Faucher Lab

Genetics of water-borne bacterial pathogens


One Postdoc Position Available to Study the Evolution of Legionella pneumophila in Water Systems

Posted by Sebastien Faucher on September 19, 2019 at 10:50 AM

One postdoc position is available at McGill University, Macdonald Campus. The project is fully funded by NSERC. A competitive salary will be provided according to the McGill University postdoctoral fellow collective agreement.

Legionella pneumophila (Lp) is an aquatic bacterium that thrives in natural and artificial water systems, such as cooling towers and water distribution networks. Lp can be aerosolized by such systems and transmitted to humans. After inhalation, the bacterium reaches the lungs and causes a pneumonia called Legionnaire’s disease. In water systems, Lp is found associated with biofilms and grows inside phagocytic protozoans, such as amoeba and ciliates. Strains of Lp differ in their host range and their ability to survive stresses, including heat shock and disinfectant. The goal of this project is to identify horizontal gene transfer event between Lp and the resident microbiota of a model water system. The postdoc will perform controlled experimental evolution assays and use high-throughput screening procedures and metagenome sequencing. 

Interested applicants should hold a PhD degree in microbiology, bioinformatics or related field. Experience in molecular biology and whole genome sequencing is considered an asset.

Start date: fall 2019 or winter 2020.

Information: https://www.faucherlab.com ;

Please send a detailed CV and contact information of 3 references to: 

Sebastien P. Faucher

Associate Professor

McGill University



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