PhD in Microbial Ecology and Modelling: Switzerland

Applications are invited for a graduate assistant (PhD student) position in the group of Prof. Antoine Guisan, ECOSPAT lab within Department of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Lausanne .

The project will be dedicated to spatial modelling of soil microbial communities as part of an ongoing research project in the Alps.

It comes with up to 5 years of funding with a start early March 2021 or to be negotiated.

Your qualifications

  • Master in Ecology, Biogeography, Microbial ecology, or equivalent, and have a fair basic knowledge of soil metabarcoding data, and how to use them for modelling
  • Basic to good skills in spatial modelling, computer, programming, GIS, statistics, numerical simulations, and in particular species distribution modelling
  • Willingness to conduct modelling research with a large existing set of soil microbial data sampled in the Western Swiss Alps of Vaud (
  • Good knowledge of microbial ecology and related DNA data is a clear advantage

Apply via the online portal. The application should include a motivation letter, CV with potential mention of existing and ongoing publications, and the names and contact details of 3 reference persons.

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