Postdoctoral Research Fellow position


Applications are invited for a 2-year Postdoctoral position funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation in the Photosymbiosis team in the Cell and Plant Physiology Laboratory (Grenoble, France). We are seeking a highly motivated scientist with excellent skills and knowledge in volume electron microscopy and image analysis. The work will be performed under the supervision of Johan Decelle (CNRS, Univ of Grenoble Alpes, France) and in collaboration with Yannick Schwab (EMBL Heidelberg, Germany) and Ian Probert (Sorbonne Université – Roscoff Marine Station, France).

The postdoctoral position is available for 2 years

Deadline for applications: 1st of March 2023


The successful candidate will be involved in the ATLASYMBIO project funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation (Symbiosis in Aquatic Systems initiative). The overall aim of the project is to explore diverse microbial symbioses in the ocean and freshwater ecosystems at the nanoscale using 3D electron microscopy (FIB-SEM, cryo-electron tomography) and build an open-access atlas for the community. These symbioses will be collected during the TREC expedition ( and through international collaborations. 3D reconstruction will focus on the symbionts and the host-symbiont interface to further understand the functioning of the symbiotic interaction. The candidate will particularly focus on establishing workflows for image analysis (e.g. segmentation, 3D reconstruction, morphometric anlyses) for targeted cell-cell symbioses. This project will be in close collaboration with different local and international institutes, such as CEA Grenoble, Institute of Structural Biology (IBS Grenoble), the EMBL (Heidelberg), and the Marine Station in Roscoff. The candidate will therefore benefit from this interdisciplinary network.


Requirements and qualifications:

– The candidate should have a good academic track record, and solid background and research experience in image analysis and 3D electron microscopy (e.g. FIB-SEM, cryo-electron tomography).

– Knowledge and research experience in sample preparation for electron microscopy would be considered an advantage.

– PhD (or final stages of PhD) in image processing, cellular biology, biophysics.

– Excellent written and oral communication skills and proficiency in English are required. French is optional.

– The candidate should have good interpersonal skills and ability to work independently, but also to interact well within an international and interdisciplinary research group.


Application: deadline, March 1st 2023


Please send to a single PDF containing:

– a full CV (including a list of publications)

– a 1-2 page cover letter explaining your research interests and goals, how your skills meet the requirements, and what you can bring in the project.