Postdoctoral position in evolutionary computational biology

Postdoctoral position in evolutionary computational biology

University of Lausanne (UNIL)

Lausanne, Vaud, Switzerland


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 research group of Prof. Christophe Dessimoz at the department of Computational Biology is recruiting a postdoctoral associate in evolutionary computational biology. For more details, please consult the website of the group:

Job information

Expected start date: 01.09.2019 or to be agreed

Contract length: 1 year, renewable 2 × 2 years, maximum 5 years

Activity rate: 100%

Workplace: University of Lausanne, Génopode building, Quarter UNIL-Sorge, 1015 Lausanne

Your responsibilities

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. Postdocs with their own project ideas within the general interests of the laboratory are particularly encouraged to apply.

There will also be opportunities to gain some 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.

Your qualifications


  • 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.

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.

Contact for further information

For further information please contact Prof. Christophe Dessimoz


Your application

Deadline : 30.04.2019

Please, send your full application in Word or PDF.

Any application should include:

  1. Cover letter describing the research and career aspirations, and motivation to join our laboratory
  2. Curriculum vitae including list of publications
  3. Reference to best paper accompanied by a brief supporting statement (approx. 200 words)
  4. Copy of official PhD certificate
  5. Contact details for 2-3 referees

Only applications through this website will be taken into account ( )

We thank you for your understanding.


Additional information

UNIL is committed to promoting gender equality and strongly encourages applications from female candidates.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.