The research interests of our group Beneficial Plant-Microbe Interactions at the Institute of Agricultural Sciences (ICA-CSIC, Madrid, Spain) (https://www.ica.csic.es/) is mainly focused on the study of microorganisms beneficial for plants, and in particular the mutualistic relationships (mycorrhizal and N fixation) and their implication in key soil processes such as C and nutrient cycling and plant interactions.
We are looking for a highly motivated student, interested in microbial ecology, beneficial plant-microbe interactions and forest soil ecology, to join our research team. She/he should have background in natural sciences (Biology, Environmental Sciences, Forestry or similar), and enthusiasm for research. Prior experience in laboratory and fieldwork is not required but will be welcome. The selected candidate will participate in a stimulating project to study the microbial communities (fungi and bacteria) associated with trees that produce black truffle – one of the most appreciated edible fungus worldwide - in plantations and natural forests in Spain. The candidate will join our group to actively collaborate in experimental set ups, daily laboratory work, data analysis and interpretation, and presentation of results in lab meetings and seminars.