Post-doc opportunity in Ané lab, UW-Madison

A postdoctoral position is available in Dr. Jean-Michel Ané’s laboratory in the Department of Bacteriology at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.  The postdoctoral researcher will be part of an interdisciplinary team studying nitrogen-fixing bacteria (diazotrophs) on underground and aboveground roots of maize and sorghum. The postdoctoral researcher will be mentored directly by Dr. Jean-Michel Ané. The postdoctoral researcher will characterize the microbial community structure and functions on corn and sorghum roots using metagenomics and synthetic communities. The researcher will also work on genetically improving diazotrophs using synthetic biology approaches.


The researcher will be involved in interdisciplinary collaborations nationally and internationally. We believe that diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation. We value each individual’s contributions and respect the profound ways in which their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricable goals. Our lab aims to make science more inclusive of people of all identities. We strongly encourage people of color and all genders, sexual orientations, and cultural backgrounds to apply.


Starting Salary: $50,000 with full benefits from the University of Wisconsin – Madison


Anticipated Start Date: June 1, 2022



A Ph.D. in Microbiology, Bacterial Genetics, Synthetic Biology, or related fields is required. Candidates must have completed their Ph.D. less than 4 years ago. The successful candidates will have co-authored one or more peer-reviewed publications in reputable international journals in microbiology, bacterial genetics, or synthetic biology.  Candidates with experience in nitrogen fixation or plant-microbe interactions are encouraged to apply, but this expertise is not mandatory. Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and working well in a collaborative environment are essential.


To Apply: Please send a cover letter, a CV, and 3 references by email to Dr. Jean-Michel Ané (