Phd Position On Microbial Genome Evolution (1.0 Fte)

Utrecht University
March 23, 2023
Offerd Salary:€ 2.541
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PhD position on microbial genome evolution (1.0 FTE)

Job description

In the last two decades, astounding improvements in sequencing and computational capabilities have generated heaps of bacterial and archaeal genome data, leading to new insights into the biosphere's functioning and diversity. Using this information, we can aim to unlock biological principles hidden within genome sequences. An exciting avenue of research is to enquire how genomes evolve. Common patterns govern genome architecture across the tree of life, but unexplained cases exist (e.g. Tamarit et al. Genome Biol Evol 2015), and large-scale genomic analyses reveal major trends that remain to be understood. Once again, harnessing the power of big data will impact our current understanding of genome evolution, generating new observations and allowing us to test new hypotheses.


We are looking for an enthusiastic new colleague with a positive, team- oriented mindset. We would also like you to have:

  • A completed, or almost completed, Master's degree in biology, bioinformatics, or related discipline.
  • A strong interest in evolution, genome biology, microbiology and/or bioinformatics.
  • A good command of English, both oral and written.
  • We consider it an advantage if you bring either of the following:

  • Experience in command-line or programming (e.g. bash, R, python, perl).
  • Experience with sequence analysis (e.g. similarity search, alignment), comparative genomics (e.g. gene annotation, homology detection) or evolutionary analyses (phylogenetics, dN/dS).
  • Demonstrable organisation and communication skills.
  • Please note: it has been shown that women and applicants from ethnic minority backgrounds tend to underapply for positions if they don't feel they meet all the listed criteria. If this is how you feel, please be encouraged to apply anyway, and don't hesitate to reach out if anything is unclear.


  • Embedding within a great team of world-class scientists, where English is the main working language.
  • Academic training within the Graduate School of Life Sciences.
  • A supportive environment with a commitment to academic development and maintaining a healthy work-life balance.
  • A full-time PhD position for 4 years.
  • A full-time gross salary ranging from € 2.541 to €3.241 in scale P.
  • 8% holiday bonus and 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
  • A pension scheme, partially paid parental leave, and flexible employment conditions based on the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities.
  • In addition to the employment conditions from the CAO for Dutch Universities, Utrecht University has a number of its own arrangements. These include agreements on professional development, leave arrangements and sports. We also give you the opportunity to expand your terms of employment through the Employment Conditions Selection Model. This is how we encourage you to grow.

    About the organization

    A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University, the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major strategic themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability.

    Additional information

    If you have any questions that you'd like us to answer, please contact Daniel Tamarit (Assistant Professor), via [email protected]

    Everyone deserves to feel at home at our university. We aim to embed good equality and diversity practices in all our activities so that we can provide an inclusive, welcoming and inspiring place to work and study regardless of age, disability, trans identity or history, marital status, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion, gender or sexual orientation.

  • a letter of motivation (1-2 pages);
  • curriculum vitae;
  • the names, telephone numbers, and email addresses of at least two references;
  • a copy of your MSc certificate, or a letter from your university stating when your MSc studies will be completed (if this is not possible, we would appreciate a self-written letter specifying when your MSc studies will be completed) .
  • If this specific opportunity isn't for you, but you know someone else who may be interested, please forward this vacancy to them.Some connections are fundamental – Be one of them

    The application deadline is 23/03/2023

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