PhD position in Computational Geobiology

100%, Zurich, temporary

The Geobiology Group of the Department of Earth Sciences is offering a PhD position in Computational Geobiology starting in 2020. We specialize in developing phylogenetic and metagenomic methods to answer important questions in Earth History.

Job description

The PhD project will develop computational methods to study the co-evolution of life and planets. A tentative PhD candidate has a strong background in computational biology (or related subjects) and is interested in evolution and/or microbial ecology. While the position will focus on method development, the PhD candidate will also have access to exciting, new (meta)genomic datasets from extreme environments (e.g. subsurface and high-alpine systems) and human microbiome samples generated by the group. Individual project proposals are also welcome and encouraged.

Salary and general working conditions will be consistent with ETH standards.

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Candidates should have a strong research interest in genomics, computational geobiology, and data science. Experience with a programming language (e.g. python, R) is required and basic working knowledge with high-performance computing is desired. Applicants should hold a MSc degree in a related field and be fluent in English.

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We look forward to receiving your online application with the following documents: letter of interest, CV (including names of academic references), and academic transcripts. Candidates will be screened on a continuous basis until the position has been filled.

Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

Further information about the Department of Earth Sciences can be found on our website

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