Postdoctoral position in river microbiome research

WorkplaceLausanne, Lake Geneva region, Switzerland

EPFL, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, is one of the most dynamic university campuses in Europe and ranks among the top 20 universities worldwide. The EPFL employs more than 6,000 people supporting the three main missions of the institutions: education, research and innovation. The EPFL campus offers an exceptional working environment at the heart of a community of more than 16,000 people, including over 12,000 students and 4,000 researchers from more than 120 different countries.

Your mission :
The River Ecosystems Laboratory at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland is seeking one postdoctoral research associate to work on the global glacier-fed stream microbiome.

Over the last four years, in the context of the Vanishing Glaciers project, we were able to collect microbial and environmental data from 170 glacier-fed streams around the world. Unique data from 16S rRNA and 18 rRNA sequencing, massive shotgun metagenomics, process rate measurements, physicochemical characterization of the streams, and GIS-based analyses of their glaciers are now available to further explore the fascinating life of prokaryotes, eukaryotes and viruses in the streams that drain the roof of our planet. Please, visit ?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"> for a first appreciation of the Vanishing Glaciers project.

Main duties and responsibilities include :

  • Analyse the microbiome of the world’s glacier-fed streams
  • Merge microbiome structure and function with environmental metadata

Your profile :
  • PhD in microbial ecology, ecological, evolutionary or environmental sciences
  • Outstanding skills in metagenomics and/or ecophylogenetics
  • Outstanding skills in bioinformatics and multidimensional data analyses
  • High motivation and dedication, very strong work ethic
  • Excellent oral communication and technical writing skills
  • Strong quantitative skills
  • Open minded and curious, eager to learn
  • High social competencies to integrate in an interdisciplinary team

We offer :
  • A world-class research and training environment with access to state-of-the-art research facilities ( ?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"> )
  • A multi-cultural and stimulating work environment
  • Highly competitive salaries

Start date :

Term of employment :
Fixed-term (CDD)

Work rate :

Duration :
2 years

Remark : Only candidates who applied through EPFL website or our partner Jobup’s website will be considered. Files sent by agencies without a mandate will not be taken into account.

Reference :
Job Nb 2688

In your application, please refer to and reference JobID 58892.

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