Job: Comparative genomics of Primulaceae

We assemble reference genomes de novo and perform comparative genomic analyses to investigate the origin, evolution, and loss of the heterostyly supergene (S-­locus) in Primulaceae (and related questions). The successful candidate will possess the following skills: ability to frame questions clearly, test hypotheses, set goals; write, submit, and publish scientific manuscripts; knowledge of genome-­assembly methods, comparative genomics, bioinformatics, phylogenomics and population genomics; ability to work both collaboratively and independently; knowledge of plant breeding systems desirable.

STARTING DATE: May 1 or June 1, 2020 (some flexibility possible). The position is available for 2 (to 3) years; opportunities to seek additional funding are available. The selected candidate will also have the opportunity to gain valuable teaching experience.


• Send SINGLE PDF FILE titled Primulapostdoc2020_familyname to:

• The application consists of: 1) cv; 2) publication record; 3) Copy of Ph.D. diploma and courses taken, with grades; 4) letter of motivation explaining your interest in & qualifications for the topic (2 pages max.); 5) names, affiliations, email addresses and phone numbers of 3 referees.

• Applications review will start February 1, 2020, and continue until suitable candidates are identified.

The Department of Systematic and Evolutionary Botany and the University of Zurich provide state-­of-­ the-­art infrastructure, excellent scientific milieu, and an international, English-­speaking work environment. With a world-­class airport located in the center of Europe, Zurich offers unmatched opportunities for easy travel to conferences and workshops anywhere in the world. Proximity to the Alps offers easy access to multiple outdoor activities and the species-­rich Alpine flora.

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