PhD position in evolution with focus on population genomics
Uppsala University is an international research university focused on the development of science and education. Our most important assets are all the individuals who with their curiosity and their dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting work places. Uppsala University has 40,000 students, 7,000 employees and a turnover of SEK 6,5 billion.
The Department of Ecology and Genetics, which is part of the Evolutionary Biology Centre, is an international environment with more than 200 coworkers. The Departments research and education spans from evolutionary ecology and genetics to studies of ecosystems. Evolutionary Biology Centre is one of the world’s biggest workplaces for evolutions biologists and is an excellent research environment with a wide range of specializations in ecology. Our graduate school offers a creative and stimulating environment and offers a rich variety of seminars, journal clubs, courses and possibilities to interact with other scholars and students. The environment is international with English as the primary language at the department. For more information, see www.ieg.uu.se.
Project description: Natural occurrence of polyploidy, inter-specific hybridization and the ability to propagate asexually, together with accelerated flowering (less than 1 year) and a relatively small genome size of 440 Mb with a recent reference genome sequence, make birches ideal for evolutionary biology studies in trees. In the present project, we will investigate the relative contributions of hybridization, population history and selection to local adaptation and thereby address the response of Swedish birch populations to global warming. The work will combine population genomic studies of hybridization and local adaptation along latitudinal gradients with controlled experiments of the response of birches to elevated temperatures. These new data, together with data from birch breeding programs, will be used to evaluate the potential of genomic selection for developing advanced breeding material better adapted to the forthcoming environmental conditions.
The applicant will be involved in material collection, DNA extraction, bioinformatics, growth chamber experiments and populations genetic analysis. The work will be coupled to the ongoing EU project GENTREE, which studies local adaptation of trees at European scale in seven species. In this way there will be possibilities to expand the PhD project in new directions. The work will be co-led by Dr. Jarkko Salojärvi at University of Helsinki. The project is supported by the Swedish Research Council Formas and Dr. Martin Lascoux is the main supervisor.
Qualifications: A relevant master degree in biology, genetics, ecology or equivalent. We are looking for a candidate that is motivated, highly reliable, driven and well-organized, and has a broad interest in evolutionary biology. Experience of laboratory work and bioinformatics and using Linux is needed. Previous experience of quantitative/molecular/population genetics and programming (e.g. R, Matlab, C, Perl, Python) is a merit. You should have the capacity to express yourself well in speech and writing in English. Because the holder of this position will interact closely with other lab members, we put emphasis on personal ability, independence and ability to collaborate.
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/Rules_and_regulations_in_English/. More information about postgraduate studies at Uppsala University is available at http://www.teknat.uu.se/education/postgraduate/.
Application: The application should include 1) a letter describing yourself, your research interests, why you want to do a PhD and why you are suitable for the current position, 2) a CV 3), a short description of your education, 4) an authorized copy of your Master’s degree and course grades, 5) the names and email addresses of at least two referees, 6) relevant publications including Master’s thesis. The application should be written in English.
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.
Starting: As soon as possible or as otherwise agreed.
For further information about the position please contact
Professor Martin Lascoux, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, tel. 018-471 6416.
More information about the research: https://lascouxlab.wordpress.com/people/ .
You are welcome to submit your application no later than April 9, 2017, UFV-PA 2017/740.
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Placement: Department of Ecology and Genetics
Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months
Pay: Fixed pay
Number of positions: 1
Working hours: 100%
County: Uppsala län
Marie Ols, TCO/ST
Per Sundman, Saco-rådet 018-471 1485
Stefan Djurström, Seko 018-471 3315
Number of reference: UFV-PA 2017/740
Last application date: 2017-04-07