O Centro Pluridisciplinar de Pesquisas Químicas, Biológicas e Agrícolas (CPQBA/UNICAMP) está com uma vaga para Pós-doutorado com bolsa FAPESP em Mudanças climáticas, diversidade funcional e filogenética de micro-organismos e funcionamento do ecossistema.
Climate change, functional and phylogenetic diversity of micro-organisms and ecosystem
Candidate profile: young researcher with a PhD
Duration: 24 months
Fellowship stipend: R$ 7.373,10 Brazilian Reais / month
Location: Chemical, Biological and Agricultural Pluridisciplinary Research Center (CPQBA),
State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil
Application deadline: October 20th , 2021 (midnight Brasília Time [BRT]; UTC-03:00)
This position is offered within the scope of the Thematic Project entitled Freshwater
ecosystems under climate change: impacts across multiple levels of organization, funded by
São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP, 2019/08474-8), and coordinated by Dr Gustavo
Romero (IB-UNICAMP) and Dr. Valéria Maia Merzel (CPQBA-UNICAMP).
Aims and Tasks
The candidate will investigate the drivers of spatiotemporal changes (mostly climatic, but also
land use) on taxonomic, functional and phylogenetic components of microbial community
diversity associated to bromeliad ecosystems in natural environments as well as in mesocosm
experiments. To achieve these aims, the candidate will collect and process biological samples
for total DNA extraction, in addition to performing high throughput sequencing of 16S rRNA
amplicons and metagenomic DNA, and further bioinformatic analyses of sequence datasets
using modern rapidly advancing programs and pipelines, as well as statistical tools for later
estimates and broad comparisons of the communities' phylogenetic and functional diversity.
Overall candidate’s requirement
(according to FAPESP: https://fapesp.br/en/postdoc)
• The candidate should have concluded a doctorate less than seven years before the
beginning of the PD fellowship;
• The fellowship demands full time dedication to the research project;
• The fellowship holder may not hold any formal or informal employment nor receive,
during the term of the fellowship, a fellowship from another entity, salary or
remuneration deriving from the exercise of activities of whatever nature.
Researcher skills required
We are looking for a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher,with a successful research track
record, and with background on (i) molecular biology; (ii) microbiology; (iv) microbial
community ecology and biodiversity analyses, including functional and phylogenetic alpha- and
beta-diversity, (v) bioinformatics, data analysis and presentation using R language. Solid
scientific communication skills, including writing and oral in English, is required.
Post-doctoral fellowship stipend
The successful candidate will receive a post-doctoral fellowship stipend of R$ 7,373.10 Brazilian
reais per month, over 24 months. Please, see details at https://fapesp.br/en/postdoc.
Supervision and Contact
The project will be supervised by Dr. Valéria Maia Merzel (CPQBA/ State University of
Campinas) in close collaboration with national and international partners involved in the
Thematic project. Periods of mobility among partners are expected.
Application and Deadline
Please attach the following documents:
• Cover letter (3-page max), including a description of your research background and
• Detailed CV;
• Contact information for 3 academic references (references may be contacted after
The deadline for submitting the application is October 20th, 2021 (midnight Brasília Time
For any additional information, please send an email to the address above.