The University of Lausanne is a higher teaching and research institution composed of seven faculties where approximately 15,000 students and nearly 5,000 collaborators, professors, and researchers work and study. Ideally situated along the lake of Geneva, near Lausanne's city center, its campus brings together over 120 nationalities.
The Veening group currently hosts people coming from 15 different nationalities (www.veeninglab.com).
The Department of Fundamental Microbiology offers 2 Doctoral Student (external funds) positions in bioinformatics and/or synthetic biology.
Expected start date in position : 01.11.2018 / flexible
Contract length : 1 year, maximum 5 years
Activity rate : 100%
Workplace : University of Lausanne
We are looking for creative candidates that have an interest in technology, synthetic biology, genetics, bioinformatics, microscopy, infection biology.
The project is sponsored by an ERC consolidator grant awarded to Jan-Willem Veening starting in November 2018. We will use innovative approaches for infection biology by combining synthetic biology and quantitative single cell biology including single cell RNA-seq, CRISPRi, engineered bistable switches and microfluidics. We will try to reveal the molecular mechanisms underlying cell-to-cell variability and its importance in virulence and antibiotic resistance in the important opportunistic human pathogen Streptococcus pneumoniae. The doctoral students will address this question together with a multidisciplinary team of other PhD students, post-docs and lab manager. The student will use computational (genomics, transcriptomics, metabolomics, proteomics) and/or experimental approaches, depending on the interests and skill set of the applicant.
We are part of the Department of Fundamental Microbiology, a highly collaborative, multidisciplinary, and team-oriented scientific environment (https://www.unil.ch/dmf/en/home.html).
For recent publications from the lab, please visit the lab webpage at www.veeninglab.com.
At least 80% of the working time will be dedicated to personal research. The remaining of the working time may be dedicated to teaching (organization and supervision of student practicals).
A master's degree (or equivalent) in biology, life sciences, chemistry, engineering or physics is required, as well as being proficient in English. Experience with R or other computer languages is a plus. The focus of the project can be adapted to the interests of the applicant.
What the position offers you
We offer a nice working place in a multicultural, diversified and dynamic academic environment, opportunities for professional training.
Possibilities of continuous training, a lot of activities and other benefits to discover.
Our Department is situated on a beautiful campus at the shore of Lake Geneva with a great view of the Alps and with plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities.
In addition, we offer:
- The resources to obtain ground-breaking results to advance pneumococcal biology
- Great training environment and training/travel opportunities
- Collaborative environment in a unique location
- Access to state-of-the-art facilities and resources (DMF, UNIL, EPFL, external collaborators)
- Competitive salary (no tuition fee) based on experience, benefits and career support, on-campus daycare
Contact for further information
Prof. Jan-Willem Veening
Phone number : 0041 21 692 56 25
We will start to evaluate applications beginning of July. The deadline for submitting an application : 30.06.2018.
Please include your full application in Word or PDF (motivation letter, CV with months and years, short description of previous research, and the names and addresses of two to three referees). The application should be written in English.
Only applications through this website will be taken into account. We thank you for your understanding.
UNIL is committed to promoting gender equality and strongly encourages applications from female candidates.