PhD position in bioinformatics and molecular phylogenetics, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

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This project aims at better understanding how large multigene data matrices can be efficiently used to build robust and accurate phylogenetic trees.

Several aspects will be considered including;

(i) the effect of supermatrices with low data density on heuristic search algorithms and the development of specific algorithms to deal with such supermatrices, and

(ii) the effect of model parameters on the accuracy and robustness of trees based on multigene data matrices. A candidate with a strong interest in theoretical aspects of phylogenetic reconstructions and bioinformatics, as well as a good background in evolutionary biology is being sought.

Candidates must have completed their Master's degree or equivalent in a relevant field.

Salary will be based on standards of the Swiss National Science Foundation, which is financing the project.

The department offers a supportive and stimulating environment, with access to excellent computer facilities (links to the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics) and molecular labs.

The position can start as early as June, but, later starting dates can be negotiated.

To apply, please send, preferably by email: a letter describing your research motivation and experience, a CV, and contact details of two referees.

Further information and address for application:

Nicolas Salamin
University of Lausanne
Department of Ecology and Evolution
1015 Lausanne, Switzerland
Tel: +41 21 692 4279

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