Post-doctoral position in molecular microbiology – bacterial utilization of lanthanides
A 24 months postdoc fellowship is available in the EMMA Microbial Ecology team at the Interdisciplinary Laboratory for Continental Environments (LIEC), Nancy, France (https://liec.univ-lorraine.fr/). The team studies the impact of organic and metallic pollutants on microorganisms at the cellular, population and community levels. The main themes are the physiological and molecular adaptation of bacteria and fungi to pollutants, ecotoxicological responses and resilience mechanisms in polluted environments. In recent years, particular attention has been paid to lanthanides (rare earth elements), not only as potentially hazardous contaminants, but also as new “life metals” serving as a cofactor for methanol dehydrogenases and related alcohol dehydrogenases in many environmentally important bacteria.
The position is part of the LanthanomiPs project, funded by ANR (2023-2027), involving six French partners with relevant expertise in molecular microbiology, biochemistry and structural biology, to explore the mechanisms underlying the uptake, trafficking, utilization and toxicity of lanthanides in the bacterium Pseudomonas putida.