To reinforce our team in Lausanne, Switzerland, we are seeking
Postdoctoral position in biodiversity informatics


University of Lausanne (UNIL)

Work Location

Lausanne, Switzerland

Employment fraction


Type of contract


Job tasks

We are seeking to recruit someone with a PhD in informatics, bioinformatics, computer science, data and knowledge engineering, or related fields. 

The candidate’s qualifications and experience should equip them with the ability to innovatively apply informatics solutions to identify, connect, organize, and integrate arthropod biodiversity data from disparate sources. The candidate will take on the leadership of a project in the group that has to date focused on employing modern text-mining methods to extract arthropod organismal and ecological trait data from large bodies of diverse types of textual resources. She or he will thus need to be familiar with text/data-mining, natural language processing, text processing libraries, semantic knowledge engineering, and/or algorithms for integrating semantic technologies. Experience of using and/or building ontologies for representing with formal naming and definitions, categories, properties, and relations between concepts, data, and entities would be a great advantage. No prior knowledge of arthropod biology or taxonomy is required, just an enthusiasm for biodiversity and a curiosity to learn. The candidate should have a strong ability to work as part of a team as the project is inherently collaborative in nature. Further info 

Profile requirements

The details and scope of the research project will be defined together with the group leader based on the candidate’s main interests and competences in the fields of data mining informatics, semantic interoperability, text-mining, and data integration. Most of his/her time will be dedicated to research, but a contribution to teaching is expected, including the possibility of supervising master students. 

The job description stipulates:

70% Personal research

25% Participation to teaching activities and master student supervision 

5% Maintenance of lab equipment or other institutional tasks.

Interpersonal skills: 

Ability to plan research goals with other team members and work to deadlines, good communications and cooperative skills with other researchers and team members, ability to keep an open-mind and to communicate ideas to others, be motivated and be able to motivate others.

Start date: 01 Dec 2021

Application deadline: 01 Oct 2021

Job reference: 17963

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