Open Positions

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Research groups

Labs

  • Wegmann Lab: PhD position in Ancient DNA Bioinformatics

    PhD position in Ancient DNA Bioinformatics
    Statistical and Computational Biology Group, Prof. Wegmann, University of Fribourg, Switzerland

    Who we are
    We are a young, international, interdisciplinary and enthusiastic research group at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, aiming at understanding the evolutionary and ecological processes shaping the realm of biological diversity we see today. To achieve this, we design and develop new statistical and computational approaches, and apply them to big data from many biological fields. A current focus of the lab is on dedicated tools for ancient DNA (aDNA) bioinformatics and their use to study past human societies.

    Your tasks
    We develop ATLAS (https://bitbucket.org/wegmannlab/atlas), a dedicated tool to conduct bioinformatic analyses from raw-sequence data to population genomics. We seek a highly motivated PhD student to extend the machine learning models of ATLAS for genotyping, in particular regarding post-mortem damage and recalibration, and to support the analysis of ancient DNA data within larger consortia. The position is fully funded with a competitive salary for four years, with the possibility to extend by one additional year. The successful candidate should ideally start in Summer 2022. The project does not involve lab work, unless specifically desired by the candidate.

    What we offer
    We offer a stimulating research environment, well embedded in the strong bioinformatic community in western Switzerland. We are part of the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics (SIB) and boost excellent research facilities, including state-of-the-art high-performance computational infrastructures. Fribourg is a lively university town with pleasant surroundings (such as the Alps) and an excellent quality of life. It is located only 20 minutes from the capital of Switzerland, Bern, and just a little over an hour from Geneva and Zürich. While some knowledge of German or French is beneficial for living in Switzerland, it is not essential. The working language in our lab and institute is English.

    What you bring
    You should have a master degree in bioinformatics, computational biology, evolutionary biology, computer science, statistics, physics or a related field, and a strong interest to acquire new skills in programming (C++ and R) and statistical inference, for which we are happy to provide state-of-the-art training. Experience in
    programming is not strictly required, but a plus. Good knowledge of written and spoken English is expected.

    How to apply
    To receive full consideration, apply before May 15 2022 at https://forms.gle/7ehFod3uo59CizNx8 with a single PDF file including

    • a cover letter with a brief summary of your previous research and motivation for the position,
    • a Curriculum Vitae,
    • copies of degree certificates and list of coursework, including grades,
    • names, addresses and emails of two professional references.

    Further information on our lab:

    Recent papers on the topic

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  • Wegmann Lab: PhD position in Computational Conservation Biology

    PhD position in Computational Conservation Biology
    Statistical and Computational Biology Group, Prof. Wegmann, University of Fribourg, Switzerland

    Who we are
    We are a young, international, interdisciplinary and enthusiastic research group at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, aiming at understanding the evolutionary and ecological processes shaping the realm of biological diversity we see today. To achieve this, we design and develop new statistical and computational approaches, and apply them to big data from many biological fields. A current focus of the lab is the characterization and quantification of biodiversity, and to monitor its trends to inform conservation management.

    Your tasks
    We seek a highly motivated PhD student to support our conservation efforts, particularly regarding African mammals. The successful candidate will work closely with our partners at the Chinko Nature Reserve in Central Africa (https://www.africanparks.org/the-parks/chinko) to monitor trends in population abundances.

    The work involves

    • Curating ecological big data such as camera trap images and records from transects.
    • Automating these curation tasks (where possible) using Machine Learning.
    • Developing computational methods to identify trends in ecological data.
    • Applying these methods to inform conservation management.

    The position is fully funded with a competitive salary for four years, with the possibility to extend by one additional year. The successful candidate should ideally start in Summer 2022. The research does not involve field work, but a visit to the Chinko Nature Reserve can be arranged.

    What we offer
    We offer a stimulating research environment, well embedded in the strong bioinformatic and conservation communities of western Switzerland. We are part of the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics (SIB) and boost excellent research facilities, including state-of-the-art high-performance computational infrastructures. Fribourg is a lively university town with pleasant surroundings (such as the Alps) and an excellent quality of life. It is located only 20 minutes from the capital of Switzerland, Bern, and just a little over an hour from Geneva and Zürich. While some knowledge of German or French is beneficial for living in Switzerland, it is not essential. The working language in our lab and institute is English.

    What you bring
    Either A) a master degree in bioinformatics, computational biology, computer science, statistics or a related field, and a strong interest in applying these skills to support the conservation of nature, or B) a master degree in ecology, conservation, evolutionary biology or a related field and a strong interest in computational methods.
    While experience in programming is not required, we expect candidates to be highly motivated to acquire skills in programming (R and C++) and statistical inference, for which we provide state-of-the-art training. Good knowledge of written and spoken English is expected.

    How to apply
    To receive full consideration, apply before May 15 2022 at https://forms.gle/XwShdJJECqe1X7Sn8 with a single PDF file including

    • a brief summary of your previous research and motivation for the position,
    • a Curriculum Vitae,
    • copies of degree certificates and list of coursework, including grades,
    • names, addresses and emails of two professional references.

    Further information on our lab:

    Recent papers on the topic

    PDF

  • Jazwinska Lab: PhD and Postdoc positions in Regenerative Biology in Zebrafish

    The zebrafish research group of Prof. Anna Jazwinska at the Department of Biology, University of Fribourg, Switzerland is looking for a motivated PhD student and a Postdoc with an interest in Regenerative Biology in Zebrafish.

    The positions are available on the projects:  “Heart and muscle regeneration in zebrafish”

    The zebrafish provides a unique vertebrate model system for regeneration studies due to its genetic amenability and simple maintenance. We do not understand why the regeneration response varies among adult vertebrates. Our goal is to uncover how the adult zebrafish and other fish species can naturally recreate a near-perfect replica of the lost complex tissue.

    Our specific aim is to identify the intrinsic genetic programs and external signals that support the regenerative plasticity of the regeneration-competent cells. This undertaking will demand the generation of transgenic fish lines, CRISPR/Cas9 system technology, pharmacological approaches, transcriptome analysis, and imaging techniques. A conceptual and molecular understanding of natural regeneration in lower vertebrates will help to build a foundation for regenerative medicine.

    We offer an exciting working environment where quality, professionalism and human contacts are paramount. The candidate will have the opportunity to be part of a dynamic team and provide a meaningful contribution to the identification of biological mechanisms underlying organ regeneration in teleost fish.

    Profile
    We are seeking highly motivated candidates, preferentially with experience with animal model organisms. Candidates must have good knowledge of the English language, and either French or German communication skills.

    Starting date by arrangement. Salary according to institutional guidelines. Please send a CV, a brief description of previous research experience and the names of three references.

    Contact
    Prof. Anna Jazwinska
    anna.jazwinska@unifr.ch
    http://www3.unifr.ch/bio/en/research/groups-in-alphabetical-order/jazwinska-group.html

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  • Schneiter Lab: PhD and Postdoctoral Opportunities to study the biogenesis of lipid droplets

    Postdoc and PhD positions available to study the biogenesis of lipid droplets using Baker's yeast as a genetic model organism. Techniques employed include live cell confocal microscopy, subcellular fractionation, and mass spectrometry.

    For a recent publication on the topic see:

    https://rupress.org/jcb/article/219/7/e201910177/151718/Seipin-and-Nem1-establish-discrete-ER-subdomains
    https://journals.biologists.com/jcs/article-abstract/135/5/jcs256206/268334/The-surface-of-lipid-droplets-constitutes-a?redirectedFrom=fulltext
    https://journals.biologists.com/jcs/article-abstract/135/5/jcs258819/271208/Lipid-droplets-form-a-network-interconnected-by?redirectedFrom=fulltext

    We are looking for highly motivated candidates with an excellent background in cell biology. Additional experience in yeast genetics or lipid biochemistry would be an asset. The position is available immediately for the duration of at least 4-5 years.

    For further information please contact the group leader: Roger Schneiter (roger.schneiter@unifr.ch).

  • Vanni Lab: PhD and Postdoctoral Opportunities in Computational Biophysics and Biochemistry of Membranes

    Several PhD and one postdoc positions are available in our newly-established Laboratory of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry.

    Your mission

    Our group develops and applies computer simulations to investigate how the molecular properties of proteins, lipids and membranes modulate cellular processes. We combine these in silico investigations with biochemical and biophysical approaches to understand key biological mechanisms with atomistic molecular resolution. Please check our group webpage for more information.

    Currently, we have openings in the following research areas:

    • Intracellular lipid and fat accumulation
    • Protein-membrane interactions
    • Force field development
    • Nanoparticles-membrane interactions

    Your profile

    We are looking for highly motivated, team-oriented independent thinkers. For the postdoc position, the applicant should have a PhD in physics, chemistry, physical chemistry, biophysics, engineering or a related subject. The applicant should have a background in molecular dynamics simulations or computational chemistry. Previous experience in combining simulations with NMR experiments OR in simulations of materials/nanoparticles are a plus. For the PhD positions, the applicant should have a Master Degree in physics, chemistry, biology, bioinformatics, computer science, engineering or a related subject. Computer literacy and previous experience with molecular simulations, as well as good communication skills and proficiency in English are a plus. In general, any previous specific knowledge is less important than strong motivation, enthusiasm for scientific research, problem-solving skills, and possibly a track-record of individual and team accomplishments.

    We offer

    The positions are funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation and by the NCCR in Bio-Inspired Materials . We offer a stimulating, friendly and interdisciplinary work environment, with excellent working conditions (salary, resources, …) and frontier research projects. The Department of Biology of the University of Fribourg (Switzerland) gathers very dynamic researchers with a strong commitment toward innovation and excellence in science. It offers a stimulating and supportive environment, with an open-minded atmosphere ideal to foster synergies.

    The selected candidates will also have the opportunity to interact extensively with members of the Department of Chemistry and of the Adolphe Merkle Institute in Fribourg, with whom collaborations are ongoing. In addition, they will also benefit from strong international collaborations with outstanding experimental labs in the fields of membrane biology, soft matter and nanomaterials. The successful PhD candidates will enrol in the Fribourg Graduate School of Life Sciences (FGLS) providing high-quality education opportunities to complement the laboratory training. It will also benefit from the close proximity to the CECAM headquarters in Lausanne, where multiple workshops and schools in computational science are held every year (https://www.cecam.org ). PhD positions are fully funded for 3 years, with a possible 1-year extension. In addition, PhD students will have the possibility to apply to generous international postdoctoral fellowship from the SNF after completion of their PhD. Initial gross annual salary for PhD students will be 47,040 CHF (~ 47,000 $). The postdoc position is fully funded for 2 years, with a possible 2-years extension. In addition, the postdoc will have the possibility to apply to prestigious and generous fellowships from the SNF to start an independent career after completion of their postdoctoral fellowship. Initial gross annual salary for Postdocs will be 65,000 CHF (~ 65,000 $).

     

    Please send your application, including short cover letter (explaining background and motivation) and a complete CV via e-mail to Stefano Vanni