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Group Leader in Host Microbiome Interaction

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Group Leader in Host Microbiome Interaction

Group Leader in Host Microbiome Interaction (

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  170003BI )

Group Leader in Host Microbiome Interaction
“I want to create healthier lives through good nutrition”
Nestlé Research Center, Lausanne, Switzerland    Undefined period of time contract, act. rate 100%
Over the last 5 years, the 600-staff NRC has published around 1000 scientific publications in peer review journals and files about 80 patents every year. The NRC also has around 100 research collaborations with universities or research institutes around the world.
The NRC is organized with three large research institutes for Nutritional Science, Materials Science and Food Safety & Analytical Science. These major Institutes are complemented by Research Units focusing on Clinical Development, PetCare. The NRC plays an important role in providing the science behind healthier products, and how food impacts on the host (learn more about the NRC at www.research.nestle.com).
Lausanne is home to the 2 strongholds of Nestlé’s fundamental research: the Nestlé Research Center (NRC) and the Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences (NIHS) that investigate the complex interactions between nutrition, health and wellness.
We are currently looking for a Group Leader to head the Host-Microbe Interaction group within the Gut Ecosystem Department, which is a part of the Institute of Nutritional Science at the NRC.
As the Group Leader of Host-Microbe Interaction group, your key responsibilities will be to lead a team of 10 scientists and technicians studying human microbiota and its cross-talk to the host. Demonstrating strong scientific insight and leadership skills, you will have the responsibility to drive impactful research linking the microbiome and nutritionto health and to integrate related activities transversally in the strategy of the Gut Ecosystem Department.
Key responsibilities
  • Drive the scientific strategy of the group to generate impactful results.
  • Develop nutritional concepts to promote health via modulation of the human microbiome taking the interaction with the host into account
  • Translate novel insights on human microbiome into research and business opportunities
  • Drive the communication and publication strategy of the Group for high scientific impact and product support
  • Promote transversal collaborations within the Department and the Institute
  • Use external network to propose new collaborations supporting key projects
  • Lead, coach and develop the team members
Education and experience
  • PhD in microbiology, microbial ecology or related field
  • Over 5 years post-doctoral experience in research related to human microbiome
  • Knowledge/experience with functional ingredients such as probiotics or fibers is preferred
  • Established network in the area of human microbiome and/or functional ingredients
  • Solid publication record
  • At least 3-4 years experience in leading and developing people
  • Ability to understand and integrate non-scientific considerations (regulatory, product & commercial factors) within applied science
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English
  • Knowledge/experience in nutrition or clinical research, is considered an asset
  • Previous experience with research in industrial environment is considered an advantage
Show us that youdemonstrate excellent scientific insight, combined with the capacity to motivate teams and to enable people to generate results.Your influencing and networking skills, linked to the capacity to tackle different research domains is what will set you apart among the other candidates. If you are an inspiring leader, creative, curious and willing to drive innovation, please apply in Englishatwww.nestle.com/jobs.
The Nestlé Group is the World’s leading Nutrition, Health and Wellness Company with 89,5 billion Swiss Francs in sales in 2016, more than 328,000 employees worldwide and 418 factories in more than 86 countries. We offer an attractive and dynamic international working environment with constant opportunities for development, reflecting our conviction that people are our most important asset. Learn more about our Group and reasons to join us onwww.nestle.com.

Primary Location

:   Switzerland-VD-Lausanne


:   Research/Development


:   Nestec S.A.


:   Full-time

Job Posting

:   Apr 18, 2017, 12:54:00 PM