Postdoctoral scholarship holder Evolutionary computational genomics

Updated: 2 months ago

Department: Department of Biology
Regime Full-time

The Department of Biology in the Faculty of Science is looking for a full-time (100%)

Postdoctoral scholarship holder in the field of evolutionary computational genomics


  • This position is part of a funded research project in the Svardal Lab with the aim to uncover the role of structural genetic variants (inversions, transposons) in the rapid adaptive radiation and speciation of Lake Malawi cichlids.
  • Two projects are available:
    • The detection of structural genetic variants across 100s of species of the Lake Malawi cichlid adaptive radiation, using innovative long and linked read sequencing techniques (haplotagging, PromethION, field-based real-time minION sequencing)
    • Using population genomics and machine learning to infer the evolutionary and adaptive history of structural variants across the Lake Malawi cichlid adaptive radiation
  • A combination of aspects of the two project is possible. Click here for more information on the projects.
  • In both projects you will use whole genome sequencing and variation data and design and apply computational genomic inference methods.
  • Budget for training and field work is available.


  • You hold a PhD in (Bio-)informatics, Computational Biology, or a related field (or you will have obtained it by the time you start work).
  • Your research qualities are in line with the faculty and university research policies .
  • Your teaching competences are in line with the University of Antwerp’s educational vision .
  • You act with attention to quality, integrity, creativity and cooperation.
  • You can speak and write fluently in English.
  • You match at least three of the following criteria
    • Quantitative background in bioinformatics, computational biology or a related field
    • Experience with population genetic/genomic inference
    • Experience with and/or interest in machine learning
    • Good understanding population genetic principles and coalescent theory
    • Experience with developing computational algorithms for genomic data and bioinformatic tools for the scientific community.
    • Experience with the analysis of structural genetic variants from genome sequencing data
    • Experience with ONT data

What we offer

  • We offer a full-time appointment as a postdoctoral scholarship holder for an inital period of 12 month, with the possibility of an extension up to a total of 36 month;
  • The planned start date is 01 April 2021 or as soon as possible after that date.
  • Your monthly scholarship amount is calculated according to the scholarship amounts for postdoctoral scholarship holders on the pay scales for contract research staff (Dutch: Bijzonder Academisch Personeel, BAP).
  • You will do most of your work at Groenenborger Campus in a dynamic and stimulating working environment.
  • Find out more about working at the University of Antwerp here .

Want to apply?

  • You can apply for this vacancy through the University of Antwerp’s online job application platform up to and including 01 March 2021 (by midnight Brussels time). Click on the 'Apply' button, complete the online application form and be sure to include the following attachments: your academic CV, and a motivation letter (max 2 pages, in English) explaining which parts of the suggested projects  specifically interest you and how your skills and background make you the right person to takle these specific questions.
  • The selection committee will review all of the applications as soon as possible after the application deadline. As soon as a decision has been made, we will inform you about the next steps in the selection procedure.
  • If you have any questions about the online application form, please check the frequently asked questions or send an email to . If you have any questions about the job itself, please contact  

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