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Great feedback from the audience and inspiring discussion at #Bageco15.


Round Table – “Microbiome Manipulation using Beneficial Microbes” promoted by BAGECO and the Beneficial Microbes for Microorganisms (BMMO) network

Join us at BAGECO 2019! BMMO network round table + amazing talks in Lisbon, May 26-30, 2019

Postdoc on deep sea microbiome analysis in Rio de Janeiro

A postdoctoral position is available at the Department of Microbiology at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Applications are invited for a 3-year postdoctoral research position. The researcher will analyse metagenomic, metatranscriptomic, genomic and amplicon datasets derived from microbial communities of deep sea samples (sediments, corals, sponges and water). In addition, the researcher will work with datasets derived from experiments carried out in a “deep sea simulator”, The aim is to survey and characterise the diversity and function of microbiomes associated with deep sea organisms and explore how environmental impacts can affect these metaorganisms. The expected outcome of the work define new metabolisms and interactions as well as the development of deep sea probiotics. The post doc will be supervised by Prof. Raquel Peixoto (UFRJ) and Prof. Torsten Thomas (UNSW / Australia).


  • A Ph.D. degree in Bioinformatics, Microbiology, Computational Biology, Biostatistics, Genomics or a related field.
  • Strong experience in the bioinformatic analysis of microbial community data (.e.g -omcis, amplicon) or similar types of data
  • Solid knowledge and experience in the statistical analysis of multivariate datasets
  • Knowledge and experience of microbiology, ideally in host-associated systems.


Please apply by email to Dr. Raquel Peixoto [] and include your CV, brief summary of previous research experience (up to 2 pages) and name and contacts for 2-3 references.

Deadline: 03/15/2019


15th Symposium on Bacterial Genetics and Ecology “Ecosystem drivers in a changing planet” 26–30 May 2019 • Lisbon/Portugal

The bi-annual BAGECO symposium is a leading European conference in prokaryotic genetics and ecology, promoting debate and discussion around the most pressing questions in the broad fields of microbiology, microbial ecology, metagenomics and complementary disciplines. In this regard, the BMMO network will promote a round table on beneficial microbes and “Host-microbe interactions as driving forces of ecosystems”. Dr. Michael Sweet will moderate this BMMO round table and Dr. Raquel Peixoto is an invited speaker presenting “Microbiome manipulation of marine hosts and its potential to foster ecosystem resilience”. We are excited about the opportunity to discuss the state-of-the-art, new ideas, questions and challenged on this topic in Lisbon!