Postdoc : Ant population genomics, social supergene evolution at the university of Lausanne

A Postdoctoral position is available in the group of Prof. Michel Chapuisat at the Department of Ecology and Evolution, University of Lausanne, Switzerland. The group studies social evolution. We are currently investigating the origin, evolution, and mechanisms of action of a supergene controlling social organization across Formica ants (see Recent research showed that some species have three supergene haplotypes. F. selysi and F. cinerea commonly hybridize, raising the possibility of supergene introgression. The postdoctoral researcher will generate and analyse population genomics data to uncover key processes governing supergene evolution, including selection, genetic load, drive and introgression. This project will shed light on how supergenes arise, spread and shape complex alternative phenotypes.

Your responsibilities:
You will study the evolution of a social supergene. This will involve field sampling of multiple ant species, population analyses (e.g. sex-ratio, male production), sequencing, population genomic, comparative genomic, and phylogenomic analyses. Depending on your personal interests and skills, projects on genome evolution, molecular evolution, behavioural genetics and ecological genomics are also possible.

Your qualifications:
We are seeking to recruit an early carrier post-doctoral researcher with a PhD degree in evolutionary biology, genetics, genomics, bioinformatics or related fields. The ideal candidate should have skills and experience in one or more of the following fields: population biology, population genetics, comparative genomics, phylogenetics, ecological genomics, molecular evolution. The candidate should have a convincing publication track-record, excellent inter-personal skills and a strong ability to work in a team.

Job information:
Expected start date in position: 01.08.2022 (or at earliest convenience)
Contract length: 1 year, renewable for up to 5 years depending on funding available
Activity rate: 100%
Workplace: Lausanne – Dorigny

What the position offers you:
We offer a nice working place in a multicultural, diverse and dynamic academic environment, with opportunities for professional training. The Department of Ecology and Evolution in Lausanne University hosts research groups working on a broad range of topics, producing a rich intellectual and social life. The working language in the group and in the Department is English for all scientific matters. Good command of English is needed, some knowledge of French would be a plus, but is not mandatory. The University of Lausanne offers state-of-the-art facilities, including excellent computer facilities and molecular labs.

Contact for further information:
Prof. Michel Chapuisat:

Your application:
Deadline: 01.06.2022.
Incoming applications will continue to be considered until the position is filled.
To apply, please upload a single pdf document containing: a cover letter with a short description of your research interests, research experience, and why you are interested in joining our group; Your CV; The contact details of 2-3 referees; A copy of your PhD degree. Ideally, you should have received your PhD within the last 2 years or be about to obtain it in the next four months.

To receive full consideration, application documents should be uploaded online through the University of Lausanne recruitment platform.
Please apply through this webpage:

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