Postdoctoral Fellow Position in Stockholm University, Sweden

Designation/Position- Postdoctoral Fellow

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Department of Zoology in Stockholm University, Sweden invites application for the Postdoctoral Fellow position in Population Genetics/Genomics of Brown trout and Arctic char with a focus on Biodiversity Conservation. Last date for application is 31 March 2018

About- Stockholm University in the capital of Sweden is characterised by its openness, innovation and collaboration. Stockholm University was founded in 1878 with the ambition to reinvent higher education in Sweden. From the beginning, close contact with the wider world as well as the active exchange of knowledge and experience have been integral to this vision.

With a global perspective and through partnerships with others, Stockholm University contributes to the development of knowledge. Education and research within human science and science in the international frontline, as well as interdisciplinary work, make this possible.

The position will be held in the Department of Zoology, a vibrant international community consisting of five interactive and collaborative divisions: Ecology, Ethology, Population Genetics, Functional Morphology, and Systematics and Evolution. The advertised position will be part of the Division of Population Genetics.

Research/Job area-Department of Zoology

Project Title- Population Genetics/Genomics of Brown trout and Arctic char with a focus on Biodiversity Conservation

Location- Stockholm University, Sweden

Eligibility/Qualification- Postdoctoral positions are appointed primarily for purposes of research. Applicants are expected to hold a Swedish doctoral degree or an equivalent degree from another country. The applicant must have a PhD in population genetics, evolutionary genetics, bioinformatics or a similar field from an accredited college/university.

The degree should have been completed no more than three years before the deadline for applications. An older degree may be acceptable under special circumstances, which may involve sick leave, parental leave, clinical attachment, elected positions in trade unions, or similar.

In the appointment process, special attention will be given to candidates with a strong interest in population and conservation genetics/genomics, statistical analysis, and with good experience from analyses of nuclear genes/loci and DNA sequencing data. Bioinformatics skills are appreciated. Applicants should have a strong record of writing and publishing high quality scientific papers. Also, the applicant needs to work well both independently and in teams.

Job/Position Description- The focal area of the research is population and conservation genetics/genomics and will be carried out within funded projects in Linda Laikre´s group aimed at developing goals and guidelines for maintaining genetic biodiversity of metapopulations (Swedish Research Council Formas) and strategies for including genetic diversity in environmental monitoring efforts (collaboration with the University of Gothenburg and the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management).

We use new mathematical tools developed in cooperation with mathematicians at Stockholm University to explore the dynamics of the genetically effective population size (Ne) of metapopulations. To empirically estimate rates of microevolution we use brown trout (Salmo trutta) and Arctic char (Salvelinus alpinus) inhabiting Swedish mountain lake systems as models, and the present position is primarily connected with this part of the projects. We take advantage of our frozen tissue bank collection spanning extensive material from several decades back in combination with new collections; fieldwork will be carried out in remote mountain areas of the County of Jämtland, Sweden during the summer of 2018 for revisiting locations from which old material is available. We use SNP markers in combination with individual DNA sequencing and pool sequencing and apply new approaches for genomic data analyses to explore rates of genetic change at different regions of the genome in collaboration with Dr. Christopher Wheat in our division using new approaches developed by his group.

There are good opportunities to contribute own research ideas in addition to the work planned by the lab. Also, there are good opportunities for interacting with other research groups and divisions of the department, and with collaborating labs at other scientific institutions as well as with Swedish management authorities.

The position is 100 percent research and will include analyses of SNPs and of individual as well as pool sequencing data.

The position involves full-time employment for a maximum of two years, with the possibility of extension under special circumstances. Starting date as soon as possible, according to agreement.

How to Apply- Apply for the position at Stockholm University’s recruitment system by clicking the “Apply” button. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline.

Please include the following information with your application

  • Your contact details and personal data
  • Your highest degree
  • Your language skills
  • Contact details for 2–3 references

and, in addition, please include the following documents

  • Cover letter
  • CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of publications
  • Research proposal (no more than 3 pages) describing:
    • – why you are interested in the field/project described in the advertisement
    • – what makes you suitable for the project in question
  • Copy of PhD diploma
  • Publications in support of your application (no more than 3 files).

For Contact- Professor Linda Laikre (PI and host for the position), telephone: +46 8 16 42 83,

Last Date for Apply–31 March 2018

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