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Postdoctoral position in bacterial synthetic biology

University of Lausanne

We are looking for a post-doc in bacterial synthetic biology at the Department of Fundamental Microbiology, University of Lausanne, Switzerland.

The Schaerli lab ( carries out interdisciplinary research at the interface between synthetic, systems, micro- and evolutionary biology. We are seeking a highly motivated post-doc to construct synthetic gene regulatory networks for spatiotemporal pattern formation in E. coli. The project will build upon our recent work (Santos-Moreno et al., Nat. Commun. 2020 and Barbier et al., Mol. Syst. Biol. 2020) and will extend it towards potential applications.

Job information

Expected start date in position: 01.11.2020 / to be agreed

Contract length: 1 year, renewable 2 x 2 years, maximum 5 years

Activity rate: 100%

Workplace: University of Lausanne

Your responsibilities

The selected candidate will work on building synthetic gene circuits in E. coli. The postdoc will have the opportunity to lead research projects and work with motivated PhD and Master students. The qualified candidate will benefit from working in a very stimulating and international research environment in a young team with access to state-of-the-art facilities and a competitive salary.

At least 80% of the working time will be dedicated to personal research. The remaining of the working time may be dedicated to teaching (organization and supervision of student practical trainings).

Your qualifications

Candidates should hold a PhD in life sciences and have a strong background in bacterial synthetic biology or in a related field. Experience with mathematical modelling would be a plus.

Postdoctoral applicants should have at least one first-author publications in a peer-reviewed international journal or available as a pre-print. A good command of the English language, a high personal motivation to excel in science and a curious mind are required.

What the post offers you

The Department of Fundamental Microbiology offers a supportive and stimulating environment, with access to excellent experimental facilities. The environment is highly international, and all activities are conducted in English. Beyond the training in the host laboratory, numerous possibilities for further continuous training exist.

Contact for further information

Prof. Yolanda Schaerli: yolanda.schaerli at

Your application

Application deadline: 09.08.2020

Please apply through the UNIL Job website and include your full application (motivation letter, CV with months and years including a list of publications and the names and contact details of three referees) as pdf.

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