PhD position in evolutionary biology
Université de Lausanne
Lausanne, Suisse
vor 4 Tg.


UNIL is a leading international teaching and research institution, with over 5,000 employees and 15,500 students split between its Dorigny campus, CHUV and Epalinges.

As an employer, UNIL encourages excellence, individual recognition and responsibility.

Presentation Job information

Expected start date in position : to be discussed with the selected candidate

Contract length : 1 year, renewable for up to 4 years

Activity rate : 100%

Workplace : Lausanne-Dorigny

Your responsibilities

Animal societies vary greatly in social organization, yet the genomic, behavioral and ecological processes causing this diversity are poorly understood.

The Alpine silver ant Formica selysi provides an ideal system to study the evolution of alternative social organization, because a supergene a large group of linked genes determines whether the colony has one or multiple queens.

The successful candidate will perform experiments to better understand the genomic, behavioral and / or ecological factors contributing to the maintenance of this social polymorphism.

Your qualifications

In order to complete our team, we are looking for someone with a Master's degree in biology, life sciences, genetics, bioinformatics, or related subjects.

Applicants should have knowledge and skills pertaining to evolutionary biology, genetics, genomics, behavior or ecology.

We are looking for a creative, curious and motivated person with excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

What the position offers you

We offer a nice working place in a multicultural, diverse and dynamic academic environment. Opportunities for professional training, a lot of activities and other benefits to discover.

The Department of Ecology and Evolution in Lausanne University hosts research groups working on a broad range of topics, producing a rich intellectual and social life.

Although French is the common language in Lausanne region, the department research activities and seminars are conducted in English.

The University of Lausanne offers state-of-the-art facilities, including excellent computer facilities and molecular labs.

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