The Evolution of Cells, Symbionts, and Organelles (ECSO) Lab in the Department of Biological Sciences at Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN) is seeking a motivated and creative bioinformatician to join our team as a Postdoctoral Researcher. The research project(s) will revolve around the topics of contemporary (photo)symbioses and/or the origin of mitochondria and eukaryotes. 

Additional responsibilities may include supervising a PhD or MSc student and developing in-house bioinformatic pipelines/workflows. This position is for up to 24 months pending satisfactory performance and funding. Employment for this position is expected to begin between January 2023 and May 2023 but there is some flexibility. Applications will be reviewed as received and the position will remain open until filled.

The ESCO Lab Offers

  • a welcoming, inclusive, and flexible environment for research and professional growth,
  • opportunities for professional development (e.g., conferences, workshops), and
  • the opportunity to develop and pursue their own research questions in conjunction with the general interests of the lab.

Purdue University offers:

  • excellent resources for evolutionary and cell biological research which include well-equipped core facilities for genomics, metabolomics, microscopy, and high-throughput computing,
  • a vibrant community of microbiologists and evolutionary biologists spread across several departments, and
  • competitive benefits, as well as 
  • a high quality of life and low cost of living in the Lafayette/West Lafayette area which is within an hour’s drive of Indianapolis and two hours of Chicago.

Interested candidates should upload a CV and a one-to-two-page motivation letter stating experience and skills, research interests, and future goals, as well as contact information for at least two references. Reference letters do not have to be submitted during the initial application and will be requested as needed. For further information about the position please contact

Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.


The ideal candidate should have:

  • a PhD in microbiology, molecular biology, genomics, bioinformatics, computational biology, or related fields,
  • previous experience in bioinformatic analyses (e.g., comparative genomics, phylogenetics, metagenomics), 
  • proficiency in Python and/or R, 
  • excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills, and
  • a keen interest in symbiosis and evolutionary/comparative cell biology.


Python and/or R programming.

Experience with bioinformatic analyses (phylogenetics, comparative genomics, metagenomics, etc.).

A keen interest in symbiosis and evolutionary and comparative cell biology.

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