Postdoc Position in Metagenomics & Computational Biology

Updated: 3 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 07 Dec 2023

9 Sep 2023
Job Information

ETH Zürich
Research Field

Biological sciences » Biology
Biological sciences » Other
Computer science » Other
Computer science » Programming
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Recognised Researcher (R2)

Application Deadline

7 Dec 2023 - 22:59 (UTC)
Type of Contract

Job Status

Hours Per Week

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Not funded by an EU programme
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Offer Description

Postdoc Position in Metagenomics & Computational Biology

The Environmental Microbiology group is inviting applications for a Postdoctoral position in Computational Biology & Metagenomics. The group is led by Prof. Marie Schoelmerich and located in the Department of Environmental Systems Sciences, ETH Zürich. The Environmental Microbiology group is dedicated to illuminating the fascinating world of anaerobic microbiology from the global scale to the microscale. We focus on microorganisms that use an ancient pathway to capture and convert the greenhouse gases carbon dioxide and methane. Through a combination of metagenomics, classic microbiology, and biochemistry, we aim to decipher the influence of anaerobic microorganisms on biogeochemical cycles and seek to identify the molecular elements and mechanisms driving these processes. The long-term goal of our research is to illuminate fundamental mechanisms and principles of environmental processes and inspire sustainable technologies.

Project background

The position is a full-time position (100%) initially limited to one year, with a possibility of extension. The expected start date is autumn 2023.

Job description

We are looking for a Postdoc to spearhead metagenomics and computational biology in the Environmental Microbiology group. The candidate will:

  • Identify extrachromosomal elements in metagenomic datasets an analyze them in silico
  • Establish a metagenomic and computational software infrastructure
  • Communicate findings at conferences and through high-quality publications
  • Mentor and train graduate, master, and bachelor students

Your profile
  • Ph.D. in bioinformatics, microbiology, or a related discipline with proven training an experience in metagenomics
  • Proficient in Python and Bash
  • Experience with Linux environments
  • Excellent interpersonal communication, teamwork, and organizational skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skills in English

We offer
  • Support for career goals through conference travel and workshops
  • Encouraging and collaborative research environment
  • Cutting-edge computational infrastructure
  • Exciting working environment, cultural diversity and attractive offers and benefits
  • Family-friendly employer with excellent working conditions (e.g., flexible working hours, home office)

Working, teaching and research at ETH Zurich

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Curious? So are we.

We look forward to receiving your online application with the following documents:

  • Cover letter
  • CV including publication list
  • Contact details of two references

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 Environmental Microbiology Group in the Department of Environmental Systems Sciences can be found on our website .

Questions regarding the position should be directed to Prof. Marie Schoelmerich,  (no applications).

About ETH Zürich
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Research Field
Biological sciences
Years of Research Experience
4 - 10

Research Field
Biological sciences
Years of Research Experience
4 - 10

Research Field
Computer science
Years of Research Experience
4 - 10

Research Field
Computer science
Years of Research Experience
4 - 10

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ETH Zürich
Postal Code
Rämistrasse 101

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