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The aim of this project is to develop bioinformatics methods to analyze plant virus metagenome data that has been sampled from wild plants in the Netherlands. This (and potentially your) project will contribute to understanding plant virus diversity and evolution in natural Dutch ecosystems. You will contribute to developing bioinformatics methods to discover and reconstruct virus genomes from high-throughput plant virus sequencing data and to analyze ecological and evolutionary properties of these viruses. To this end, we aim to analyze the effect of host range and mixed infections on intra-host diversity and estimate how recombination and selection impact virus genome evolution.

The research is embedded within the chair group of Bioinformatics at Wageningen University which is led by Prof. Dick de Ridder ( You will be supervised by Dr. Anne Kupczok ( The research will be carried out in close collaboration with Dr. Mark Zwart at the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW) ( The position is for four years and funded by the graduate school Experimental Plant Sciences (

This vacancy will be listed up to and including Monday 20 September 2021.

We ask:

  • a successfully completed MSc degree in bioinformatics or a related field;
  • excellent background in high-throughput sequencing analysis and comparative genomics;
  • affinity with ecology, evolution, and population genomics;
  • interest in close collaborations with experimental biologists and ability to work effectively as a team member and to carry out individual research;
  • very good level of oral and written English. You are required to show us a certification of English skills. For more information about the required level please take a look at:

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