Two ERC-funded PhD Positions in the area of functional genomics and evolution of antibiotic resistance (starting in Winter 2020/2021)

The Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) is a world-leading institute in global health with a particular focus on low- and middle-income countries. Associated with the University of Basel, Swiss TPH combines research, services, and education and training at the local, national and interna-tional level. About 850 people from more than 80 nations work at Swiss TPH focusing on infectious and non-communicable diseases, environment, society and health as well as health systems and interventions.

Two ERC-funded PhD positions are now open in the field of Medical Parasitology and Infection Biology at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute Basel (, affiliated with the University of Basel).

Your position

The successful applicants will work in a multidisciplinary research environment focusing on experimental evolution, bacterial genomics, and genomic epidemiology. The goal of this project is to understand the within-host evolution of multidrug-resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis . The project will make use of bacterial strains generated in the laboratory as well as clinical M. tuberculosis isolates from countries with a high burden of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis. Because M. tuberculosis is a Class 3 pathogen, the successful candidates will spend a significant amount of time working under Biosafety-Level-3 Laboratory containment.

The project is funded through a European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant recently awarded to Prof. Sébastien Gagneux. Salary will be according to the regulations of the Swiss National Science Foundation.

Your profile

Candidates should have a Master's degree (or equivalent) in life sciences preferentially involving practical work using laboratory techniques in (molecular) microbiology and/or cell biology. Experience in ecology/evolution and handling of next-generation sequencing data is a plus.

Application / Contact

If you are interested, please submit your application including:

  • CV
  • Motivational letter
  • Diploma
  • Names and contact information (email or phone) of 3 references

Please note that we can only accept applications via our online recruiting tool: . Applications via e-mail or external recruiter will not be considered.

For further information about the position, please contact Prof. Sébastien Gagneux (email: sebastien.gagneux@swisstph ), Head of Tuberculosis Research.

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