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IGFL position offers

Postdoctoral position at the Institute of Functional Genomics, Lyon, France:

Hydrophobic bristles and the ability to walk on water.

We invite applications for a two-year postdoctoral position in the group of Abderrahman Khila at the IGFL-ENS de Lyon, France. Our lab provides a vibrant international environment and collaborative research community of experimental and computational groups interested in Development, Physiology, and Evolutionary Biology. The postdoctoral project is part of a broader ERC-funded grant, and aims to understand the developmental, genetic, and adaptive basis of the hydrophobic bristles —a key trait associated with the ability of water striders to maintain their body weight on the water surface by exploiting surface tension. The position involves experimental evo-devo work as well as a bioinformatics component. The main responsibility will be to generate RNAseq data of the legs of three species (we have the genomes of two and the full transcriptome of the third one) to conduct a comparative transcriptomics analysis. This involves handling deep sequencing datasets and the identification of differentially expressed transcripts. This part will be followed by gene expression and functional analyses of a set of candidates emerging from the transcriptomics approach as in the following examples: Khila et al. 2012; Refki et al. 2014; Santos et al. 2015; Armisen et al. in press. The successful candidate will benefit from existing technical support within the lab.

The successful candidate should have a PhD and experience within the fields of evolutionary genetics/genomics or evolutionary biology and some knowledge in the use of large genetic datasets to address important questions in evolutionary developmental biology. Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English as well as the ability to work as part of a team are required. Any additional experience such as statistics or population genetics is a plus.

The position is available immediately and the net salary will be within a min-max bracket of 2037€ and 2836€ per month based on the number of years of experience. Applicants should send a pdf file with CV, contact details of three references, and a letter of motivation detailing past experience and why the application is consistent with this project. Please send your application or enquiry to Abderrahman Khila ( by September 15, 2015.