Experimental evolution of physiology and metabolism

A position of postdoctoral researcher ("premier-e assistant-e") is available in Tadeusz Kawecki's research group at the Department of Ecology and Evolution, University of Lausanne, Switzerland (https://www.unil.ch/dee/kawecki-group). We are looking for a qualified researcher interested in experimental approaches to study short-term adaptive evolution, using Drosophila as a model system.

Expected start date between August and November 2023.
Contract length: initial contract for 1 year, renewable for 2 years; depending on project development and funding availability, one further 2-year renewal may be possible.
Starting gross salary: CHF 81,120 (approx. € 82,000 /US$ 89,000) per year

The researcher will join a project using experimental evolution to investigate the genetic, molecular and physiological mechanisms of evolutionary adaptation to a nutrient-poor diet in Drosophila. An angle on sexual selection and conflict might also be possible. The project will involve a combination of physiological and life history experiments on flies and their larvae with molecular, genetic and "omic" approaches.  The research will involve collaborations with the genomic, metabolomic and/or imaging platform of the University. In addition to this personal research (70%), the position also includes 25 % teaching activities (including master student supervision) and 5 % service for the research group and larger community (e.g., helping other group members, equipment maintenance, institutional tasks).

For more background on the project see https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2020.2684, https://doi.org/10.1093/evlett/qrad018, https://doi.org/10.1093/molbev/msab061, and http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2019.0226.

We are looking for candidates with a PhD, a strong interest in experimental evolutionary biology, solid understanding of statistics and experimental design, aptitude for laboratory research, and demonstrated scientific writing skills. Experience with molecular and/or physiological methods, and/or with experimental work with Drosophila or other insects would be a plus. Desired personal traits include scientific curiosity and honesty, independence and reliability in planning and carrying out experiments, good interpersonal skills and teamwork ability, good communication skills, and respect of colleagues. No-preexisting knowledge of French is required (research-related discussions, seminars etc. and a part of teaching are in English) but learning basic French would make living in Lausanne more enjoyable.

With 18 research groups and nearly 100 postdocs and PhD students from over 30 nationalities, the Department of Ecology and Evolution is a diverse and dynamic academic environment. It shares the campus and multiple collaborations with several other departments, including Computational Biology, Fundamental Microbiology and Integrative Genomics, and there are many inter-departmental interactions and activities. Lausanne is a medium-sized city on the shores of Lake Geneva, surrounded by a wine growing region recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and within one hour of the Alps. It offers a great variety of cultural, recreational and outdoor opportunities.

For further information please contact Tadeusz Kawecki <tadeusz.kawecki@unil.ch> or Fanny Cavigliasso <fanny.cavigliasso@unil.ch>

Applications must be submitted online through the University of Lausanne recruitment platform: https://bit.ly/3pxVaPU
you may have to change language to English in the upper right corner of the application website).

Application should contain

- a cover letter detailing your research interests and motivation for applying for this position;
- your CV;
- a summary of your past research (1-2 pages, could focus on what you consider your most exciting contributions);
- the names and email addresses of two or three referees.
your PhD diploma or a certificate of completing requirements for your PhD (if you have not yet completed your PhD please indicate the expected date).

To receive full consideration apply before 4 June 2023.