PhD Position in Compost Microbes, University of Basel, Switzerland

PhD Fellowship IN Switzerland
PhD Position in Compost Microbes: Join us for a 4-year PhD-Thesis-Project aimed at developing sustainable plant protection products based on microorganisms and their metabolites. This innovative research will focus on discovering new bacterial and fungal strains that can protect crops from foliar diseases. You will work with leading research groups across three prestigious institutions in Switzerland.

PhD Position in Harnessing Compost Microbes for New Crop Protection Products Against Foliar Diseases


PhD Student

Research Area:

Plant Science, Microbiology, Ecology, Agronomy, Phytopathology, Molecular Genetics, Analytical Chemistry


Basel, Switzerland


  • MSc degree in Plant Science, Microbiology, Ecology, Agronomy, or a related field
  • Strong interest in Phytopathology, Analysis of Microbial Communities, Molecular Genetics, and Analytical Chemistry
  • Experience with statistics (R)
  • Achievement-oriented and open-minded personality with strong self-motivation and spirit for teamwork
  • Flexibility to work at three different institutes
  • Proficiency in English (spoken and written); German skills are an advantage

Job Description:

  • Adapt and perform plant-pathogen bioassays and in vitro tests to evaluate the efficacy of compost microorganisms/microbial consortia
  • Taxonomic identification of microorganisms involved in plant protection using high-throughput sequencing and isolation techniques
  • Conduct bioinformatic and statistical analyses of metabarcoding data; adapt and develop analytical pipelines and R-codes
  • Identify active compounds produced by beneficial microorganisms using HPLC-MS, NMR spectroscopy, and other techniques
  • Present research findings at national and international conferences
  • Publish results in scientific journals

How to Apply:

Only online applications will be accepted. Applications should include:

  • An application letter
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Copies of MSc & BSc certificates/diplomas
  • Contact details of two references

For more information and to apply online, visit University of Basel Job Portal.

Last Date to Apply:

Applications are welcome until the position is filled. Review of applications will begin on July 29, 2024.

For additional inquiries, contact:

  • Dr. Barbara Thürig (
  • Dr. Pascale Flury (
  • Prof. Olivier Potterat (



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