Job area
Research & Development
Marquette-lez-Lille, France
Contract type
Fix term contract
3 to 5 years

Job description

About the project: We offer an 18-month fellowship to explore the influence of microorganisms in the regulation of gut-brain interactions. Your work will focus on the characterization of our library of yeast and bacteria to identify eligible psychobiotics (a novel class of probiotic that convey mental health benefit) and or postbiotics to manage mood and stress. You will implement screening systems and cell-based assays to identify lead strains with the help of experienced technical staff. Those strains will be further characterized with in vitro gut simulators mimicking human or animal gastrointestinal conditions and culture of neuronal primary cells, organoids, or related cell lines. We are looking for a creative researcher with expertise in microbiology and cell biology, skilled in assay development and willing to step in an industrial career. The working language is English, and the project will be under the co-supervision of Dr. Nabil Bosco & Dr. Celine Monnet.



What will make you successful?

PhD completed in the last 5 years in microbiology, microbiome, host & microbe interactions or equivalent with publication track-records

Experience working in interdisciplinary and international teams

Additional assets: Skills in tissue engineering or organoid cell culture or OMICS data analysis using scientifically established methods

Company description

A key global player in fermentation for more than a century, Lesaffre, with a 2,2 billion euro turnover, and established on all continents, counts 10,700 employees and more than 85 nationalities. On the strength of this experience and diversity, we work with customers, partners and researchers to find ever more relevant answers to the needs of food, health, naturalness and respect for our environment. Thus, every day, we explore and reveal the infinite potential of microorganisms.

To nourish 10 billion people, in a healthy way, in 2050 by making the most of our planet’s resources is a major and unprecedented issue. We believe that fermentation is one of the most promising answers to this challenge.

Lesaffre Institute of Science and Technology employs approximately 200 people and continuously seeks for new talent to join our new R&D center and laboratories. As Research Associate, you will integrate a group investigating host and microbe interactions to valorize existing products or discover new bioactives from Lesaffre culture collection of microorganisms. We look for a talent working with passion and able to drive or adapt to the change. Don’t miss the opportunity to join us and work with different teams in an agile and multicultural environment.