Tailored opportunities: PhD position in statistical genomics, computational biology, animal genetics or animal breeding at ETH Zurich, Switzerland


We are looking for an enthusiastic and highly-motivated candidate to work on the compilation of a haplotype reference panel for a Swiss cattle breed. The candidate will analyse and combine short- and long-read sequencing data from hundreds of cattle to create a library of haplotypes that segregate in the population. Genome graph-based approaches will be developed and applied in order to improve the genotyping of sequence variants beyond SNPs and Indels. The availability of long-read sequencing data also offers the opportunity to contribute to ongoing endeavors with regard to the de novo assembly of breed-specific reference genomes. This is a fixed term position for 4 years with an anticipated start date of January 1st, 2020 (negotiable). The position is based at ETH Zurich, Switzerland. The successful candidate will join the Animal Genomics group led by Hubert Pausch.


The successful candidate should have a strong research interest in statistical genomics, computational biology, animal genetics or animal breeding. Experience with a programming language (e.g., python, R) is required and basic working knowledge with high-performance computing clusters is desired. Applicants should hold a MSc degree in genetics, genomics, computational biology, bioinformatics, agricultural sciences, animal sciences or disciplines related to the PhD position. Affinity to computational genomics, bioinformatics and statistics is required. The writing of scientific papers and participation in international conferences requires good knowledge of English.



Make online application here with the following documents:

  • Cover/motivation letter that demonstrates your suitability for the offered position and addresses the research questions you would like to develop within the project at ETH
  • Curriculum vitae with complete academic record, copies of Bachelor and Master degrees
  • name and contact information of two references. Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

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