To reinforce our team in Lausanne, Switzerland, we are seeking a Postdoc.
Postdoctoral position in evolutionary genomics


University of Lausanne (UNIL)

Work Location

Lausanne, Switzerland

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Type of contract


Job description

The Group of Prof. Marc Robinson-Rechavi is proposing a Postdoctoral (Premier Assistant) position in evolutionary genomics at the Department of Ecology and Evolution, University of Lausanne, Switzerland. The postdoc will join a dynamic team working mainly on linking the evolution of animal development to genome evolution.

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We are looking for a postdoc to participate in a project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation on "Selection on gene expression at different time scales and vertebrate Evo-Devo". The postdoc will work together with two PhD students to understand how neutral and selective forces lead to the evolution of expression patterns, and how they relate to anatomical phenotypes. The postdoc and PhD students will also work closely with other team members, including students and postdocs studying other aspects of the evolutionary genomics of Evo-Devo, and bioinformaticians developing and maintaining relevant methods and tools.

In this project, we will focus on variability of expression and on selection on regulatory regions. The project will include (i) new method development and data integration, related to the Bgee project, (ii) analysis of general patterns of selection and variability in evolution, and (iii) a specific focus on fish evolution. All young researchers involved will be expected to work collaboratively, with the postdoc taking the lead on general patterns of evolution. This is flexible depending on the expertise and interests of postdoc and PhD candidates.

The person will participate in the life of the Department of Ecology and Evolution (internal and external seminars, journal clubs, etc), one of the largest and most active of Europe. They will also be a member of the SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics.

The contract will be for 1 year, starting as soon as possible. The postdoc will participate in some undergraduate and/or masters teaching, in English or in French; they will have the opportunity to supervise master students.

Working conditions in Lausanne are extremely competitive, and include access to state-of-the-art computing and sequencing facilities. The Department and the group are highly international, and all activities are conducted in English. Salary and benefits are internationally highly competitive. Additional funding for consumables, computing, and to attend international conferences is available.

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Profile requirements

We are seeking to recruit someone with a strong interest and a PhD degree in evolutionary biology, Evo-Devo, bioinformatics, genome biology, or a related field. The PhD must have been obtained in 2021 or 2022, or you must have plans to complete it in the next 6 months. 

Your skills:

  • Track record of publication necessary. Good level of scientific English necessary.
  • Basic competence in R necessary.
  • Basic competence in a scripting language (e.g., Python, Perl) would be a plus.
  • Proven interest in Evo-Devo would be a plus.
  • Proven interest in evolutionary genomics or transcriptomics would be a plus.
  • Experience with animal genomics or transcriptomics would be a plus.
  • Proven autonomy in writing papers and projects would be a plus.
  • Experience in collaborative or interdisciplinary projects would be a plus.
  • Good communication and collaboration skills would be a plus.

Start date: 01 Oct 2022

How to apply

If you are interested in this interesting and challenging position, please apply! 

The formal applications should include:

  • your CV, including exact date of PhD obtention or of planned PhD defense;
  • publication list;
  • statement of research experience and research interests (2 pages);
  • name and contact information of 3 potential referees;
  • a copy of your PhD certificate; if you haven't yet finished your PhD indicate the scheduled or expected date; the applicant must have received their PhD in the last 2 years or be about to obtain a PhD very soon.

We will only be able to consider application documents uploaded online through the University of Lausanne recruitment platform.

Review of applications will begin immediately.

Application deadline: 22 Jul 2022