PhD Position in Computational Evolutionary Genomics

PhD in Evolutionary Genomics

We are looking for a highly motivated and innovative PhD student to explore the repertoire and the evolution of non-protein coding RNAs (ncRNAs) using computational genomics. The eukaryotic transcriptome appears now far more complex and extensive than previously anticipated, with the majority of RNA transcripts originating from outside of protein-coding genes. However, despite the increasing interest in such transcripts, their number and functions, if any, remain to be discovered. The exploration of this vast and yet largely unknown part of the molecular repertoire will affect many aspects of our current understanding of cellular machinery, and consequently, our ability to alter cellular processes

The project will be supervised by Prof. E. Zdobnov at the Department of Genetic Medicine and Development of the University of Geneva Medical School. We are also part of the renowned Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, and offer a stimulating research environment with excellent facilities and opportunities for collaboration. The project funding is secured by the Swiss National Science Foundation for 3 years with a possible extension, which together with the Faculty topping up makes about 4,000 CHF/month. The international city of Geneva, described as ‘the smallest of the large capitals’, offers a vibrant city life within easy reach of the picturesque lake and stunning Alps.

Profile requirements

The ideal candidate should have a strong background in bioinformatics, molecular biology, or computer science with practical programming skills in Unix environment and a good understanding of molecular biology and genetics. A Diploma or MSc degree, and fluency in English are required.

Closing date for applications: 15 March 2012

To apply: send your CV, statement of research interest, names and contact details of at least two referees by e-mail to: with the subject phd job 2012