AGC - Postdoctoral Position at the African Genome Center

Morocco (MA)
24 Oct 2023
End of advertisement period
15 Dec 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

UM6P Overview:

Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P) is a globally-oriented institution of higher education, dedicated to an educational framework built on the highest teaching and research standards within fields relevant to sustainable economic development in Morocco and Africa. UM6P is geared towards applied research and innovation, with a specific focus on Africa. Its goal is to position these fields at the forefront and attain international recognition as a university. UM6P is not just a traditional academic institution; it serves as a platform for experimentation and a hub of opportunities for students, faculty, and staff. It boasts a top-notch living and learning environment, thanks to its state-of-the-art infrastructure. UM6P places research and innovation at the core of its educational mission as a catalyst for its business model.

African Genome Center (AGC) Introduction:

The AGC entity houses a comprehensive genomics, metabolomics, Genome Editing, Genetic engineering, and bioinformatics platform designed to serve as a central point for research and training. It hosts a diverse and tightly-knit scientific community and offers cutting-edge molecular and genomic resources. Its primary mission is to establish itself as an accredited research and diagnostic center in Morocco and Africa. This involves conducting fundamental and applied scientific research in areas such as food security, agriculture, conservation, environment, and health, as well as contributing to technology transfer and the training of highly skilled personnel.

Position Description:

A Postdoctoral position with a fellowship is now open to join the genomics group at the African Genome Center (AGC) within the University Mohamed VI Polytechnic (UM6P) in Morocco. This group utilizes innovative approaches in molecular biology and genomics to investigate microbe interactions. The selected candidate will be engaged in research projects related to environmental genomics.

Candidate Qualifications:

  • Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in biology, molecular biology, genomics, or a related field.
  • Proficiency in genetics and molecular techniques is essential. Competence in DNA/RNA extractions, PCR, and library preparations is anticipated. Knowledge in next-generation sequencing (NGS) and experience in data analysis, meta-analysis, and proficiency in R and Python languages would be advantageous. We also expect a demonstrated ability to plan, conduct research, and interpret results, leading to publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Proven supervisory skills and adaptability in changing environments are desirable.

Our Offer:

We provide an excellent working environment in a highly interdisciplinary and international research setting, complete with state-of-the-art research facilities. Postdoctoral fellows will receive a competitive full-time fellowship package with accompanying social benefits. Additionally, incumbents will have an opportunity to visit our collaborative laboratories in the UK. We also offer initiatives promoting work-life balance and health promotion services. The African Genome Center at Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P) fosters a cohesive scientific community and provides the infrastructure needed to employ cutting-edge molecular and genomic approaches to address issues related to food security, agriculture, conservation, mine reclamation, and human health in Morocco and Africa.

Employment Level: Full-time for a duration of two years.

Application Deadline: December 15, 2023

Start Date: As soon as qualified candidates are available.

How to Apply: Interested individuals should submit a single PDF file containing (i) a letter of motivation, (ii) a concise overview of research experiences, (iii) an updated CV, and (iv) contact details for two references.

For more information, please contact Dr. Khaoula Errafii at

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