The University of Neuchâtel?
The University of Neuchâtel is one of the smaller Swiss universities and is offering a wonderful range of teaching and research. Neuchâtel was recently ranked as the 11th best small university in the world. The Biology Institute has a broad and strong foundation spanning from molecular biology and microbiology to parasitology, animal behaviour and ecology.
Daniel will start his position as Assistant Professor of Evolutionary Genetics in January 2017. During the first two years, our group will be split between the ETH Zurich and the University of Neuchâtel, as we move our genomics and experimental work to Neuchâtel.
What will you be working on?
Daniel will be leading the evolutionary genetics lab and the group will continue to work on plant pathogens. As before, our main model will be the wheat pathogen Zymoseptoria tritici. We will try to answer some key questions about the mechanisms of rapid evolution in pathogens, the evolution of complexity in the genome and the population genomics of host adaptation. Our projects will span a multitude of approaches from field work and greenhouse experiments, to genome assembly and population genomics, and to association mapping and transcriptomics.
We will also be involved in a number of other topics in evolutionary genetics and genomics including the emergence of the wheat blast disease, virulence in human pathogens, soil microbiomes and conservation genomics.
What will you be teaching?
I will be teaching both at the BSc- and MSc-level in Neuchâtel. The courses include among others evolutionary ecology and evolutionary genetics. The University of Neuchâtel offers already a wonderfully broad education in modern biology. I am happy to be able to make a contribution.
Will there be open positions?
Yes! There will be PhD positions starting in 2017 on the evolutionary genetics and genomics of plant pathogens. There will be formal announcements soon, but feel free to get in touch with informal inquiries.