Postdoc - Comparative Genomics of Primulaceae


Zurich, Schweiz

A Post-doctoral position is available in Elena Conti's group at the Department of Systematic and Evolutionary Botany, University of Zürich, for a period of 2 (to 3) years.

The Department of Systematic and Evolutionary Botany and the University of Zurich provide state-­of-­the-­art infrastructure, excellent scientific milieu, and an international, English-­speaking work environment. With a world-­class airport located in the center of Europe, Zurich offers unmatched opportunities for easy travel to conferences and workshops anywhere in the world. Proximity to the Alps offers easy access to multiple outdoor activities and the species-­rich Alpine flora.

Your responsibilities

We assemble reference genomes de novo and perform comparative genomic analyses to investigate the origin, evolution, and loss of the heterostyly supergene (S-­locus) in Primulaceae (and related questions). The selected candidate will also have the opportunity to gain valuable teaching experience.

Your profile

The successful candidate will possess the following skills: ability to frame questions clearly, test hypotheses, set goals; write, submit, and publish scientific manuscripts; knowledge of genome-­assembly methods, comparative genomics, bioinformatics, phylogenomics and population genomics; ability to work both collaboratively and independently; knowledge of plant breeding systems desirable. What we offer We offer varied and interesting work in an inspiring and socially relevant environment. Diversity and inclusion are important to us.

Place of work

Zollikerstrasse 107, 8008 Zürich

Start of employment

May 1 or June 1, 2020 (some flexibility possible). The position is available for 2 (to 3) years; opportunities to seek additional funding are available. Please submit your application material in one single PDF file including CV, publication record, copy of Ph.D. diploma and courses taken (with grades), letter of motivation explaining your interest in and qualifications for the topic (2 pages max.), and names and contact information of three referees by January 31th, 2020.


University of Zurich