As part of a maternity leave replacement, a 4-month postdoc position in evolutionary genomics is available at the Weber Lab, Department of Aquatic Ecology, Eawag, Switzerland.
The Weber Lab focuses on adaptation and conservation genomics of freshwater invertebrates (https://www.eawag.ch/en/department/eco/main-focus/adaptation-conservation-genomics/).
Genomic and epigenomic data are available for analysis in two different projects:
1) Epigenomics of pollution in natural populations
Whole-epigenome (MethylSeq) sequencing data of populations from polluted and unpolluted localities are available for two widespread invasive species: the Asian clam (Corbicula fluminea) and the Zebra mussel (Deissena polymorpha). The aim of this project is to compare the methylomes of populations from different habitats and different species from the same habitat to uncover epigenetic signatures of adaptation to pollution.
2) Sex determination in invasive mussels
Whole-genome sequencing data of males and females are available for two emblematic invasive species of freshwater mussels: the Zebra mussel (Dreissena polymorpha) and the Quagga mussel (Dreissena rostriformis). The aim of this project is to uncover if there is a genetic sex determination system in these species and to describe it (chromosome; extent of differentiation; sex locus candidate).
The postdoc can work on either project, depending on interests and experience.
We are looking for an independent, motivated, recently graduated postdoc (ideally less than 3 years) with a PhD in evolutionary biology, genomics, bioinformatics or related field. Experience with the UNIX environment and scripting (R and/or python) is essential. Good communication skills (written and spoken English) are expected. Knowledge of German is not required. The Weber Lab promotes diversity, equity and inclusion. Hence, we particularly welcome applications from underrepresented groups in science. Specifically, the Weber Lab is dedicated to promoting the role of women in science, and, therefore, explicitly invites women to apply.
This is a fixed-term employment from the 1st of August until 30th of November 2022.