PhD student position in Evolutionary Genetics
Sort on published: 2019-02-20
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A c is available at the Department of Ecology and Genetics, Program of Evolutionary Biology, Uppsala University.
The Department of Ecology and Genetics is an international environment with staff and students from all over the world. Our research spans from evolutionary ecology and genetics to studies of ecosystems. For more information, see www.ieg.uu.se.
The Evolutionary Biology Centre (http://www.ebc.uu.se/?languageId=1) is one of the world’s leading research institutions in evolutionary biology. It is part of Uppsala University, which has been ranked very high among all European Universities in the subject of evolutionary biology. Our lab is part of the Program of Evolutionary Biology that excels in many aspects of genetics and evolution and offers an inspiring international atmosphere. There are ample opportunities for interaction with PhD-students, PostDocs and researchers working on related topics. We are tightly linked to the Science for Life Laboratory (https://www.scilifelab.se/) and have access to advanced laboratory infrastructure, high performance computing resources and bioinformatics support.
Project description: Getting detailed understanding about both proximate and ultimate causes to formation of reproductive isolation between diverging lineages is one of the major challenges in evolutionary biology. In the research group, we use butterflies as model systems and combine experimental work with bioinformatic analyses to investigate the genetic underpinnings of barriers to gene flow and traits that may play a role in species recognition, mate choice and local adaptation. The project will mostly involve bioinformatic handling of large data sets. The main focus will be on understanding the role of sex-chromosomes in speciation and adaptation and investigating the evolutionary consequences of variation in recombination rate across populations with distinct karyotypes and between chromosomal regions. Depending on the personal interests and qualifications of the candidate, the project can also be extended to address other fundamental questions in molecular evolution. At a later stage, the candidate may also choose to participate in other ecological genomics projects that are currently developing in the lab. For any further questions, please visit the lab website (http://www.ieg.uu.se/evolutionary-biology/backstrom/) or contact Niclas Backström (email: email@example.com).
Duties: The PhD training comprises four years of full time research including courses and literature studies.
Qualifications required: To be eligible for a PhD-student position the applicant must hold a master degree (or equivalent) in biology or a related field. Experience with handling of large data sets and bioinformatic analysis will be necessary to carry out the projects. Candidates must be able to express themselves fluently in spoken as well as written English.
Qualifications desired: The ideal candidate is highly motivated and enthusiastic about evolutionary biology and has a good understanding of population genetics and evolution theory. Thorough experience with large-scale genetic analysis, bioinformatics, scripting and programming is advantageous. Computational and statistical training is also advantageous.
Position: The graduate program covers four years of full-time study. The position can be combined with teaching or other duties at the department (maximum 20%), which prolongs the employment with the corresponding time. The salary will be set according to local agreements. Rules governing PhD candidates are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 5, §§ 1-7 and in Uppsala university's rules and guidelines http://regler.uu.se/search/?hits=30&languageId=1&search-language_en=English. More information about postgraduate studies at Uppsala University is available at http://www.teknat.uu.se/education/postgraduate/.
Uppsala University aims for gender balance and diversity in all activities in order to achieve a higher quality at all levels of the organization. We therefore welcome applicants of any gender and with different birth background, functionality and life experience.
Access: May 15, 2019 or as agreed upon.
Application: The application should include (1) A cover letter describing your research interests, relevant previous experience and your specific motivation for the position, (2) a short summary of your Master's (or comparable) studies, (3) a CV including potential previous publications, (4) contact details of at least two scientific professionals, and, (5) attested copies of your academic degree(s). The application should be written in English.
For further information about the position please contact: Senior Lecturer, Niclas Backström, firstname.lastname@example.org, +46-18-471 6415.
You are welcome to submit your application no later than March 20, 2019 UFV-PA 2019/631.
Please do not send offers of recruitment or advertising services. Applications must be submitted as described in this advertisement.
Placement: Department of Ecology and Genetics
Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months
Pay: Fixed salary
Number of positions: 1
Working hours: 100 %
County: Uppsala län
Number of reference: UFV-PA 2019/631
Last application date: 2019-03-20