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Postdoc 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 two postdoctoral researchers with experience in mathematical and/or statistical modelling and/or bacterial genomics to work on bacterial population and community dynamics. There are multiple projects available, with freedom to collaboratively shape the direction. 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:

  • Two years
  • Flexible start-date from August 2024
  • Apply by 17.06.2024

Your profile

  • A PhD in a relevant topic, such as evolutionary theory, computational biology, or bacterial genomics.
  • Expertise in mathematical/statistical modelling and/or genomics.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.

What we offer

  • An exciting opportunity to shape your research in a supportive and stimulating environment.
  • Exceptional scope for collaboration through the NCCR Microbiomes network.
  • Access to top-notch resources and possibilities for independent funding and fellowships.
  • 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!

University of Lausanne
Closing date
June 17th, 2024
Posted on
May 17th, 2024 10:54
Last updated
May 17th, 2024 10:54