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New Postdoc position: Evolutionary interactions of the holobiont

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Institute of Vertebrate Biology of The Czech Academy of Sciences
Research Field
Biological sciences
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Recognised Researcher (R2)
Czech Republic
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Offer Description

Our group studying Evolutionary interactions of the holobiont is recruiting a postdoc in evolutionary virology. We work at the Institute of Vertebrate Biology, Research Facility Studenec, Czech Academy of Sciences.

The project: 
We are using the well-described species barrier of the European house mouse hybrid zone (HMHZ) as an optimal context to investigate the factors involved in viral emergence with a particular focus on recombination and reassortment. For this, we will perform an extensive genomic characterisation of house mouse viruses across the European HMHZ and in the sympatric rodent community using Metagenomic approaches. We will use a probe enrichment step before sequencing to enhance the sensitivity of the detection of low-titer viruses and to improve their genome assembly. This characterisation will be performed across our standard transect of the HMHZ, the Bohemia-Bavarian region, but also replicated in the Bulgarian part of the HMHZ where the mouse subspecies came into contact earlier and with different environmental conditions in terms of the sympatric rodent community structure. This will provide power to distinguish virus processes strongly depending on host intrinsic factors from those sensitive to environmental conditions.

The post-doc researcher will be responsible for generating and analyzing metagenomics data to characterize the virus community of the HMHZ and local rodent species. The highly prevalent and geographically widely distributed virus species will be further analysed to investigate regions of the viral genomes that recombine in the context of the host hybrid zone. The candidate will have the possibility to participate in field sampling in the Czech Republic, Germany and Bulgaria.


Research Field
Biological sciences » Zoology
Education Level
PhD or equivalent

- PhD in evolutionary biology, parasitology, virology or bioinformatics
- Evidence of research productivity, including first author publications though the existing work of the candidate will be judged on its quality and utility to the scientific community rather than gross number of publications. 
- Ability to work independently
- Good writing skills
- Coding skills (R, Python) and previous experience working with large genome-scale datasets
- Motivation to mentor undergraduate and graduate students

Research Field
Biological sciences » Zoology
Years of Research Experience
1 - 4

Additional Information


The post-doc will work in a small team ( at the Institute of Vertebrate Biology of The Czech Academy of Sciences, at Research Facility Studenec ( The postdoc academic advisors (Joelle Gouy de Bellocq and Stuart J.E. Baird) specialise in evolutionary parasitology, molecular biology and population genetics/genomics. The institute is situated in woods beside a lake in the Czech-Moravian highlands, half an hour from Brno, the second city of the Czech Republic, where there is the large campus of Masaryk University. The rolling hills and woods of the region are popular with cyclists. At the institute, work discussion is in international English. Due to the location of the facility, a personal car is useful, but not necessary (there is a train station 10 mins walk from the institute). 

Salary and duration:
The gross monthly salary will be 40,000 CZK + performance bonus. Starting date: the selected candidate can start as soon as 1st of March 2023 but interviews will be held until a suitable candidate is found. Subject to yearly review, the position is renewable and funding available till December 2024.

Selection process

Candidates should submit a short CV and letter of interest to Joelle Gouy de Bellocq (

Work Location(s)

Number of offers available
Ústav biologie obratlovců AV ČR, v. v. i.
Czech Republic
Česká republika
Postal Code
Studenec 122

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