The University of Lausanne is a research and higher education institution composed of seven faculties, here approximately 15,000 students and nearly 5,000 professors, researchers and staff work and study. Ideally situated along the lake of Geneva, near Lausanne city center, its campus brings together over 120 nationalities.
The Groups of Profs Christophe Dessimoz and Robert Waterhouse are seeking candidates for two Postdoctoral (Premier Assistant) positions at the Departments of Computational Biology and Ecology & Evolution, University of Lausanne, Switzerland. Working at the interface between biology and computer science, the Dessimoz Lab (https://lab.dessimoz.org/) seeks to better understand evolutionary and functional relationships between genes, genomes, and species. The Waterhouse Group (https://rmwaterhouse.org/lab) is focused on elucidating interactions between gene evolution and gene function through computational interrogation of arthropod genomics data. Both Groups are members of the SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics. The two Postdocs will lead the evolutionary genomics contributions to a groundbreaking interdisciplinary project in collaboration with the Group of Prof. Bruno Lemaitre (https://lemaitrelab.epfl.ch/) at the neighbouring École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. The overall project aims to develop the computational tools required to fully exploit new genomics data in a framework that also takes advantage of the latest molecular biology tools to achieve combined evolutionary and functional characterisation of the Drosophila immune secretome.
Expected start date in position: 01/08/2019 or to be agreed
Contract length: 1 year, renewable once for 2 years
Activity rate: 100%
The details of each research project will be defined together with the Group Leaders based on the main interests and competencies of each Postdoc and how they best fit into the overall project. Most of his/her time will be dedicated to research. The University of Lausanne has a strong training record and a contribution to teaching is thus expected, including the possibility of supervising masters students. The job description specifies:
75% Personal research
20% Participation in teaching activities and masters student supervision
5% Lab or institutional tasks
We are seeking to recruit candidates with a PhD degree in biology, with solid computational and quantitative skills, and prior experience publishing papers in peer-reviewed journals. We seek candidates with demonstrated programming skills in the areas of bioinformatics, computational biology, and comparative genomics. Experience with evolutionary and comparative genomics analyses would be an advantage, and further desirable attributes include knowledge of and interest in orthology delineation, gene family evolution, phylogenetics, gene birth/death, genome-wide synteny, selection and constraint, gene prediction, genome annotation, immunity, infection, insects. The applicants should have a strong ability to work in a team as PhD students are also involved in this project.
A requirement from the funder (Swiss National Science Foundation) is that postdocs can only be employed up to 5 years after obtaining their PhD (6 in case of maternity leave).
Ability to plan research goals with other team members and work to strict deadlines
Good cooperative skills with other researchers and team members
Good communication skills, ability to keep an open-mind and to communicate your ideas to others
Enjoy mentoring colleagues and teaching students
What the position offers you
We offer a stimulating working environment within a multicultural, diverse, and dynamic academic setting, with many opportunities for professional training and career development.
The Department of Computational Biology brings together researchers using computational approaches and taking advantage of data generated by high-throughput technologies to address a plethora of biological and medical questions: https://www.unil.ch/dbc/home.html
The Department of Ecology & Evolution hosts research groups working on a broad range of topics, resulting in a rich intellectual and social life: https://www.unil.ch/dee/en/home.html
Although French is the common language in the Lausanne region, research activities, interactions, and seminars in both departments are conducted in English.
Contact for further information
For further information please contact
Prof. Christophe Dessimoz, Christophe.Dessimoz@unil.ch
Prof. Robert Waterhouse, Robert.Waterhouse@unil.ch
Deadline to apply: 30 June 2019
Formal applications should include:
- a cover letter detailing your research interests, experience and motivation for applying;
- your CV;
- a copy of your PhD certificate (or, if you will be graduating shortly, the expected graduation date);
- reference to best paper accompanied by a brief supporting statement (approx. 200 words)
- the names of two or three referees.
To receive full consideration, application documents must be uploaded online through the University of Lausanne recruitment platform.
Review of applications will begin immediately - so don’t wait!
UNIL is committed to promoting gender equality and strongly encourages applications from female candidates.