The Animal Genomics group within the Institute of Agricultural Sciences at ETH Zurich investigates animal genomes. The group applies bioinformatics and statistical methods to detect and characterize trait-associated sequence variation. We are looking for a motivated and talented Postdoc that is eager to work on cutting-edge research projects within our young and international team.
Our research focuses on the genomic characterization of cattle and pig populations. We have established a comprehensive a database of whole-genome sequencing variants that segregate in various pig and cattle breeds. We have access to whole-genome genotyping and sequencing data of >40'000 (partially) progeny-tested animals with excellent phenotypic records. This data enables powerful genome-wide association studies. Other ongoing projects include the development of graph-based reference genomes, the characterization of individual cattle genomes using long sequencing reads (PacBio and ONT), and the de-novo assembly of mammalian genomes. Moreover, our group is involved in international endeavours that aim at characterizing animal genomes such as the 1000 Bull Genomes Project and the EU H2020 project BovReg. Our group has access to ETH's high-performance computing cluster and state-of-the-art molecular user labs equipped with short- and long-read sequencing technologies. We are committed to open and reproducible research. We mostly work with the Snakemake workflow system to create reproducible analyses. To expand our team of PhD students and Postdocs, we are looking for a Postdoctoral researcher.
We are looking for an enthusiastic and collaborative young researcher that is eager to:
The successful candidate will work closely with several members of the group. The Postdoc will be able to access short- and long-read sequencing data from hundreds of animals representing different breeds of cattle and pig. Using this data, the successful candidate will identify trait-associated sequence variants using genome-wide association testing or population genetic analyses. The availability of long-read sequencing data also offers the opportunity to contribute to our ongoing endeavors with regard to the de novo assembly of breed-specific reference genomes and the development of whole-genome graph-based sequence variant analysis approaches. The successful candidate will also be able to pursue her/his own research interests.
While we are primarily looking for a bioinformatics and computational genomics-oriented researcher, candidates with a wet-lab background and some bioinformatics experience will also be considered if their future research interests align well with our group. Active participation in international conferences and scientific writing are very much supported. The position is available for 2 years with an anticipated start date of May 1st, 2020 (negotiable, extension beyond 2 years is possible). The position is based at ETH Zurich, Switzerland. The successful candidate will join the Animal Genomics group led by Hubert Pausch.
The salary is in accordance with ETH standards and commensurate with experience.
The successful candidate should have a strong research interest in bioinformatics, statistical genomics, computational biology or animal genetics. Experience with a programming/scripting language (e.g., python, R) is required as well as a certain level of proficiency in high-performance computing. Applicants should hold a PhD (or should be close to the completion of the PhD thesis) in disciplines that are related to the PhD position (e.g., genomics, computational biology, bioinformatics, genetics, agricultural sciences, animal sciences). Affinity to computational genomics, bioinformatics and statistics is required. The writing of scientific papers and participation in international conferences requires good knowledge of English.
We look forward to receiving your online application with the following documents:
Please note that we only accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered. The application review will begin on April 1, 2020, and continue until the position is filled (and this advertisement is online).
Additional information about the Animal Genomics group can be found on our website www.ag.ethz.ch. For questions about the position, please contact Hubert Pausch via email firstname.lastname@example.org (no applications).
|Title||Postdoc position in Bioinformatics / Computational Genomics|
|Job location||Rämistrasse 101, 8006 Zurich|
|Published||February 14, 2020|
|Job types||Postdoc  |
|Fields||Biostatistics,   Bioinformatics,   Genetics,   Computational Biology  |