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 3 open positions available at the Institute of Genomics, University of Tartu (EE)

Institute of Genomics received H2020 ERA-Chair grant in 2018.
The project started from 1st of September 2018 and will last for 5 years.

The proposed ERA Chair – the Center for Genomics, Evolution and Medicine (cGEM), aims to apply advancements in genomic medicine in an evolutionarily-aware framework to account for different evolutionary pathways of populations which have led to differences in susceptibility to common diseases. cGEM group (, led by Dr Anders Eriksson, was recently formed with the goal to bridge the fields of bioinformatics, evolutionary biology and genomic medicine. The research in the cGEM ERA Chair group will be focussed on combining tools and data from different disciplines to gain insights into the genetic variation, regulatory mechanisms for gene expression and gene-environment interactions responsible for variation in complex human traits and susceptibility to disease within and between and populations, and translating these insights into clinical practise and collaboration with industry.


Who do we need?

Senior Research Fellow of Evolutionary and Population Genomics

researcher in evolutionary genetics, population genetics, computational genetics and genomics or related fields


Senior Research Fellow of Bioinformatics and Medical Genomics

researcher in medical and functional genetics, bioinformatics, personalised medicine or related fields


Senior Research Fellow of Molecular Medicine (position under Institute of Clinical Medicine)

researcher in medical genetics and diagnostics, molecular medicine, and/or clinical research or related fields


What do we offer?

The recruitment package includes a competitive salary, fully funded positions for one postdoc and one PhD student to complete the team. It is a 4-year position starting from 1st of November 2019 to 31rd of August 2023, which can be extended if successful.


How to apply?

Applications should include a letter of application, CV, motivation letter, list of research publications, research agenda including contacts of two references and a copy of a document which shows the candidate to hold the required qualification. In your publication list, please explain briefly the relevance of your most important work.

In order to be considered for the position, the candidate must submit required documents to the UT Human Resources Office (email: at the latest on 16.09.2019


Further Information:

Mait Metspalu, PhD director of Institute of Genomics,

Andres Salumets, Institute of Clinical Medicine,

Anders Eriksson, PhD, cGEM ERA Chair, group leader genomics guided evolutionary medicine,

Merit Kreitsberg, project manager,



Further information:
Senior Research Fellow of Bioinformatics and Medical Genomics 
Senior Research Fellow of Evolutionary and Population
Senior Research Fellow of Molecular Medicine



2 junior group leader positions open at the NCCR RNA & Disease

The NCCR RNA & Disease seeks for up to 2 young group leaders with innovative research projects to become Junior Principal Investigators of the NCCR RNA & Disease.

Welcome to Ludivine!

I am Ludivine Lebeigle, I am 28 years old and just started as lab technician in the group of Sebastian Soyk on the 4th floor. I have a Master degree in Plant Sciences with a focus on plant interactions with microorganisms and the environment. I spent the last year at the Institut of Plant Sciences at the University of Bern where I worked with Petunia. I am French and live in Echandens.

I am really glad to be here for the next years.


PhD student position available in group Attanasio, University of Leuven (BE)


(ref. BAP-2019-559)


The lab of Dr. Attanasio is a new research group at the Department of Human Genetics, KU Leuven (=Leuven University), the highest-ranked university in Belgium and the most innovative university in Europe. The lab performs state-of-the-art research in functional genomics to study the regulatory role of non-coding DNA in complex biological processes and supports other groups with expertise in gene regulation and genomics approaches. The goal is to understand how regulatory sequences control spatio-temporal gene expression programs and how their alteration – through nucleotide or genome structural variation –contributes to human phenotypes or diseases.

Copy-Number Variations (CNVs), which define sequence deletions or insertions of ≥50bp, have been shown to play important roles in population diversity and human diseases. Topologically Associated Domains (TADs) are fundamental regulatory units of the genome as they ensure proper gene expression regulation. Several studies have reported that genomic rearrangements such as deletion or duplication of DNA segments (i.e. CNVs) could disrupt, duplicate or shift TADs boundaries and affect human biology. In this project, we aim at identifying the effects of rare inherited CNVs in families with developmental disorders.

For this project, we are seeking a highly motivated PhD student interested in studying the intersection between structural variants, 3D chromatin architecture and human diseases using high-throughput technologies, genetics, genomics and bioinformatics.

  • Applicants should hold a Master degree in Biomedical Sciences, BioEngineering or Bioinformatics.
  • Strong interest in the field of non-coding gene regulation and human diseases.
  • Previous research experience in the fields of molecular biology, genomics or chromatin dynamics is preferred. However, we will also consider candidates with a background in computational biology interested in expanding their skill set to wet lab techniques.
  • Bioinformatics training (R, Python) and knowledge of statistics.
  • We are looking for independent, innovative and creative personalities with a hands-on, can-do attitude.
  • We offer employment as a full-time doctoral researcher in a stimulating environment, but the student will be asked to apply for individual funding (f.e. FWO) at least once.
  • This project is part of a larger research effort involving seven laboratories of the Human Genetics Department of KU Leuven. The candidate will thus have the opportunity to interact with experts in human genetics, bioinformatics and human population genetics.
  • The possibility to participate in international conferences and collaborations.
  • Access to state-of-the-art techniques and infrastructure.
  • A stimulating and diverse international research environment in a world-class academic context, located in the heart of Europe.

Start date: the position will be available from 1st of November, but the starting date is negotiable.


For more information please contact Prof. dr. Catia Attanasio, mail:

Additional required information:

  • Please enclose a motivation letter to your application with a brief research statement that demonstrates your interest in this type of research and a CV.
  • Please provide contact information of 2 mentors who agreed to provide a short letter of recommendation.
You can apply for this job no later than September 22, 2019 via the online application tool
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Takato Imaizumi will give a seminar – 12:15 p.m. in Aud. A Génopode, on Aug. 23, 2019


Takato Imaizumi

University of Washington, Seattle

Light and circadian timing are important for seasonal flowering in nature and for plant-pollinator interactions

Friday August 23rd 2019 
At 12h15

Génopode Building

Auditorium A

All the interested people are cordially invited.

Host : Prof. Christian Fankhauser


Welcome to Jonas!

My name is Jonas Barraud. I just started an apprenticeship as laboratory technician in biology at the Center for Integrative Genomics.

I’m 15 years old and I live with my whole family in St-Saphorin, a little village in the middle of the Lavaux UNESCO vineyards.

I’m passionate about sailing and I take part in numerous regattas around Europe all year long.

I’m very proud to be part of the CIG and I’m looking forward to meet you all,