Postdoc in Modelling Bacterial Ecology, Evolution and Epidemiology

ETH Zurich Institute of Integrative Biology

Postdoc Position in Modelling Bacterial Ecology, Evolution and Epidemiology 

100%, Zurich, fixed-term

Join the Evolutionary Epidemiology group to work at the intersection of evolutionary theory and public health. We combine mathematical modelling with genomic and epidemiological data to answer fundamental questions about the behaviour of clinically important traits, such as antibiotic resistance, in bacterial populations.

The Evolutionary Epidemiology team is led by Sonja Lehtinen and part of the Theoretical Biology group at ETH Zurich. The group is very friendly, with people from diverse backgrounds working on a range of projects relating to microbial evolution and dynamics. This creates unique opportunities for collaborations and learning across disciplines.

We are interested in people who approach science with curiosity and intellectual rigour. If you like our papers, we want to hear from you!

Job description

We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher to join our team. The position is for two years initially, with the possibility of extension. The start date is flexible, ideally by September 2023.

You will have freedom to shape your project within our research topics. Possible directions include:

  • How does within-host bacterial competition shape epidemiological dynamics?
  • How does competition between plasmids affect the evolution of antibiotic resistance?
  • What maintains bacterial strain structure in the face of recombination?

Your profile

  • A PhD in a relevant topic, such as evolutionary theory, computational biology, or infectious disease dynamics, by the start date.
  • Expertise in mathematical modelling and/or genomics.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.

We offer

  • An exciting opportunity to shape your research working at a top research university in a great city.
  • A supportive and stimulating working environment with a strong culture of mentorship and collaboration.
  • Access to top-notch resources and opportunities for independent funding and fellowships.
  • Excellent support for further learning and professional development.
  • Plenty of opportunities for collaboration, attending scientific conferences and building your scientific network.

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Curious? So are we.

We look forward to receiving your application with the following documents by 31.3.2023:

  • A cover letter (1-2 pages) outlining your background and experience, expertise, research interests and motivation for applying for the position.
  • A copy of your most relevant paper or preprint.
  • A CV including a list of publications and contact details of two referees.

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