1. On 3 January 2017 I joined the lab of Prof. Laurent Excoffier at the Institute of Ecology and Evolution (IEE) at the University of Bern, Switzerland. You will reach my lab-hosted website here.

  2. Our paper on divergent selection in the face of gene flow is out: Population-genomic inference of the strength and timing of selection against gene flow.

About me

I am a Postdoc in evolutionary and population genetics. I work on methods to detect the signal of local adaptation and speciation in genomic data, and on the effect of demographic history on the efficacy of natural selection. I develop methods and theory, and apply these to population-genomic data from plants and animals, including humans.


  1. 2008–2011: PhD in Evolutionary Biology, University of Edinburgh, UK; partly based at IST Austria. Supervised by Nick Barton

  2. 2003–2007: MSc in Zoology, University of Zurich, Switzerland. Supervised by Lukas Keller

Research experience

  1. Since 01/2017: Postdoc at the Institute of Ecology and Evolution, University of Bern, Switzerland.

  2. 2014–2016: Postdoc at the Department of Evolution and Ecology, University of California, Davis

  3. 2011–2013: Postdoc at the Faculty of Mathematics, University of Vienna, Austria

  4. 2007: Research assistant at the Zoological Museum, University of Zurich

For a detailed CV, please send me an e-mail.



Simon Aeschbacher, PhD

Inst. of Ecology and Evolution

University of Bern

Baltzerstrasse 6

CH-3012 Bern


+41 31 631 30 32