PhD Position in Archaeal Evolution, University of Paris-Saclay, France

Postdoc in France

PhD Position in Archaeal Evolution: We are seeking a highly motivated PhD candidate to join our team for a project focused on the evolution of archaea. The successful candidate will be involved in cutting-edge research aimed at resolving phylogenetic positions and studying gene content evolution in major archaeal groups.

Designation: PhD Student

Research Area: Microbial Diversity, Ecology, and Evolution

Location: GIF SUR YVETTE, University of Paris-Saclay Campus, approximately 30 km south of Paris, France


  • Familiarity with archaeal diversity and evolution
  • Experience in bioinformatics, particularly in molecular phylogeny and comparative genomics
  • Proficiency in coding (e.g., Python, Perl, R)
  • Fluency in English (written and spoken)
  • Strong presentation and communication skills
  • Autonomy, organizational skills, and critical thinking

Job Description: Archaea represent one of the two primary domains of life, having diverged from bacteria. This project aims to:

  • Resolve the phylogenetic positions of unstable archaeal lineages
  • Study the evolution of gene content in major archaeal groups
  • Identify gene transfer events that contributed to the adaptation of archaeal lineages to their respective environments

The PhD candidate will analyze publicly available and team-generated genomes and metagenome-assembled genomes (MAGs) using various bioinformatics tools. The project involves no major risks, as it primarily consists of computational analyses conducted under standard safety protocols.

How to Apply: Ensure your candidate profile is fully updated before applying. Submit your application via the specified platform [Insert application platform/link here]. For more information, visit our team page at

Last Date to Apply: Sunday, August 4, 2024, 23:59 Paris time

Additional Information:

  • Contract Type: Fixed-term (36 months) Doctoral Contract
  • Start Date: October 1, 2024
  • Full-time position
  • Monthly remuneration: Minimum of €2135.00
  • Funded by the ERC Advanced Grant SYMBEK
  • Research conducted at the DEEM team, located in the University of Paris-Saclay’s new campus, connected to Paris by suburban train

Apply now and join us in uncovering the evolutionary mysteries of archaea!



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