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Postdoctoral position in Epigenetic versus Genetic and Variation in plant microbe symbioses (U. of Lausanne / Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics / Universidad Nacional de Colombia)

The Department of Ecology and Evolution, University of Lausanne, is currently inviting applications for a Postdoctoral position in Epigenetic versus Genetic and Variation in plant microbe symbioses.

Job informations

  • Expected start date in position: As soon as possible
  • Contract length: 1 year, renewable 2 x 2 years, maximum 5 years (depending on the number of years after receiving your PhD)
  • Activity rate: 80% minimum (minimum 50% for the research, maximum 50% for the institute)
  • Workplace: University of Lausanne, Dorigny, Switzerland

Your responsibilities

A postdoctoral position is available in the Sanders' group to study the role of epigenetic versus genetic variation in mycorrhizal fungi on plant growth. Our research indicates that variation in mycorrhizal fungi is associated with large differences in plant growth. We will study this in more detail to find out which aspects of genetic or epigenetic variation in these fungi causes high growth rates in plants (especially cassava).

It is intended that the results of this project will be combined with research in the field where our work is leading to real solutions to increase production of food in areas of the world where starvation is a major problem.

The project is part of a wider collaboration between the University of Lausanne, Dr Marco Pagni at the Vital-IT center of the SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics and Prof. Alia Rodríguez at the National University of Colombia (Universidad Nacional de Colombia).

More information about our work can be found at

Your qualifications

Candidates must be highly motivated, have a PhD (or expect to have very soon), and have knowledge in following fields: epigenetics; quantitative genetics. Sound knowledge of bioinformatics would be an advantage and an interest in solving problems in an analytical way.

Preference will be given to someone who obtained their PhD recently.

Your benefits

We offer a nice working place in a multicultural, diversified and dynamic academic environment, opportunities for professional training.

Possibilites of continuous training, a lot of activities and other benefits to discover.

At your disposal for further information

For further information please contact Professor Ian Sanders by e-mail:

Your application

Applications have to be done through this website by posting a CV and motivation letter in English. Please include the names of at least 2 people who Ian Sanders can contact for a reference. Applications must be received not later than 15th March 2017.

NOTE: Due to a lack of qualified candidates, this position is being re-advertised. If you have previously applied for this position then it is not necessary to send your application again.

Only applications through this website will be taken into account.

We thank you for your understanding.

(Vía DRE)

[Boletín UN Investiga 335, 2 de marzo de 2017]

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