To reinforce our team in Lausanne, Switzerland, we are seeking a XXX.
Doctoral (PhD) Student in bioinformatics


University of Lausanne (UNIL)

Work Location

Lausanne, Switzerland

Employment fraction


Type of contract


Job tasks

We are looking for a PhD student 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 student will work together with a postdoc and (starting the second year) another student 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 the variability of expression and on the 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 this PhD student taking the lead on new method development and data integration. 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 student will belong to the doctoral program in Quantitative Biology and to the PhD training network of the SIB.

The contract will be for 1 year; the student will participate in some undergraduate and/or masters teaching, in English or in French.

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 attending international conferences is available.

For background, please see:

Start date: 01 Oct 2022 

Profile requirements


  • Master degree in bioinformatics, computational biology, or a related field.
  • Good level in at least one programming language.


  • Master project, or similar-sized project, in method or software development would be a plus.
  • Interest in evolutionary biology would be a plus.
  • Experience in comparative genomics would be a plus.
  • Experience with databases would be a plus.

Interpersonal skills

Good cooperative skills with other researchers and team members

How to apply
If you are interested in this challenging and highly interesting position, please apply.

Formal applications should include:

  • A cover letter detailing what your most meaningful research experience is to date and why, and what accomplishment —academic or not— to date are you proudest of and why.
  • Your CV, including publication list if any; include links to any code repositories that you own or have contributed significantly to.
  • A copy of your master certificate; if you haven't yet finished your master indicate the expected date.
  • Name and contact information of 3 potential referees.

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