3 years, INRAE Toulouse (France)
We are looking for a motivated candidate to apply together to an INRAE grant to obtain funding for a 3 years post-doctoral position (gross global fellowship between 3,500 and 4,800 euros depending on qualifications). The most important eligibility criteria are (i) less than 1 year in France during the last 3 years and (ii) less than 10 years after PhD obtention. The exact scope of the proposal can be accommodated according to the candidate preferences.
Unravelling biological mechanisms underpinning complex traits is a common objective in various species, especially to improve the robustness of farm animals. The epigenome is now known to contribute to phenotypic variability but deciphering between genetic and non-genetic effects remains a challenge. Up-to-date sequencing technologies, such as Oxford Nanopore Technology, allow to simultaneously investigate both genetic and epigenetic variations. The successful candidate will use data from state-of-the-art technologies using long-read sequencing to explore non-genetic inheritance and genomic imprinting. He/She will (i) analyse putative transgenerational epigenetic inheritance by detecting differential methylated regions and genetic variants between two avian "epi-lines" obtained after changes in ancestor's environment (ii) characterize genomic imprinting in pigs by identifying imprinted loci through the analysis of reconstructed haplotyped methylomes. The dataset, obtained in the framework of a European project, will be available at the beginning of the position. In addition, the candidate will have opportunity to work or participate on multiple funded genomics projects.
PhD in Computational Biology (Epigenomics) or Bioinformatics
willingness to learn new technologies
skills in genetics is a plus