Postdoctoral researcher in population genomics of wolves
Sort on published: 2017-12-21
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A postdoc position in population genomics of wolves is available at the Department of Ecology and Genetics, the Evolutionary Biology program, 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 is one of the leading arenas in the world for research and education in evolutionary biology. The access to the facilities offered by the Science for Life Laboratory (https://www.scilifelab.se/) gives advanced technical support in DNA and RNA sequencing, proteomics, bioinformatics and other computational matters.
Project description: The Scandinavian wolf population is a striking example of the impact of isolation on genetic diversity and survival. Wolves were once extinct in Scandinavia, but in the early 1980s two individuals re-entered the peninsula and successfully reproduced. Cut off from the larger Finnish-Russian metapopulation by the Reindeer husbandry area to the North, the population remained very small (less than 10 individuals) for a decade. However, in 1991 a single male immigrant entered the population and reproduced, resulting in genetic rescue through an increase in both genetic diversity and population. To this day the population remains characterised by prolonged periods of isolation with rare immigration events. Inbreeding is extensive.
There are several possible lines to pursue depending on interest and background of the successful candidate/s. These include assessment of how genomic diversity varies over time and in relation to inbreeding, identification of candidate genomic regions for inbreeding depression, assessment of gene flow between populations, and molecular evolutionary analyses of large-scale sequence data. The work will be conducted in the group of Hans Ellegren (http://www.ieg.uu.se/evolutionary-biology/ellegren/).
Duties: Research in the abovementioned project.
Qualifications required: To be eligible to apply you must have a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology, genetics, genomics, bioinformatics, or another relevant field that was completed within three years of the application deadline. If you received your PhD earlier but circumstances like parental leave exist you are also eligible to apply. Experience in analyses of next-generation sequencing data is necessary, as is a strong background in population genetic and/or molecular evolutionary analyses. Candidates must have good communication skills, both in written ans spoken English.
Qualifications desired: We are looking for a highly motivated and competitive early career scientist with strong scientific skills within the subject area. Emphasis will also be placed on personal skills such as communication and collaboration skills, ability to work independently, scientific maturity and creativity. Programming skills are desirable.
Application: The application should include 1) A letter of intent describing yourself, your research background and interests, and why you would be suitable for the position (max 2 pages). 2) Your CV and publication list. 3) The names and contact information to at least two reference persons (email address and phone no.). 4) A copy of your PhD certificate, 5) Any unpublished work that you would like to present in support of your application. The application must 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 date: As agreed.
Salary: Individually negotiated salary.
Type of position: Temporary position for two years. Possibilities for two years extension.
For further information about the position please contact
Professor Hans Ellegren, firstname.lastname@example.org
You are welcome to submit your application no later than Jan 20, 2018. UFV-PA 2017/4591.
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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
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Number of reference: UFV-PA 2017/4591
Last application date: 2018-01-20