Postdoc position in Evolutionary and Comparative Genomics

Job description
A two year postdoctoral position is available in the Van de Peer lab in the Department of Plant Systems Biology (VIB), Bioinformatics Institute Ghent N2N (BIG N2N), Ghent University, starting August 1st 2016.
Our research group is considered a center of excellence in gene prediction and genome annotation, and comparative and evolutionary genomics. We are currently looking for someone to strengthen our genome annotation and genome analysis team, in particular someone to work on the comparative analysis of mites, of which many are important pests for plants. Amongst other things, we want to unravel the genetic/genomic cause for specific adaptations linked to lifestyle and herbivory. You will also be involved in the study of gene and genome duplications, another major interest of the research group.
Required Qualifications
The ideal candidate holds a PhD degree in a relevant field (or equivalent through experience), is highly interested, ambitious, curiosity-driven and likes interdisciplinary work. He/she will need to interact productively with evolutionary biologists, genome biologists and computer scientists. Further requirements include a strong bioinformatics background and deep interest in evolutionary and comparative biology. Programming/scripting experience (e.g., Perl, Python, R, …) and experience working in a Linux environment are essential. The project will make extensive use of RNA-seq and genomic data sets (using data from Illumina and PacBio platforms). Therefore, a background in genomic, transcriptomic and/or epigenetic research and experience in evolutionary and/or comparative genomics would be ideal. Since English is the working language of the laboratory and the institute, excellent English communication skills are imperative.
Working environment
The successful candidate will work in the Department of Plant Systems Biology (VIB) at Ghent University. VIB and BIG N2N ( offer a supportive and stimulating environment, with access to excellent computer and academic facilities. The Van de Peer lab is a computational group and consists of a mix of molecular and evolutionary biologists and computer scientists. More information on our research and research topics can be found at
To apply, please send a single document including a letter of motivation describing your research motivation and experience, a detailed CV with a list of publications, and contact details for at least two referees to

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