Laboratory of Artificial
& Natural Evolution

JOB OFFERS

 
 
Positions currently opened at the LANE    

  1. Post-doc position

  2. None for the moment
    Keep tuned.

  3. PhD positions

  4. In the context of a multidisciplinary study combining cell biology, evolutionary developmental biology and physics, we offer one PhD student position for an outstanding, highly motivated, and creative experimental wet-lab biologist with strong skills in developmental biology or cell biology.

  5. A major research project in Michel Milinkovitch’s group (Laboratory of Artificial & Natural Evolution; www.lanevol.org) at the University of Geneva (UNIGE) is to better understand the molecular developmental mechanisms generating a diversity of skin colours and patterns in reptiles.  One aim is to understand the development & evolution of surface gratings and intracellular nano-structures generating colours through the physical phenomenon of light interference. The successful candidates will use state-of-the-art microscopy and biochemical/genetic manipulations in both the zebrafish and chameleons to understand the development and evolution of surface gratings and intracellular photonic crystals.

  6. Candidates must have a Master in biology or biochemistry. Skills and experience with developmental biology and/or cell biology are mandatory. The successful candidate will have a genuine interest for organismal biology and will appreciate interactions with developmental biologists, evolutionary biologists, physicists and computer scientists. The PhD student will be localised in Milinkovitch lab (http://www.lanevol.org) and will have very regular interactions/collaborations with members of Marcos Gonzalez-Gaitan lab (https://cms.unige.ch/sciences/biochimie/-Marcos-Gonzalez-Gaitan-Lab-.html).

  7. The University of Geneva is world-renowned for its research in Biology and Physics  and is among the top 1% best universities in the world.

  8. PhD students are remunerated according to the standards of UNIGE, which are very generous when compared to other international programs.

  9. Geneva is an international city occupying a privileged geographical situation with its beautiful lake and the close-by Alps.

  10. Candidates must send their application — in the form of a single PDF file including a brief letter of interest, a CV, as well as contact information (not support letters) of two persons of reference — to: Prof. Michel Milinkovitch (michel.Milinkovitch@unige.ch).

  11. Refs: Saenko et al. Precise colocalization of interacting structural and pigmentary elements generates extensive color pattern variation in Phelsuma lizards. BMC Biology 2013, 11: 105; Teyssier et al. Photonic Crystals Cause Active Colour Change in Chameleons. Nature Communications 6: 6368 (2015); Tzika et al. Reptilian Transcriptomes v2.0: An Extensive Resource for Sauropsida Genomics and Transcriptomics. Genome Biol. Evol.  7: 1827-1841 (2015); Ullate-Agote et al. The genome sequence of the corn snake (Pantherophis guttatus), a valuable resource for EvoDevo studies in squamates. Int. J. Dev. Biol. 58: 881-888 (2014); Saenko et al. Amelanism in the corn snake is associated with the insertion of an LTR-retrotransposon in the OCA2 gene. Scientific Reports 5, 17118 (2015); Di-Poï & Milinkovitch. The Anatomical Placode in Reptile Scale Morphogenesis Indicates Shared Ancestry  Among Skin Appendages in Amniotes. Science Advances 2, e1600708 (2016).

  12. I
    f you are a biologist, a computer scientist, a physicist, or a mathematician master student and you want to make a PhD in bioinformatics in Milinkovitch’s lab (or any other lab associated to the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics), you can apply to the SIB fellowship program. Rules and timing for applications are available here: SIB FELLOWSHIP.
  13. Check also
    The International PhD program in Basic & Applied Molecular Life Sciences and the site of the Confederation for Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Scholars.


  1. Master student positions available for laboratory-oriented Biologists

  2. Mapping mutations affecting skin colour traits in the corn snake
    In the context of highly multidisciplinary studies investigating the development of skin colour patterns in the corn snake, we are seeking creative and highly motivated students with strong interest in molecular developmental biology to assist in mapping corn snake colour and colour pattern traits. The successful candidates will interact with a multidisciplinary team of physicists, computer scientists and biologists and will be trained in state-of-the-art imaging techniques and molecular developmental approaches.

  3. CONTACT Dr. Athanasia C. Tzika (athanasia [dot] tzika [at] unige.ch) for details.

  4. Identification de mutations affectant des traits de coloration de la peau chez les serpents
    Dans le contexte d’une étude hautement multidisciplinaire sur le développement des patrons de coloration de la peau chez les serpents, nous recherchons des étudiants motivés et créatifs, avec un solide intérêt en biologie moléculaire du développement pour participer à l’identification de mutations générant des variation de coloration et de patrons de coloration chez les serpents. Les candidats sélectionnés interagiront avec une équipe multidisciplinaire de physiciens, informaticiens et biologistes, et seront formés aux techniques d’imagerie de pointe et aux approches de biologie moléculaire du développement.

  5. CONTACT Dr. Athanasia C. Tzika (athanasia [dot] tzika [at] unige.ch) pour plus de détails.

  6. Click HERE for informations on Excellence Master Fellowships.
    Cliquez ICI pour des informations concernant les bourses Master d’excellence.


  1. Master student positions available for Bioinformaticians

  2. Project 1: Assembly & annotation of the corn snake genome v3
    In the context of highly multidisciplinary studies investigating the development of skin colour patterns in the corn snake, we are seeking creative and highly motivated students with strong interest and skills in bioinformatics (basic programming skills are necessary) to assist in the assembly and annotation of the version 3 of the corn snake genome; version 2 is the best assembled snake genome to date. The successful candidates will interact with a multidisciplinary team of physicists, computer scientists and biologists (the latter using state-of-the-art imaging techniques and molecular developmental approaches).

  3. CONTACT Dr. Athanasia C. Tzika (athanasia [dot] tzika [at] unige.ch) for details (see also reptilomics.org).

  4. Projet 1: Assemblage et annotation du génome (v3) du serpent des blés
    Dans le contexte d’une étude hautement multidisciplinaire sur le développement des patrons de coloration de la peau chez les serpents, nous recherchons des étudiants motivés et créatifs, avec un solide intérêt et des compétences en bioinformatique (des bases de programmation sont pré-requises) pour participer à l’assemblage et l’annotation de la version 3 du génome du serpent des blés. Les candidats sélectionnés interagiront avec une équipe multidisciplinaire de physiciens, informaticiens et biologistes.

  5. CONTACT Dr. Athanasia C. Tzika (athanasia [dot] tzika [at] unige.ch) pour plus de détails (voir aussi reptilomics.org).

  6. Project 2: Comparative proteomics in reptiles
    In the context of highly multidisciplinary studies investigating the development of skin colour patterns in the corn snake, we are seeking creative and highly motivated students with strong interest and skills in bioinformatics (basic programming skills are necessary) to work on the analysis of existing comparative proteomics data. The successful candidates will interact with a multidisciplinary team of physicists, computer scientists and biologists (the latter using state-of-the-art imaging techniques and molecular developmental approaches).

  7. CONTACT Dr. Athanasia C. Tzika (athanasia [dot] tzika [at] unige.ch) for details (see also reptilomics.org).

  8. Projet 2: Protéomique comparative chez les reptiles
    Dans le contexte d’une étude hautement multidisciplinaire sur le développement des patrons de coloration de la peau chez les serpents, nous recherchons des étudiants motivés et créatifs, avec un solide intérêt et des compétences en bioinformatique (des bases de programmation sont pré-requises) pour participer à l’analyse de données protéomiques. Les candidats sélectionnés interagiront avec une équipe multidisciplinaire de physiciens, informaticiens et biologistes.

  9. CONTACT Dr. Athanasia C. Tzika (athanasia [dot] tzika [at] unige.ch) pour plus de détails (voir aussi reptilomics.org).


  1. Master student positions available for Computer Scientists, Engineers, and Physicists

  2. Projects 1-2: Modelling variation & complexity of animal forms
    In the context of highly multidisciplinary studies investigating the development of skin appendages (project 1) and skin colour patterns (project 2) in vertebrates, we are seeking creative and highly motivated students with strong interests and skills in mathematical modelling and numerical simulations of physical processes (reaction-diffusion, mechanics, …). The successful candidates will interact with a  multidisciplinary team of physicists, computer scientists and biologists (the latter using state-of-the-art imaging techniques and molecular developmental approaches).

  3. Projets 1-2: Modéliser la variation & la complexité morphologique animale
    Dans le contexte d’une étude hautement multidisciplinaire sur le développement des appendices cutanés (projet 1) et des patrons de coloration de la peau (projet 2) chez les vertébrés, nous recherchons des étudiants motivés et créatifs, avec un solide intérêt et des compétences en modélisation mathématique et simulations numériques de processus physiques (réaction diffusion, mécanique, …). Les candidats sélectionnés interagiront avec une équipe multidisciplinaire de physiciens, informaticiens et biologistes (ces derniers utilisant des techniques d’imagerie de pointe et des approches de biologie moléculaire du développement).

  4. CONTACT Prof. Michel C. Milinkovitch (michel [dot] milinkovitch [at] unige.ch) for details.

  5. Project 3: Spectroscopic characterisation and modelling of colours generated by nanostructures in vertebrates
    In the context of highly multidisciplinary studies investigating the development of structural colours in vertebrates, we are seeking creative and highly motivated students with strong interests and skills in condense matter physics and numerical simulations of photonic effects. The successful candidates will interact with a  multidisciplinary team of physicists, computer scientists and biologists (the latter using state-of-the-art imaging techniques and molecular developmental approaches).

  6. Projet 3: Spectroscopie et modélisation des couleurs générées par des nanostructures chez les vertébrés
    Dans le contexte d’une étude hautement multidisciplinaire sur le développement des couleurs structurales chez les vertébrés, nous recherchons des étudiants motivés et créatifs, avec un solide intérêt et des compétences en physique de la matière condensée et simulations numériques de processus photoniques. Les candidats sélectionnés interagiront avec une équipe multidisciplinaire de physiciens, informaticiens et biologistes (ces derniers utilisant des techniques d’imagerie de pointe et des approches de biologie moléculaire du développement).

  7. CONTACT Prof. Michel C. Milinkovitch (michel [dot] milinkovitch [at] unige.ch) for details.


  1. Places d’apprentis pour les étudiants des écoles suisses (laborantins et gardiens d’animaux)
    Des places d’apprentis sont disponibles chaque année pour les étudiant(e)s laborantin(e)s et gardiens d’animaux.

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