To reinforce our team in Zürich, Switzerland, we are seeking a
Post diploma student Microbial Genomics and Bioinformatics



Work Location

Zürich, Switzerland

Employment fraction


Type of contract


Job tasks
Agroscope is the Swiss centre of excellence for research in agriculture, nutrition and the environment. We have an opening for a candidate with a master thesis (ideally bioinformatics, computational biology) to join AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. 
Start date: October 1, 2023 (or upon agreement)

We offer competent supervision and guidance in the frame of our research group, insights into a highly interesting field at the interface of research and practical applications, and options for further education. Previous candidates gained relevant work experience and co-authorship(s) on one or more scientific publications.  

-       De novo genome assembly using NGS data from different technologies (Illumina, PacBio, Oxford Nanopore Technologies) and genome annotation of microorganisms (bacteria, yeasts, fungi) 
-       Comparative genomic analyses to identify core, accessory and strain-specific genes of strains isolated from microbiomes (comparison to known strains) 
-       Data analysis of RNA-Seq data (differential gene expression analysis), gene set enrichment analyses  
-       Data analysis of proteomics data 
-       Preparation of scientific reports, contribution to publications 
-       Maintenance /extension of existing data analysis pipelines (genome assembly, RNA-Seq, proteomics)
Profile requirements
-       Recently (not more than 12 months ago) finished Master’s degree (FH, ETH or University)  
-       Motivated scientist with a degree in IT/Bioinformatics/Microbiology
-       Experience in the analysis of functional genomics data (genome assembly, comparative genomics, RNA-Seq, proteomics pathway analysis)  
-       Knowledge in the analysis of metagenomics data is a plus 
-       Solid programming experience (Linux scripting/bash, R, Python), experience managing virtual systems 
-       Knowledge of German and English (oral, written) 
-       Strong team player with good communication skills
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:
Christian Ahrens 
Reckenholzstrasse 191 
Zürich, ZH 8046


Office telephone number: 0763167793