Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich)

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Microbiome Research / Microbial Ecology

ETH Zürich

Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland

Postdoctoral fellow in microbiome research / microbial ecology at ETH Zurich

The laboratory of Microbiome Research at the Department of Biology, ETH Zurich, is seeking a highly motivated, skilled and organized individual to join our research group. Our interests revolve around ecological and evolutionary factors that determine the structure, function and diversity of microbial communities. Embedded in the Institute of Microbiology at the Department of Biology, we develop and combine computational and experimental approaches to integrate quantitative meta-omics readouts with contextual information, with the goal to better understand and predict the role of environmental microorganisms and the underlying mechanisms of host-microbe homeostasis. More information can be found at:

The ideal candidate is experienced in the field of microbiome data analysis (e.g., metagenomics, metatranscriptomics, comparative genomics, pan-genomics, biostatistics) including the development of software/databases/workflows, and use of appropriate statistical analyses (including machine learning). A solid background in microbial ecology, physiology, and/or biogeochemistry is required. Laboratory experience including the isolation, culturing and/or manipulation of microbial isolates would be desirable.

Essential qualifications include:

  • strong publication record in relevant areas
  • demonstration of independent critical thinking
  • excellent teamwork and communication (verbal and written) skills
  • programming skills (e.g., Python, R, Unix/Bash)
  • experience in (meta)genomic data analysis, including biostatistics
  • background in (environmental/host-associated) microbial population genomics and/or
  • background in microbial ecology and evolution

Qualifications in the following areas would be highly advantageous:

  • teaching experience (e.g., bioinformatics, microbial ecology)
  • laboratory experience (e.g., isolation & culturing of microorganisms)
  • scientific programming / software development

Our group strives for gender balance and encourages applications by female candidates.


Applications should include a cover letter with a statement of research interests, a CV, and contact details of at least 2 referees. Informal inquiries should be directed by email to Prof. Dr. Shinichi Sunagawa (

Time frame:

The position remains open until filled.

The mission of the Institute of Microbiology at the ETH Zurich is to advance innovative research and teaching in microbiology and immunology. Microbial interactions are the unifying scheme and currently cover microbial communities and microbe interactions with eukaryotic hosts. The collaborative environment of the Institute of Microbiology has created a unique scientific fertilization ground unsurpassed in breadth, top-level expertise and visibility in the field of Microbiology and Immunology.


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Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Microbiome Research / Microbial Ecology