Postdoctoral Fellow in Plant-beneficial rhizobacteria interaction

Position Announcement – Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P), AgroBioSciences program (AgBS)

Job Title: Postdoctoral Fellow

Area of specialization:  Plant-beneficial rhizobacteria interaction

Employment terms:

The successful candidate will be employed on an internationally competitive salary by the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P) based at Benguerir, Morocco to work in the UM6P – UCA, Marrakech – Anhalt University of Applied Science, Bernburg partnership. The initial appointment as Postdoctoral Fellow will be for two years. At the end of the second year, the appointed candidate will be able to apply for a permanent position as Research Fellow at UM6P, subject to delivering a seminar and satisfactory performance as assessed by an evaluation panel.

Job/Project description:

The AgrobioSciences (AGBS) program at Mohamed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P), Benguerir, Morocco is seeking applications for a Postdoctoral Research position with a research focus on the effect of combined water deficit and phosphorus deficiency on Nitrogen fixing legumes and cereals and their associated beneficial rhizobacteria under two farming systems; sole crop and intercropping. Exciting research activity will be carried out in farmers fields, greenhouse and laboratory and consist in selection of legume-rhizobacteria consortia combinations with high P use efficiency for biological nitrogen fixation under water deficit and presenting high facilitation effects for the associate cereal crops toward agrosystem sustainability. Screening will be based on soil analysis, agronomical, physiological and molecular traits in plant, rhizobacteria and rhizospheric soils.

This work will be realized in full collaboration between teams of UM6P, Cadi Ayyad University of Marrakech and Anhalt University of Applied Sciences, Bernburg, Germany.

Key duties

The Postdoc is expected to plan and conduct crop trials in fields (has to interact with local farmers), under greenhouses and in the laboratory. He is expected also to assist in proposal development, produce project reports, publish peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals and contribute to project management and supervises graduate and undergraduate students. The postdoc fellow could contribute to teaching activity.

Criteria of the candidate:   

  • PhD in the field of Plant-beneficial rhizobacteria interactions / crop physiology
  • Strong publication record in leading international journals
  • Experience in supervising students
  • Experience in conducting field and greenhouse work
  • Basic knowledge of microbiology, soil science, farming practices and screening for abiotic stress tolerance.
  • Aptitude for team work, problem solving and collaborative relationships
  • Excellent verbal and written skills in English
  • Organizational dexterity and ability to prioritize and manage multiple goals
  • Positive attitude in changing fast-paced environments
  • Active participation in improvement of self, processes and goals

About UM6P:

Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P, is an international higher education institution, established to provide research and innovation at the service of education and development for Morocco and the African continent. It has a state-of-the-art campus at the heart of the Green City of Benguerir, near Marrakesh. UM6P academics and staff enjoy strong research funding, moderate teaching loads, and excellent facilities. Its research approach is transdisciplinary with an emphasis on international collaboration. Many of our research programs run as start-ups. OCP group (, a world leader in fertilizer production, is a major starter client for the University providing capital and research funds. In parallel, a new portfolio of clients is growing with the development of an R&D cluster around the University and a growing number of international partnerships.

About Anhalt University of Applied Sciences, Bernburg:

Anhalt University of Applied Sciences (AUAS, is a German higher education institution including seven departments at three facility locations. The Bernburg site is dedicated to agricultural sciences, nature protection and economics. The Bernburg campus also harbours the “International Plant Production Centre” of the “German Agricultural Society” and the “State Office for Agriculture and Horticulture”. The collaborative project will be conducted at the faculty of “Agriculture, Ecotrophology and Landscape Development” within the “Institute of Bioanalytical Sciences”. The working group “Sustainable Fertilization and Biological Plant Protection” will conduct the collaborative research and offers excellent bio-analytics (e.g. HPLC, HPLC-MS, LC-MS/MS and GC-MS) and molecular biology skills (e.g. molecular markers, gene expression analysis, DNA sequencing and barcoding as well as bioinformatics) to investigate plant root symbiotic microbes and their soil ecology.

Applications and selection procedure:

Applications must contain:

  • A cover letter indicating the position applied for and the main research interests.
  • A detailed CV.
  • A brief research statement.
  • Contact information of 3 references (Applicants are assumed to have obtained their references’ consent to be contacted for this matter).

All applications will be circulated to all Project Partners for review. The candidates will be shortlisted by all Project Partners and will be invited to an Interview with a search panel composed of scientists from each of the three Project Partners.