Post-doctoral fellow position available at the DCB, UNIL – deadline 19.05.2017

Position: Post-doctoral Research Fellow
Organization: Complex Trait Genetics Group, Department of Computational Biology
Employment: Full-time, fixed term for 12 months initially, renewable up to 5 years depending upon performance


The Complex Trait Genetics Group ( is a newly established research group within the Department of Computational Biology at the University of Lausanne, led by Matthew Robinson. Our research is at the interface of human medical genetics, population genetics, and bioinformatics. The aim of our work is to develop innovative methods in the analysis of genetic data of complex traits to gain new insight into complex human disease. Our research is regularly published in top journals and within the next two years we expect to grow to a dynamic team of 3 post-doctoral research staff and two PhD students. The Department of Computational Biology is newly formed and consists of seven groups and additionally the candidate will initially be hosted within the Centre for Integrative Genomics, enabling maximum opportunities for collaboration and transfer of knowledge and ideas. The University of Lausanne is an internationally focussed university with close connection to the University Hospital (CHUV), a wide range of data resources, excellent computing facilities (VITAL-IT) and a beautiful setting. There are opportunities to work with large population-based data sets and to be part of research teams, to address individually developed and collaboratively generated research questions, and to supervise undergraduate and graduate students. The appointee will be supported in the development of independently driven research objectives and supported to apply for independent funding.


Primary Purpose of Position

The applicant will be required to work with the group leader on existing projects (some of which are listed below), and are also expected to develop their own ideas and research program. There are a number of research projects available, including but not limited to:

• Improving prediction of common complex disease in personalized medicine

• Bayesian analysis of large scale genotype-phenotype data

• Understanding the genetic control of environmental variation

• Utilizing multiple sources of genomics data to understand the genetic basis of disease

Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

• Research including analysis of data, method development and testing, and writing computer code to conduct data analysis

• Primary role in manuscript preparation and publication

• Presentation of results in lab meetings and conferences

• Displaying a work ethic expected for a researcher aspiring to a long-term career in science

• Administrative aspects that underlie scientific research

• In discussion with lab heads, development of timelines

• Record-keeping

• Collaboration with other group members, with other members of the department and as part of national and international consortia

• Co-supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate student projects

Reporting Relationships

Reporting to Dr. Matthew Robinson


Complete position advertisement:  postdoc group M. Robinson

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