open positions

Open positions for PhD students
Starting date:
October 2021 or later

We currently have two 3-year PhD positions available in the context of two research projects focusing on natural genetic variation in the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans. For more information on our lab, research interests and host institute, see and

Project 1: Evolution of a neural circuit controlling reproductive plasticity

Project 2: Genetics and evolution of stress-induced RNA phase separation

To apply, send a CV, a letter of motivation, and the contact information for two referees as a single PDF file to Christian Braendle ( Informal inquiries are welcome.

Recent publications:
Vigne et al. 2021 A single-nucleotide change underlies the genetic assimilation of a plastic trait.
Science Advances 7: eabd9941.

Billard B, Vigne P & Braendle C 2020 A natural mutational event uncovers a life history trade-off via hormonal pleiotropy.
Current Biology 30: 4142–4154.

Gimond et al C 2019 Natural variation and genetic determinants of
Caenorhabditis elegans sperm size. Genetics 213: 615-632.