To reinforce our team in Lausanne, Switzerland, we are seeking a Postdoctoral.
Posdoc - comparative genomics


University of Lausanne (UNIL)

Work Location

Lausanne, Switzerland

Employment fraction


Type of contract


Job tasks
The Arguello Lab ( is looking for a postdoc that will lead the computational analyses of our work on the evolution of sensory organs using bulk RNA-seq and single-cell "omic" datasets. This work will be carried out using ecologically diverse Drosophila species. The postdoc will work alongside a technician that will be involved in data generation.

We are a research group in the University of Lausanne's Department of Ecology and Evolution, and a member group of the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics ( Our interests are in the genomic and cellular bases of sensory differences and sensory-related behaviors, as well as other fundamental evolutionary genomic questions. We combine tools and approaches from evolutionary/population genomics, neurobiology/neurogenetics, developmental biology, behavioral biology, and large-scale genomics. Our team includes experimentalists and computational biologists (hybrid expertise always welcomed). Ecologically diverse Drosophila species provide our model system(s).

Key responsibilities:
The details of the research project will be defined between the postdoc and group leader. Most of her/his time will be dedicated to research, but a contribution to teaching is expected, including the possibility of supervising master students. The job description stipulates:
~80% Personal research
~15% Participation to teaching/mentoring activities
~5% Various lab/institutional tasks.

Profile requirements
The candidate should be imaginative, dynamic and collegial. Computational experience is a necessity, as is a demonstrated ability to perform high-quality quantitative research, and capacity to formulate hypotheses,test them, and follow the work through to completion/publication.

  • PhD degree in the biological sciences with strong computational expertise (i.e. evolutionary biology, neurobiology, developmental biology, systems biology)
  • Excellent computer programming (i.e. Python, R) and quantitative skills
  • Experience in genomics
  • Track record of writing papers as evidenced by publications, pre-prints or submitted manuscripts in referred journals
  • Evidence of data presentation at scientific meetings
  • Ability to work independently and within a group
  • Strong motivation and enthusiasm for science

  • Experience in evolutionary genomics
  • Experience with single-cell analysis and/or transcriptomics/epigenomics and/or systems biology
  • Experience working with large-scale datasets

For more information about the lab and projects, or for further questions, please visit: or email Roman at:

How to apply
Formal applications have to be made through HR and must include a cover letter detailing your research interests and background, a CV, and the names of references (2-3). Applications should both be uploaded through the University of Lausanne platform (here), and sent as a single pdf to