PhD in Computational Evolutionary Genomics, Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, Switzerland

We are looking for a highly motivated and innovative PhD student to explore the repertoire and the evolution of non-protein coding RNAs (ncRNAs) using computational genomics. The eukaryotic transcriptome appears now far more complex and extensive than previously anticipated, with the majority of RNA transcripts originating from outside of protein-coding genes. However, despite the increasing interest in such transcripts, their number and functions, if any, remain to be discovered. The exploration of this vast and yet largely unknown part of the molecular repertoire will affect many aspects of our current understanding of cellular machinery, and consequently, our ability to alter cellular processes rationally.

The ideal candidate should have a strong background in bioinformatics, molecular biology, or computer science with practical programming skills in Unix environment and a good understanding of molecular biology and genetics. A Diploma or MSc degree, and fluency in English are required.

Scholarship Deadline: 15 March 2012.

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