To reinforce our team in Zürich, Switzerland, we are seeking two Ph.D. positions.
Two Ph.D. positions: The evolution of regulatory complexity


Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ)



Work city

Zürich, Switzerland

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Type of contract


Job tasks
Two 4-year Ph.D. positions are available in the group of Joshua L. Payne ( in the Institute of Integrative Biology at ETH Zurich. The group studies the design constraints, robustness, and evolution of gene regulation, particularly at the level of transcription, using both modeling and data-driven approaches.

The projects are quantitative in nature, and pertain to the evolution of complexity in gene regulation. They will leverage publicly-available, functional genomics data with computational models of gene regulatory circuits. The projects are intentionally open-ended, so each student will gain experience identifying and addressing open research questions.

Salaries are highly competitive. The earliest start date is September 1st, 2017.
Profile requirements
Applicants with a quantitative background, including a master's degree in the life sciences, complexity science, bioinformatics, mathematics, computer science, or physics, are encouraged to apply.
How to apply
If you are interested in the position, please send an email to with "Application for Ph.D. position" in the subject line. Include (as a single pdf) your CV and publication list, the names of at least 2 references, and a one-page research statement highlighting why you think you'd be a good fit for the position.