A post-doc position in Prof. Christian Fankhauser lab to study light-regulated metabolism / resource reallocation when plants need to grow out of the shade; UNIL is a leading international teaching and research institution, with over 5,000 employees and 17,000 students split between its Dorigny campus, CHUV and Epalinges. As an employer, UNIL encourages excellence, individual recognition and responsibility.

Presentation: The Center for Integrative Genomics of the University of Lausanne invites applications for a postdoctoral position in the group of Christian Fankhauser to work in the area of plant responses to their environment.

This position is for a project funded by the Velux foundation aimed at understanding how changes in the light environment regulate resource reallocation from the leaves towards growing stems.

Job information: Expected start date in position: 01.09.2023 or to be discussed, Contract length: 1 year, renewable depending on funding availability, Activity rate: 100% (a minimum of 85% of the activity rate for research, a maximum of 15% of the activity rate for institutional and teaching tasks) Workplace: University of Lausanne – Dorigny Campus

Your responsibilities

The candidate will use a combination of molecular genetics, plant photobiology, cell biology, and biochemical approaches to understand how changes in the light environment regulate resource reallocation from the leaves towards growing stems. Relevant publications on this topic from the Fankhauser group include de Wit et al., 2018 in PNAS and Ince et al., 2022 in Nat Comm.

The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to gain teaching and mentoring experience through contributions to undergraduate and graduate teaching programs and the supervision of student projects. The University of Lausanne offers a world-class international research environment with state-of-the-art facilities.

Your qualifications

Dynamic, enthusiastic and dedicated scientist with a PhD degree in biology or a related discipline. Critical thinker with good reasoning and logic skills. Team player eager to participate in scientific discussions. Experience in plant metabolism is a particularly valuable asset for this position.

The following skills are additional assets: A background in plant molecular genetics, experience in plant biochemistry or cell biology, computational skills (e.g. statistical computing using R), written English proficiency and a good publication record.

What the position offers you

We offer a nice working place in a multicultural, diversified and dynamic academic environment, opportunities for professional training.

Contact for further information: For further information please contact Prof. Christian Fankhauser (Christian.Fankhauser@unil.ch)

Your application

Please, send your full application as a single PDF by April 15th, 2023. The complete application should contain:

  • Short motivation letter (max. one page)
  • Curriculum vitae including lists of publications, conferences, and awards, and a description of experimental and computational skills.
  • The names and contact details of 2-3 referees Applications should be made exclusively online. We thank you for your understanding.


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