Postdoctoral position in biology, 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, Ludwig Center for Cancer Research, university hospital, and a cluster of biotech companies flourishing in the larger Lake Geneva area.


The Gatfield lab works on how gene expression regulation occurs at the intersection of RNA biology and circadian clocks, using in vitro, cellular and mouse models. Our interest lies in using the circadian system to discover general principles of regulated mRNA translation and stability, and to study the in vivo impact of the gene regulatory phenomena that we discover.

We are part of the National Centre of Competence in Research RNA & Disease ( With this research initiative, Switzerland aims 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.

Job information

Expected start date in position : 01.01.2021 or to be agreed
Contract length : 1 year, renewable 2 x 2 years, maximum 5 years
Activity rate : 100%
Workplace : University of Lausanne, Dorigny

Your responsibilities

Different projects are available for postdoctoral fellows, notably (1) on how upstream open reading frame (uORF) translation regulates molecular timekeeping by the circadian clock, and (2) on ribosomal pausing as a novel gene regulatory mechanism.

Full funding for the position is available, though application to personal international fellowships will be encouraged.

Your qualifications

The successful candidate should hold a PhD degree in molecular biology, biochemistry, or a related discipline in the experimental life sciences. We expect him/her to be fluent in English (full working proficiency) and to be a team player.

What the position offers you

We offer a nice 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 : 0041 21 692 39 94

Your application

To apply, please submit a motivation letter describing why you are interested in joining our group, a CV (with copy of your PhD degree and a list of your 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 : 15.12.2020

 Additional information

UNIL is committed to equal opportunities and diversity.

UNIL supports early career researchers.