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20 Fully funded PhD studentships in Quantitative Biology

20 Fully funded PhD studentships in Quantitative Biology 

The advent of large-throughput data is transforming life sciences into an increasingly quantitative discipline. The University of Lausanne (Switzerland) is at the forefront of this revolution, with quantitative research ramping up throughout the Faculty of Biology and Medicine, a dedicated department of Computational Biology, and interdisciplinary units such as the Center for Integrative Genomics. UNIL also hosts the headquarters of the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, to which many quantitative research groups are affiliated, and closely collaborates with EPFL on the same campus. Ideally situated along the lake of Geneva, near Lausanne’s city center, UNIL brings together over 120 nationalities.

UNIL’s Faculty of Biology and Medicine has recently launched a doctoral program entitled “Quantitative Biology”. A wide range of research groups are recruiting PhD students, covering areas as diverse as Genetics, Cell biology, Metabolism, Computational biology, Oncology, Evolution, Microbiology, Imaging, Molecular biology, Neuroscience, Gene regulation, Radiobiology, Plant science, Ancient DNA, Population Genetics, Single-cell Genomics, Epi-lipidomics, Stem Cell Biology, Tissue Engineering and Biomaterials.

In 2021, hiring principal investigators include Francesca Amati, Claudia Bagni, Sven Bergmann, Christophe Dessimoz, Oscar Esteban, David Gfeller, Raphael Gottardo, Jerome Goudet, Emmanuella Guenova, Shukry James Habib, Laurent Keller, Zoltan Kutalik, Anna-Sapfo Malaspinas, Sophie Martin, Micah Murray, Alexandre Reymond, Tanja Schwander, Alessandro Villa, Claus Wedekind, Christian Widmann.

Job information

Expected start date: 01.03.2022 or to be agreed

Successful candidates will be offered one of two kinds of PhD student work contract, depending on the funding available to the hiring supervisor by the start of the contract:

(1)    Doctoral assistant on UNIL funds, at an activity rate of 85%. The initial contract is of one year but will be renewed up to 5 years.
(2)    Doctoral assistant on external funds, at an activity rate of 100%. The initial contract is of one year but will be renewed up to 4 years.

Please also note that in some cases, again depending on the hiring supervisor situation, contracts will be issued from the CHUV (University Hospital) or a different UNIL faculty.

Workplace: University of Lausanne (Dorigny, Bugnon, or Epalinges—depending on the supervisor)

Your qualifications
We are accepting applications from talented and enthusiastic candidates who are interested in a dynamic, well-supported lab at a top research institution. Candidates need to finish a Master’s degree in a relevant area before the start date of their doctoral studies.

We are looking for three main types of PhD students:
 * Students with a life science degree, interested in working in an experimental lab, but with a high degree of motivation to learn the fundamentals of computational biology, and to develop quantitative skills to analyse data more effectively
 * Students with a life science degree interested in working in a dry computational lab, keen to deepen their quantitative skills and broaden their horizon in terms of experimental and computational techniques
 * Students with a non-biological background (e.g. computer science, maths, physics), who are highly motivated to transition to Life Sciences

A high level of written and spoken English proficiency is required since most scientific activities are conducted in English.

What the position offers you

You will develop your research project while working in a world competitive, interdisciplinary and highly collaborative environment. 

The PhD program in Quantitative Biology provides opportunities for professional training and acquisition of highly transferable skills. This is complemented by a wide range of activities (retreats, symposia, student life).

The positions are fully funded. Salary and benefits are internationally highly competitive. Additional funding for consumables, computing, and to attend international conferences is available.

Your application 

For your application to be considered, you need to fill in two forms:

The first form, at 
https://career5.successfactors.eu/sfcareer/jobreqcareer?jobId=18082&company=universitdP, requires the following informations:
  * Personal details
  * A cover letter. This can be very brief, since you should provide your motivation in the 2nd form below.
  * A single PDF document containing:
     * Your curriculum vitae (with extracurricular activities, internships, publications, conferences, awards, software contributions, etc.)
     * Master’s thesis summary
     * The names and contact details of 2-3 referees.

The second form, https://forms.gle/hBX5rZVBqjyeni7t9, requires you to answer the following questions

  * What your most meaningful research experience to date and why? [up to 4000 characters, i.e. approximately 850 words]
  * What accomplishment–academic or not–to date are you proudest and why? [up to 1500 characters, i.e. approximately 320 words]
  * Why would you like to pursue a PhD, and why specifically at the UNIL Quantitative Biology Ph.D. program? [up to 1500 characters, i.e. approximately 320 words]
  * Which recruiting labs are you the most interested in and why [up to 1500 characters, i.e. approximately 320 words]

Remote interviews will take place on 17 and 18 November 2020. Lab visits and interviews will take place on 8-9 December 2020 in Lausanne (pandemic allowing–else remote alternative will be organized).

Informal inquiries

Prof. Christophe Dessimoz, Director of the UNIL Doctoral Program in Quantitative Biology (christophe.dessimoz@unil.ch)

For more information, please consult https://unil.ch/quantitative-biology


Tenure-Track Assistant Professor Position in “Spatially Resolved Multidimensional Transcriptomics”, UNIBE (CH) – Deadline 30.09.2021

The NCCR RNA & Disease and the Institute of Pathology at the University of Bern have created a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor Position in “Spatially Resolved Multidimensional Transcriptomics”, which interested candidates can now apply for: https://ohws.prospective.ch/public/v1/jobads/04549230-f8fa-4655-abbd-0b800eeca677 

Application deadline is September 30, 2021.


Chronobiology Lectureship position at the University of Surrey, Guildford (UK) – Deadline 29.09.2021


The University of Surrey is an international university with a world-class teaching and research profile, and an enterprising spirit. Inventive and forward thinking, our heritage shows a recurring theme of doing things differently – and achieving notable results. For example, we have won four Queen’s Anniversary Prizes and were awarded Gold for our Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) submission. As a result of our strategic plan and future vision, the School of Biosciences and Medicine in the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences is continuing to invest in Chronobiology research and teaching, and is now recruiting a highly motivated person to a Lectureship in Chronobiology to continue to add to the successes of Chronobiology research at the University.

Information regarding the position and application: https://jobs.surrey.ac.uk/Vacancy.aspx?ref=053121


Associate Professor position open in Biochemistry at the University of Oslo (NO)

A permanent position is available at the Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, Department of Molecular Medicine, Division of Biochemistry, for an Associate Professor of Medicine in the subject area of Biochemistry and molecular cell biology.
Link to the offer: https://www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/209381/associate-professor-of-medicine-biochemistry

“We are looking for candidates who will be expected to initiate and lead research, supervise PhD candidates, teach in the Medical School, set and assess exams, and carry out administrative duties. Teaching consists of formal lectures, group teaching and practical courses. Candidates must therefore document in their application, and demonstrate during the evaluation, that they are qualified and motivated to teach. The appointed candidate will also be expected to take part in committees for PhD theses, appointments and promotions.

The Department of Molecular Medicine consists of 28 research groups across three divisions (Anatomy, Biochemistry and Physiology) and brings together wide expertise aiming to understand biological and pathological processes, from cellular to systems levels. The position is in the Division of Biochemistry, which counts 8 research groups working on membrane trafficking, autophagy, cardiovascular biology, adipose biology, metabolism and chromatin. More information on research in the Department and Division of Biochemistry can be found here:


For further description of the position: link


Postdoctoral fellowship in (Epi)Genomics of Complex Diseases and Childhood Development open at the EHU, Biscay (ES)

We are looking for a postdoc to apply for a new call, recently released in Spain with the NEXT European funds. Briefly, we look for a postdoc to work in (Epi)Genomics of Complex Diseases and Childhood Development, with skills in:-Bioestatistis/Bioinformatics/Epidemiology-RNAseq analysis-DNA methylation analyses through both arrays and methylation-specific NGS-Integrative Genomic analyses such as QTLs, Mendelian Randomization, TWAS, Bayesian approaches…
However we are flexible with the profile of the candidate and will prioritize highly motivated applications with genuine interest in (Epi)Genomics.
We offer the possibility to apply to the call with us (with a moderate-high probability of success, we hope). The call would include a one-three year contract to work at our lab, in a friendly, motivating environment and with a salary of around 36,000€ per annum. This would translate into around 14 pays of 2,000-2,200€ with total health coverage, insurances and so on, and a moving allowance of 3,500€, which is a good salary to live in Spain. Candidates must have more than 24 months of postdoctoral experience outside Spain, regardless of the country of origin. 

You can find more details about the call here:https://www.ehu.eus/documents/2921038/0/Convocatoria_Recualificacion+Sist+Univ_2021_EN.pdf/835e5cf6-449c-9776-a969-f7d58757ffa4?t=1625750267235


Two Staff scientist positions in Spatial Transcriptomics available at the ENS, Lyon (FR)

The Spatial-Cell-ID facility of Lyon is seeking highly qualified personnel for the following positions:

● a bioinformatician/computational biologist specialized in spatial transcriptomics. The successful candidate will lead the development of methods and pipelines to analyse biological data generated.
● a biophysicist/bioengineer specialized in instrumentation for targeted spatial transcriptomics. The successful candidate will set up a multi-user imaging platform dedicated to spatial transcriptomics on multiple types of biological samples.

Spatial-Cell-ID is a new national spatial transcriptomics facility funded by the French “EquipEx+” excellence initiative and led by the École Normale Supérieure of Lyon (ENSL). It aims to study cellular identity and its spatial heterogeneity within tissues, organs, or biological systems in normal and pathological contexts, through very recent developments in spatial transcriptomics. Spatial transcriptomics technologies were elected “Method of the Year 2020” by the Nature Methods journal and are currently revolutionizing our ability to study complex biological systems. Spatial-Cell-ID offers national equipment for spatial transcriptomics that integrates imaging, sequencing, and data analysis technologies which in synergy will provide access to the transcriptome of any single cell within its native spatio-temporal environment. It hosts a comprehensible selection of technologies, including single-cell transcriptomics (10x Genomics), untargeted spatial transcriptomics (e.g., Slide-seq), and targeted spatial transcriptomics (e.g., MERFISH), associating state-of-the-art technological platforms of the University of Lyon. The data analysis hub of Spatial-Cell-ID will be located at the École Normale Supérieure of Lyon.

The employer : The École Normale Supérieure de Lyon is an elite French public higher education institution that trains professors, researchers, senior civil servants as well as business and political leaders. It is a symbol of French Republican meritocracy and it remains committed today to disseminating knowledge to the widest audience and to promoting equal opportunity. The ENSL brings together several laboratories at the cutting edge of science and working on different fields of Biology, Mathematics, Physics and Humanities.

Bioinformatician/computational biologist :

The appointed candidate will coordinate the data analysis hub of Spatial-Cell-ID and assist the users in the analysis of their single cell and spatial data. She/he will be working at the ENS of Lyon and closely collaborate with biologists and bioinformaticians to implement data analysis pipelines and develop new procedures as needed. She/he will communicate findings, coordinate skill transfers between labs, and provide training to project members as needed. She/he will be provided with extensive computational resources (workstations, High Performance Computing facility of the ENS de Lyon) and will benefit from the support of the bioinformatics community within Spatial-Cell-ID.

Profile :
● PhD or equivalent experience in quantitative science (Bioinformatics, Computational Biology etc.).
● Good knowledge of one or more programming/scripting languages (e.g. Python, R, bash).
● Experience in omics data analysis, ideally in the context of single-cell and spatial technologies.
● Experience or the aptitude to quickly become proficient with the following techniques: untargeted spatial transcriptomics (e.g. Visium, Slide-Seq), targeted spatial transcriptomics (e.g. MERFISH), image analysis, machine learning methods for the analysis of biological data.
● Excellent communication and collaboration skills. English is the working language.

Desired starting date : Between October 2021 and January 2022.
Contract duration : 3 years, renewable. The position might lead to a permanent post.
Salary : Remuneration based on experience (from 2000€/month for a junior to 3000€/month for a senior research engineer).

Instructions for applicants : Applications should include a CV, a cover letter, and contact details for 3 referees to be sent to: Yad Ghavi-Helm (yad.ghavi-helm@ens-lyon.fr). Please use the email subject “Spatial Cell ID”. For further information please contact the same address. Applications will be considered upon submission.

Biophysicist/bioengineer :

The appointed candidate will build the imaging platform for targeted spatial transcriptomics of Spatial-Cell-ID. He/she will design, set up and interface the different parts of the experiment: microfluidic controls, super-resolution confocal imaging and acquisition system. Once the experimental setup is running, he/she will assist new users and train them when needed. The recruited engineer will be working at the ENS of Lyon and closely collaborate with biologists, microscopists and biophysicists, who will assist him/her in the different aspects of this highly interdisciplinary project.

Profile :
● Master’s or Engineering degree in biophysics/bioengineering/biology is required.
● Strong interest in instrumentation, if possible with experience in visual programming and coding for interfacing.
● Experience or the aptitude to quickly become proficient with the different steps involved in spatial transcriptomics experiments: design of probes, smFISH experiments, image acquisition and analysis.
● Excellent communication and collaboration skills. English is the working language.
● Experience in imaging of biological systems and/or microfluidics is a plus.

Desired starting date : January 2022
Contract duration : 3 years.
Salary : Remuneration based on experience (from 2000€/month for a junior to 3000€/month for a senior research engineer).
Instructions for applicants : Applications should include a CV, a cover letter, and contact details for 3 referees to be sent to: Jonathan Enriquez (jonathan.enriquez@ens-lyon.fr) & Sigolène Lecuyer (sigolene.lecuyer@ens-lyon.fr). Please use the email subject “Spatial Cell ID”. For further information please contact the same addresses. Applications will be considered upon submission.