscope, Schwarzenburgstrasse 161, CH-3003 Berne, Tel. +41 (0)58 463 81 54, guy.vergeres@agroscope.admin.ch

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