Harro Bouwmeester

Assistant Professor Plant-Microbiome Interaction

University of Amsterdam

Are you the outstanding (junior) researcher in the field of Plant-microbiome Interaction with a collaborative mindset, intellectual curiosity and passion for teaching? Then we are looking for you to complement and strengthen the Plant Hormone Biology group  and the Biosystems Data Analysis group .

The mission of the Plant Hormone Biology group is to understand the chemical communication of plants with other organisms in their environment, particularly belowground, and how this affects the behaviour of these other organisms. The Biosystems Data Analysis group develops data analysis and modeling methods for analyzing complex biological data, among others metabolomics and microbiome data, with a focus on data fusion.

One of our joint research topics is the interaction between plants and their root microbiome. For this work we use omics approaches and the analysis and integration of such datasets to discover new mechanistic relationships underlying the plant-microbiome interaction.

Host-microbiome interaction is a field of increasing importance. Plants benefit from their interaction with micro-organisms, often in interaction with the complex community collectively called the microbiome, which contributes to host fitness. Indeed, there are more and more indications that microbes and the microbiome play a substantial role in resilience of plants to environmental conditions and thus may play an important role in the quest for sustainable agriculture. We study how the host is affecting the microbiome and vice versa.

What are you going to do?

We are looking for an assistant professor to strengthen our team. You are an experimental biologist, with affinity for omics data analysis approaches, and will study how plants shape the rhizosphere microbiome and its functionality. This will be done in close interaction with biologists in the Plant Hormone Biology and data analysts in the Biosystems Data Analysis groups as well as with the Research Priority Area ‘Systems biology’ of SILS and IBED.

You are expected to:

develop a research line on the plant-microbiome interaction;
research questions could be, but are not limited to:How do plants shape the root microbial community and its functionality?
What is the effect of stress on this recruitment strategy and the microbiome functionality?
How is root microbiome recruitment depending on host genetics and how was it shaped by evolution?
be active in your research line, resulting in scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals;
be active in grant writing;
teach in the BSc and MSc programs of Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Bioinformatics & Systems Biology and supervise students.

To apply for this job please visit vacatures.uva.nl.