Postdoc position DifKin V2 .pdf

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Postdoctoral Position offer
Microbiology at Institut Pasteur, Paris
A 30-month postdoctoral fellowship funded by National Research Agency (ANR) is available in the Laboratory
Pathogenesis of Anaerobic Bacteria at Institute Pasteur Department of Microbiology.
Project outline
The team works on the pathogenesis of C. difficile, a major spore-forming anaerobic enteropathogen, being
responsible for antibiotic associated diarrhea in adults.
In the DifKin project funded by ANR, we would like to define the role of the Hanks kinase PrkC in the infectious cycle
of C. difficile. We already showed that PrkC plays a key role in the envelope homeostasis and in the resistance to
antimicrobial compounds including antibiotics promoting C. difficile infection such as cephalosporins, antimicrobial
peptides, a first line of defense inside the host and deoxycholate, a compound preventing growth of C. difficile in the
gastrointestinal tract. To explore the role of PrkC and its associated phosphatase (STP) as well as protein
phosphorylation events during the C. difficile infectious cycle, we propose to combine global approaches such as
phosphoproteomic, the gold-standard to detect phosphorylation events and identification of prkC suppressors by
NGS, with targeted genetic and biochemical strategies as well as to use animal models of C. difficile infection. The
main objectives of the project will be i) to define the role of PrkC and STP in the bacterial envelope homeostasis, in
antimicrobial compound resistance, in adhesion steps and in the ability of C. difficile to colonize the host, ii) to identify
their targets and iii) to characterize the role of PrkC/STP targets focusing in priority to proteins likely involved in
resistance to antimicrobial compounds or in signaling pathways important for C. difficile infection.
The Post-doc will benefit from state-of-the-art technological platforms and highly dynamic and multidisciplinary
scientific environment and of skills of our partners in animal model and envelope homeostasis (UbaPS, Chatenay), in
protein phosphorylation (GME, MICALIS) and in phospho-proteomic (Proteomic Platform, Institut Pasteur).
We are looking for highly motivated, talented and rigorous candidate. The applicants will have a PhD in biological
science and are expected to have a strong background in microbiology ideally with an experience in post-translational
modification. Experience in bacterial cell envelope is not required but would be a plus. Good communication skills are
Please send a cover letter summarizing your past experience and research interests and a CV including the names
and contact information of references via email to Isabelle Martin-Verstraete (
Post-Doc starting in 2018.

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