The research group Molecular Ecology focuses on the promising field of agri-genomics and investigates, among other things, and by means of microbial genomics/bioinformatics methods, the composition and utilization of microbiomes relevant to agriculture and food and their important representatives, e.g., in soil, plants, and fermented foods, in the fields of biological control, reduced use of plant protection products and soil quality.

Tasks

  • De novo genome assembly of NGS data from various technologies (Illumina, PacBio, Oxford Nanopore Technologies), genome annotation of microorganisms (bacteria, yeasts, fungi) as well as comparative genomics analyses to identify core, accessory, and strain-specific genes of the isolated strains compared to already known strains.

  • Data analysis of RNA-Seq and other OMICS data (differential gene expression analysis to identify relevant candidate genes), pathway and gene set enrichment analyses, plus integrative data analysis and data mining, e.g., to decipher potential mechanisms of action.

  • Presentation of results in publications and at conferences, generation of scientific reports.

  • Expansion/maintenance of existing analysis pipelines (genome assembly, transcriptome analyses, etc.).

  • Acquisition of third-party funds; supervision of students; deputy team leader.

Requirements/Profile  

  • Experienced Scientist (MSc degree) with PhD in Bioinformatics/Computational Biology and several years of experience as PostDoc who has relevant programming experience (Python, Linux scripting/bash, R, Java).

  • Demonstrated experience in the analysis and integration of functional genomics data (genome assembly, comparative genomics, RNA-Seq, other OMICS data, pathway analysis, deciphering potential mechanisms of action). Knowledge of metagenomics data analysis is desired.

  • Execution/management of collaborative research projects (supervision of students); acquisition of external funding.

  • Motivated, high-performing personality with strong teamwork and communication skills.

  • The position requires knowledge of two official Swiss languages and very good spoken and written English.

Information about Agroscope

Agroscope is the Swiss federal centre of excellence for research in the agriculture and food sector. Its researchers carry out their work at a number of sites in Switzerland. Headquartered in Bern-Liebefeld (as of 2025: Posieux, FR), Agroscope is attached to the Swiss Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research EAER.

We offer you a challenging job in an interesting working environment and collaboration in a dynamic team as well as attractive, modern employment conditions.

Place of work 8046 Zürich-Reckenholz
Pay grade 24
Level of employment 100 %

Start: 01.10.2022 or according to a specific arrangement. The duration of the contract is initially limited to three years with the option for transfer to a permanent position.

Contact

If you are interested in this position and fulfill the requirements, we look forward to receiving your online application including contact information of 2-3 referees on www.stelle.admin.ch, Ref. nr. 1931 until 28 August 2022. English is not an official Swiss Language, please select German, French, or Italian as correspondence language.
Additional information (before end of July) can be obtained from Christian Ahrens, Team leader Microbial Genomics & Bioinformatics (Tel: +41 58 460 6114) and group leader at SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics (https://www.sib.swiss/ahrens-christian/); E-mail: christian.ahrens@agroscope.admin.ch.

 

Application deadline:
Start date: TBD
Location: Agroscope, Zürich-Reckenholz, Switzerland