To reinforce our team in Geneva, Switzerland, we are seeking a PhD Student.
PhD position in glycobioinformatics

Employer

University of Geneva (UNIGE)


Work Location

Geneva, Switzerland


Employment fraction

100%


Type of contract

temporary

Job tasks
We offer a PhD position in co-tutelle between the University of Geneva and the University of Grenoble-Alpes. The topic is related to the study of carbohydrate-binding proteins (lectins) and involves the UniLectin portal, composed of UniLectin3D, a database with more than 2000 3D-structures of lectins and LectinPred, a prediction toolbox based on the lectin structure classification to screen available genomes. 
The project includes extending the sequence coverage of lectins, modeling carbohydrate binding domains in the new lectins predicted in genomes, predicting specificity towards complex oligosaccharides, and improving lectin domain annotation.

The PhD is planned as follows:
First 18 months in  CERMAV – Centre de Recherches sur les Macromolecules Végetales (cermav.cnrs.fr)  affiliated to the University of Grenoble Alpes and next 18 months in the Proteome Informatics Group of SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics (www.sib.swiss/frederique-lisacek-group) integrated in the University of Geneva. The two teams collaborate on the development of bioinformatics tools for the study of glycosciences, with complementary expertise.
Profile requirements
The successful candidate must demonstrate very good programming skills applied in bioinformatics (Java and Python). Good knowledge of database development and management (PostgreSQL) as well as some knowledge of data analysis and mining methods are expected. Experience in JavaScript is a plus. Finally, our international environment requires high proficiency in spoken and written English.
The candidate should be able to interact with two different teams, working in different domains. Adaptability, sociability and eagerness to learn will be key requirements, as well as being able to work independently.

How to apply
If you are interested in this challenging and highly interesting position, please send your application including CV and letter of motivation to Frédérique Lisacek.