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Identification of mTOR amino-acid sensing regulators in rainbow trout
Deadline for applications
Date of publication


Details on the type of contract
Postdoctoral contract
Duration of contract
3 years (with possible extension for up to 2 additional years)

34 k€ / an


Name of unit of assignment
UMR1419 NUMEA Nutrition, Métabolisme, Aquaculture
Address of unit of assignment
INRA Aquapôle de Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle - 173 Route de Saint-Jean-de-Luz RD 918 - 64310 SAINT-PEE-SUR-NIVELLE
Website of unit of assignment
Region of assignment


Working environment

Description of the unit and the host team:

The UMR1419 INRA-UPPA Nutrition, Metabolism, Aquaculture (NuMéA) of the Aquapole of Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle has a long history of research in the field of farmed fish nutrition. Its research is part of a global expansion of aquaculture and the need to find alternatives to the use of fish meal and fish oil in aquaculture feeds to ensure the sustainable development of aquaculture.


Missions and activities entrusted :

Scientific background/Project:

The discovery of the serine/threonine kinase called mechanistic Target of Rapamycin (mTOR) considerably contributed to improve our understandings in basic cell/organism biology. More than 20 years later, it is generally accepted that mTOR plays a central role linking nutrients availability with cell growth proliferation and metabolism. Amongst the multitude of signals leading to mTOR activation, one remains to be clarified: the amino-acid sensing pathway. Indeed, numerous studies performed in variousin vitroandin vivomodels (human and mouse cell lines, yeast…) have identified key players and pathways by which mTOR senses amino acids. However, the available data are still contradictory and far from exhaustive.

In this context, the NuMeA (Nutrition Metabolism Aquaculture) INRA-UPPA join unit has been conducting research for the past ten years on the role of amino acids in the control of the mTOR signalling pathway in rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss), a strict carnivorous species metabolically adapted for high utilization of dietary amino acids. Research carried out in this unit has thus led to the characterization of the main actors and signalling pathways involved in the control of mTOR in this species and the postdoctoral position proposed here is part of work performed by the unit on the role of amino acids in the control of mTOR.

Based on previous studies and preliminary results, our current working hypothesis is that mTOR is less efficiently activated by amino acids in rainbow trout compared to mammals. We now aim to understand, at the molecular level, reasons that impair mTOR amino acid sensing in trout. The expression balance between mTOR activators and repressors as well as the identification of specific mTOR repressors in trout represents few examples of experiments that the candidate will be encouraged to explore to better characterise mTOR amino acid sensing in trout. Directed strategies (such as siRNA and CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing technology) combined to a high-through put screen based on a downstream pathway regulated by mTOR will be employed to successfully address this ambitious project. Once the candidate will have identified and studied key genes involved in mTOR amino acid sensing machinery in fish cell lines, the project will then be up-scaled byin vivoexperiments to determine the outcomes of the dysregulation of the newly identified genes on trout physiology, metabolism and growth.

The successful candidate will work in a young and dynamic group in close collaborations with local, national and international talented scientists. He/she will also be given the opportunity to be involved in the teaching program of the University of Pau for a total of 64 hours per years.

Key words:mTOR, amino acid metabolism, autophagy, growth factor, fish, aquaculture

Training and skills required

Recommended training:PhD in biochemistry or cellular biology with a good scientific track record
Desired knowledges: Metabolism, autophagy and cellular signalisation
Desired experience: A strong experience in molecular and cell biology techniques is desired and a previous experience in high-through put screen would be an advantage.
Desiredskills: The candidate must be highly motivated, fluent in English with the capacity to work autonomously besides developing strong collaborations.


Application will include (in a single pdf file):

-          A motivation letter

-          A curriculum vitae

-          A short summary of your past research (2 pages maximum)

-          Contact details of three referees

Application must be send to the following email address with the title “Postdoc application”: