PhD Position in Ocean Microbial Population Genomics

Updated: 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 09 May 2024

13 Feb 2024
Job Information

ETH Zürich
Research Field

Environmental science » Ecology
Biological sciences » Other
Researcher Profile

First Stage Researcher (R1)

Application Deadline

9 May 2024 - 21:59 (UTC)
Type of Contract

Job Status

Hours Per Week

Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?


Offer Description

PhD Position in Ocean Microbial Population Genomics

The phylogenetic and functional diversity of the ocean microbiome has been shaped by a complex interplay between organisms and their environment over billions of years. Uncovering the extent and structure of this diversity requires an exploration of the molecular adaptations that facilitate survival, growth and diversification, alongside the ecological drivers that underpin them. 

We are seeking a qualified and highly motivated PhD candidate who is keen to work on the following questions:

How can we define and measure biodiversity in the global ocean? How is this diversity structured over space and time? What are the molecular adaptations that underpin the diversification of microbial populations? What are the ecological drivers of such adaptations?

Project background

The Microbiome Research Laboratory at ETH Zurich aims to uncover the composition, diversity, and function of microbial communities and the ecological and evolutionary drivers that underpin them. To achieve this, we develop computational tools and genomics resources and combine them with cutting-edge experimental analyses. Our interdisciplinary approaches are facilitated by the diverse expertise among lab members, the surrounding environment and work within international research consortia (e.g.: BioOcean5D ) to work collaboratively on groundbreaking research.

Job description

In this project, you will have a large-scale, systematically processed metagenomic dataset from the global oceans at your disposal. You will use cutting-edge computational tools, develop novel concepts and perform analyses to leverage this data and investigate the diversity, adaptation and evolution of microbial populations. If you have a background in ecology/evolution and are keen to work with global-scale data resources, then this could be the perfect position for you.

Your profile
  • A Master's degree that is centred around ecology/evolution/microbiology
  • Enthusiastic, motivated, and detail-oriented team player with strong organizational and communication skills
  • Experience with Bash/Python/R
  • Fluent in English and comfortable with basic IT systems

We offer
  • Diverse training opportunities (e.g., workshops on scientific and technical competences)
  • A stimulating and multidisciplinary work environment
  • A diverse and international group of supportive team members and collaborators
  • Opportunity to participate in multi-institutional research projects
  • Competitive salary

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:

  • Motivation letter
  • CV
  • Academic transcripts
  • Work and training certificates

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

More information about our research group can be found on our website . Prof. Shinichi Sunagawa, email [email protected] (no application documents), is at your disposal for any information.

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Research Field
Environmental science
Years of Research Experience
1 - 4

Research Field
Biological sciences
Years of Research Experience
1 - 4

Additional Information
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ETH Zürich
Postal Code
Rämistrasse 101

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