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  • From: Gergely J Szöllősi <sszolo AT>
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  • Date: Tue, 22 Aug 2017 12:09:58 +0200
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Second call for postdocs in evolutionary genomics and phylogenomics are
available to join the ERC 'GENECLOCKS' project
( headed by Gergely
Szollosi ( . Two positions are offered for 2 years
with the possibility of extension up until the 2022 end date of the
GENECLOCKS project. The position comes with a salary of up to EUR 43,200 per
year (approx. up to EUR 2,400-2,900 net per month after taxes), as well as a
travel and research funds.

We are looking for an individual who received his or her PhD preferably
within the last six years, who is highly self-motivated and can work
independently on a project that he or she will help develop in the context of

A central theme of GENECLOCKS is disclosing new sources of information for
dating the first three-quarters of Earth's evolutionary history that are
independent from both fossils and molecular clocks. Life's early history has
remained terra incognita until now, because the fossils needed to calibrate
standard evolutionary timescales are simply not available for microbial life.
Microbial fossils are scarce and difficult to interpret in a phylogenetic
context with confidence. In previous work we have shown that patterns of
lateral gene transfer inferred from modern genomes encode a record of
co-existing lineages throughout the history of life, and that we can use this
record to reconstruct the relative ages of microbial groups from the three
domains of life in deep time.

This discovery is a game changer for anyone interested in the history of
life, from either a geological or genomic perspective. It demonstrates the
existence of a new and abundant source of dating information that is
inscribed in the genome of any organism, provided a gene transfer occurred in
its ancestry. This constitutes the overwhelming majority of the diversity of

Postdocs will undertake projects together with international collaborators
with the goal of either i) developing new methods that systematically extract
information on the pattern and timing of genomic evolution by explaining
differences between gene trees, or ii) apply existing methods to resolve the
timing of microbial evolution and its relationship to Earth history and
answer long standing questions. Possible collaborations and associated
projects include:

Reconstructing a dated phylogeny of Bacteria in collaboration with Vincent
Daubin at the LBBE in Lyon.

Developing and implementing bayesian methods for the species tree aware
reconstruction of gene trees with Nicolas Lartillot at the LBBE in Lyon.

Reconstructing a dated phylogeny of Eukaryotes including their position
within Archaea in collaboration with Tom Williams at the University of

Developing and implementing new methods for species tree reconstruction in
the context of hierarchical gene tree-species tree methods with Jens
Lagergren at the Science for Life Laboratory in Stockholm.

Implementing and applying methods to include transfer derived relative age
constraints in molecular clock estimates with Bastien Boussau at the LBBE in

Developing novel gene tree-species tree reconciliation methods that model
correlated gene histories with Eric Tannier at LBBE in Lyon.

Research visits of up to several months are foreseen as part of potential

To be considered, please send a single merged PDF to
ssolo AT
that contains your CV including publication list, preferably with a link to
your google scholar profile, academic transcripts, a statement of research
interests (3 pages or less) as well as three academic references. Please
include 'GENECLOCKS17' in the subject of your email. Applications will be
considered until October 1st, 2017, or until the position is filled. The
position is available from the fall or winter of 2017.

The research group is lead by Dr. Gergely Szollosi ( ) and is hosted at
Eotvos Universities Institute of Physics in Budapest. The Institute of
Physics has been included in the Excellence Group of European Universities,
and has achieved top placement in the number of citations, the number of ERC
grants, the time available for PhD research and the gender balance of
master's students in the CHE Excellence Ranking. Budapest is a vibrant
capital city with exciting cultural life, a unique atmosphere and affordable
living costs (cf. ).

Please direct any enquiries to Dr. Gergely Szollosi
(ssolo AT,

  • [Fizinfo] Postdoc:Budapest.2.EvolutionaryGenomics, Gergely J Szöllősi, 08/22/2017

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