Postdoc in experimental evolutionary biology

A postdoctoral fellowship in evolutionary biology is available in the laboratory of Andreas Wagner at the University of Zurich. We are looking for a researcher to study the evolution of new protein functions through experimental evolution, and the role of robustness, epistasis, or cellular noise in adaptive evolution. Lab members are a group with very diverse backgrounds and research projects, unified by their interests in evolution and life’s fundamental organizational principles. Ongoing experimental work in the lab ranges from the directed evolution of proteins to laboratory evolution of microbes (e.g., Bratulic et al. Nature Communications 2017; Sprouffske et al. PLoS Genetics 2018). The successful candidate will have flexibility in designing their own project, as long as it falls within the purview of the lab’s general research area (see

We are looking for an individual who has received his or her PhD within the last five years, who is highly self-motivated and can work independently on a project that he or she will help develop. The successful candidate will have a strong background in microbiological techniques and molecular cloning. Experience with flow cytometry, as well as with computational analysis of high-throughput DNA sequence data will be a plus, as will be a research history in evolutionary biology. The position offers a highly competitive salary of up to three years on annually renewable contracts.

The working language in the laboratory is English. German skills, although helpful, are not essential. Zurich is a highly attractive city in beautiful surroundings, with a multinational population, and many educational and recreational opportunities.

To be considered, please send a single (!) PDF file merged from the following parts to CV including publication list, academic transcripts, three academic references, and a statement of research interests not exceeding three pages that includes a sketch of an experimental evolution project that the applicant would like to pursue. Please include the word “EXPPDOC19” in the subject line. Applications will be considered until March 25, 2019, or until the position has been filled. The starting date is flexible.

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