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Pathogen Genomic Postdoc Position @ Basel University | Switzerland

Pathogen Genomic Postdoc Position @ Basel University | Switzerland

Pathogen Genomic Postdoc Position @ Basel University | Switzerland: The University of Basel (German: Universität Basel) is located in Basel, Switzerland. Founded in 1460, it is Switzerland’s oldest university and is counted among the leading institutions of the country. The associated University Library of Basel is the largest and among the most important libraries in the whole of Switzerland. The University hosts the faculties of theology, law, medicine, humanities and social sciences, science, psychology, and business and economics, as well as numerous cross-disciplinary subjects and institutes, such as the Biozentrum for biomedical research and the Institute for European Global Studies. In 2016, the University boasted 12’852 students and 377 professors. International students accounted for 25 percent of the student body

Pathogen Genomic Postdoc Position @ Basel University | Switzerland

Post-Doc position in pathogen genomics

The Biozentrum of the University of Basel is one of the leading institutes worldwide for molecular and biomedical basic research and teaching. It is home to more than 30 research groups with scientists from over 40 countries. Research at the Biozentrum focuses on the areas of Cell Growth & Development, Infection Biology, Neurobiology, Structural Biology & Biophysics and Computational & Systems Biology. With its more than 500 employees, the Biozentrum is the largest department at the University of Basel’s Faculty of Science.

A postdoctoral position (full time) is available in the newly established Research group of Richard Neher at the Biozentrum of the University of Basel. Our group works on genomics of pathogenic virus and bacteria with a focus on intra-patient HIV evolution and prediction of seasonal influenza virus evolution. Research in our group combines mathematical modeling, bioinformatics, next-generation sequencing, and methods from statistical physics to understand the complex dynamics of host-pathogen interactions. Our group is a co-developer of the real-time virus tracking tools nextflu.org and nextstrain.org. We have recently started to extend our real-time tracking efforts to bacterial populations.

Possible projects include

(i) extension of our recent results on influenza virus evolution to use all genomic segments,

(ii) genome evolution of bacteria or

(iii) real-time tracking applications for bacteria. The exact scope of the projects is flexible and can be tailored to the applicant interests and skills.

Your profile

  • Either a PhD in physics, applied math, bioinformatics, computer science and strong interest in biology or a life science degree and strong quantitative skills
  • Scientific computing and programming experience (ideally in python and C/C++)
  • Firm background in probability theory and statistical methods

In addition, the following skills are desirable:

  • Experience with next-generation sequencing data
  • Population genetic models/phylogenetic inference
  • Data visualization and experience with javascript/d3

Application | To Apply:

Please send a cover letter, statement of research interests (max one page), CV, publication list, and contact information of three references as one pdf file to richard.neher@unibas.ch
Please state clearly in your cover letter what you want to do and why this fits with our research. For informal inquiries, contact Richard Neher.

For further information please visit http://www.biozentrum.unibas.ch/news-events/news/news-details/article/new-associate-professor-appointed-to-the-biozentrum/


Pathogen Genomic Postdoc Position @ Basel University | Switzerland

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