Job:Postdoctoral associate in evolutionary computational biology (Dessimoz lab, Lausanne, Switzerland)
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Postdoctoral associate in evolutionary computational biology

  • Expected start date: 01.09.2019 or to be agreed
  • Contract length: 1 year, renewable 2 x 2 years, up to 5 years
  • Activity rate: 100%
  • Workplace: University of Lausanne, GĂ©nopode, 1015 Lausanne

The opportunity

The Dessimoz Lab at the University of Lausanne is recruiting a postdoctoral associate in evolutionary bioinformatics.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate enthusiasm for interdisciplinary research, keen to productively interact with evolutionary biologists, genome biologists and computer scientists, and read the corresponding range of scientific literature.

There will also be opportunities to gain teaching experience (e.g. via student project supervision and contribution to undergraduate or graduate teaching).

Working conditions in Lausanne are extremely competitive, and include access to state-of-the-art computing and sequencing facilities. The environment is highly international, and all activities are conducted in English.

Profile Sought


  • Doctorate degree
  • Solid programming experience (min. 3 years) with languages such as Python, C/C++, Java, or R
  • High level of motivation
  • Ability to collaborate in an interdisciplinary environment
  • Excellent spoken and written English proficiency
  • Up to 4 years after PhD by the starting date (unfortunately, this is a requirement by the funder)


  • Publications in peer-reviewed journals
  • Past contribution to open access software packages
  • Experience in phylogenetic methods
  • Experience in high-performance computing

Furthermore, please note that the laboratory is committed to promoting gender equality and strongly encourages applications from female candidates.

How to apply

The application should fill in the form linked below and provide the following elements:

  • Cover letter describing the research and career aspirations, and motivation to join our laboratory
  • Curriculum vitae including a list of publications
  • Reference to best paper accompanied by a brief supporting statement (approx. 200 words)
  • The names and contact details of 2-3 references
  • Copy of official PhD certificate

Applications should be submitted via the UNIL HR system using this following link:

Committed to promoting equal employment opportunities among its staff members, the University of Lausanne particularly encourages applications by women.

To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by 30 April 2019.

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