Open position as Postdoctoral fellow in bioinformatics 80% at the CIG, UNIL (CH)

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The University of Lausanne Center of Integrative Genomics (CIG) is a vibrant, well-funded institute with a focus on functional genomics and equipped with modern core facilities (see It is embedded in the broader Lausanne research environment that includes two universities (UNIL, EPFL), the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, the Vital-IT high-performance computing center, Ludwig Center for Cancer Research, university hospital, and a cluster of biotech companies flourishing in the larger Lake Geneva area.


In our lab at the Center for Integrative Genomics (CIG) of the University of Lausanne, we aim to decipher gene expression regulatory mechanisms that act at the RNA level, combining both experimental and computational approaches. We are now seeking to recruit a bioinformatician (postdoctoral level; 80%) who will take a central role in strengthening the computational side of our projects related to the regulation of translation in mammals. The envisioned project entails the analysis, interpretation and modelling of ribosome profiling data, and in particular a variant of this technique that we have recently developed and that relies on the analysis of “disome footprints” (Arpat et al., Genome Research 2020).

Job information

Expected start date in position 01.01.2022 or to be agreed

Contract length : 1 year, renewable, maximum 5 years

Activity rate : 80%

Workplace : University of Lausanne, Dorigny

Your responsibilities

The successful candidate will closely collaborate with experimentalists involved in the project, while also benefitting from computational expertise in- and outside of the group. In particular, the Gatfield lab is part of the National Centre of Competence in Research RNA & Disease (, a Swiss research initiative to strengthen and coordinate its activities in the rapidly evolving area of RNA biology and to obtain a leading position in the translation of knowledge from basic research into medically useful applications. The successful candidate will benefit from NCCR networking and training opportunities throughout Switzerland and from contacts to other leading RNA research labs in Lausanne, Zürich, Bern, Basel and Geneva.

Your qualifications

The successful candidate should hold a PhD degree in a relevant discipline in the life sciences. He/she should demonstrate relevant qualifications and experience in computational biology, in particular experience in HTS data analysis, and have a good understanding and keen interest in biological questions; current knowledge of latest software and design standards; ability to define and solve logical problems for technical applications; knowledge of and ability to select, adapt and effectively use a variety of programming methods. We expect him/her to have excellent communication (English) and interpersonal skills.

What the position offers you

We offer a pleasant working place in a multicultural, diverse and dynamic academic environment. Opportunities for professional training, a lot of activities and other benefits to discover.

Contact for further information

Prof. David Gatfield
Phone number: +41 21 692 39 94

Your application

To apply, please submit your motivation letter, CV (including degrees and list of scientific publications), and contact details for 2 or more referees.

Please, send your full application in Word or PDF.
Only applications through this website will be taken into account.
We thank you for your understanding.

Deadline : 10.11.2021