Postdoctoral researcher position available in Functional Genomics at the CIG, UNIL (CH)


The University of Lausanne is a higher teaching and research institution composed of seven faculties where approximately 14,300 students and nearly 3,900 collaborators, professors, and researchers work and study. Ideally situated along the lake of Geneva, near Lausanne’s city center, its campus brings together over 120 nationalities.


The group of Prof. Jolanda van Leeuwen, who will start a new research group at the CIG (Center for Integrative Genomics) of the University of Lausanne in April 2018, is seeking to recruit a Postdoctoral Researcher to work on projects relating to functional genomics and genetic interactions.

Job information

Expected start date in position: 01.04.2018 or to be agreed

Contract length: 1 year, renewable 2 x 2 years, maximum 5 years

Activity rate: 100% (50% of the activity rate for research projects, 50% of the activity rate for institutional tasks)

Workplace: University of Lausanne, Dorigny

Your responsibilities

The main research mission of the Van Leeuwen lab is to use functional genomics tools to improve our understanding of how mutations can interact to produce unexpected phenotypes, and how this determines the severity of genetic traits. Our research specifically focusses on suppression interactions, in which the accumulation of secondary mutations elsewhere in the genome can compensate for the deleterious effects of the primary mutation. For human disease genes, suppressors can represent strong targets for therapeutic intervention. 

The candidate will be expected to conduct research within the context of the lab’s research goal. We currently seek trainees for several projects, including:

  • Expanding the suppressor network in yeast and decipher general rules of suppression to allow us to predict these interactions in human genomes.
  • Investigating the role of suppressor mutations in tumor development and chemotherapy resistance.
  • Technology development for high-throughput analysis of suppression interactions in cultured mammalian cells.
  • Exploring suppression phenotypes involving more than two genes, to understand how multiple mutations can combine to yield phenotypes.

The successful candidate will be expected to design experiments to validate discoveries from primary genetic screens. Independence in troubleshooting and accuracy in execution of experiments is expected.

The candidate will assist in the supervision of other lab members, including students and technicians, and will contribute to manuscripts for publication and present research findings at academic conferences. Funding for the position is available, but application to postdoctoral fellowship programs will be highly encouraged.

Your qualifications

We are a young research laboratory looking for talented post-docs interested in high-throughput genetic analysis, with a specific focus on suppression.

A doctorate in biology or a related discipline is required, and a strong background in yeast genetics or cancer biology is a plus.

Exceptional interest in understanding genetic interactions and a great sense of teamwork are essential.

What the position offers you

The Van Leeuwen lab is hosted at the Center for Integrative Genomics (CIG) at the University of Lausanne (UNIL), 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 high schools (UNIL, EPFL) the Swiss Institute Bioinformatics, Ludwig Center for Cancer Research, University Hospital, and a cluster of biotech companies flourishing in the larger lake Leman area. We offer a nice working place in a multicultural, diversified and dynamic academic environment.

Contact for further information

Informal enquiries should be sent to Prof. Jolanda van Leeuwen


Your application

Please submit your full application comprising:

  • a cover letter detailing your research interests and experience
  • a CV
  • a copy of your PhD certificate
  • contact details for 2 or more referees

Only applications through the UNIL website will be taken into account.

Additional information

UNIL is committed to promoting gender equality and strongly encourages applications from female candidates.