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PhD in modelling bacterial evolution, ecology and epidemiology

Join the Evolutionary Epidemiology group as we move to the University of Lausanne!

The group works at the intersection of evolutionary theory, microbial ecology, and public health. We use mathematical and statistical modelling to address problems in public health and to answer fundamental questions about bacterial ecology and evolution.

We are looking for a PhD student to join our team! There are multiple projects available. Depending on the interests of the student, possibilities include:

  • Developing models to predict antibiotic resistance frequencies.
  • Modelling how interactions within the gut microbiome shape bacterial populations.
  • Uncovering the role of plasmid transmission and horizontal gene transfer in the spread of clinically concerning traits.

The Evolutionary Epidemiology group, led by Sonja Lehtinen, is a friendly, growing team, soon to be based at University of Lausanne’s Computational Biology Department. We are mostly focused on theory and computation, working with existing genomic and epidemiological datasets, as well as running our own sampling studies. We are affiliated with the NCCR Microbiomes, providing fantastic opportunities for collaborations with experimental, clinical and other modelling groups.

We’re looking for curious, collaborative and thoughtful researchers. If you like our papers, we want to hear from you!

Key information:

  • 4 years
  • Flexible start date from August 2024
  • Apply by 17.06.2024

Your profile:
The position is ideal for someone combining an interest in theory, real-world data and public health. Curiosity and an aptitude for learning are more important than specific background. Essential requirements are:

  • Strong analytical and quantitative skills (MSc in a quantitative subject).
  • Fluency in at least one programming language (e.g. R, Python, C++, Matlab).
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.

What we offer:

  • An exciting opportunity to shape your research working in a supportive and stimulating environment.
  • Exceptional scope for collaboration through the NCCR Microbiomes network.
  • Access to top-notch resources and excellent support for further learning and professional development.
  • Plenty of opportunities to attend conferences and to build your scientific network.
  • Attractive salary, beautiful location and excellent quality of life in one of the best small cities in the world.

We welcome informal enquiries. There will be a further position advertised later, so please get in touch even if the proposed timing isn’t quite right for you!

PhD position
University of Lausanne
Closing date
June 17th, 2024
Posted on
May 17th, 2024 10:51
Last updated
May 17th, 2024 10:51