PhD-student position in Biology with focus on Evolutionary Biology
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Description of the subject area: Arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi form symbiotic interactions with almost all terrestrial plants and have done so since plants first colonized land. The PhD project is part of a newly funded ERC research program aimed at understanding the ecology and evolution of these widespread and important organisms. Using state-of-the art technology, e.g., PacBio long read sequencing and single nucleus genomics methods, the research program seeks to resolve the genome organization of these ancient symbionts so that the evolutionary consequences of their genome organization can be studied. Specifically, the project aims at testing the hypothesis that genetically distinct nuclear genotypes coexist within AM fungi. It involves culturing of AM fungi, sorting and genotyping of nuclei from individual fungal isolates, genome and meta-genome sequencing and assembly as well as estimating genome sizes. Based on the outcome of this first part, the project will be developed to connect genotype and phenotype to mycorrhizal activity.
The PhD student will be a part of a research team and work close together with a Post doc. The PhD student will be working with Dr Rosling (http://www.ieg.uu.se/evolutionary-biology/rosling/research/) in collaboration with Dr Johannesson (http://www.iob.uu.se/research/systematic-biology/johannesson/) at the Evolutionary Biology Centre (EBC), Uppsala University. EBC constitutes an exciting arena for multidisciplinary research in evolutionary biology in a broad sense, housing some 300 scientists and graduate students. The scientific environment with numerous seminars, journal clubs and social activities offer excellent possibilities for contacts and collaborations. Local platforms for high-performance computational analyses (https://www.uppmax.uu.se/uppnex), NGS, SNP genotyping and proteomic analyses (http://www.scilifelab.se) ensure immediate access to state-of-the-art technology. This project will utilize several of the platforms at SciLife Labs in Uppsala, in particular it the Microbial Single Cell Genomics Platform (https://www.scilifelab.se/facilities/single-cell/).
Requirements: To be eligible for a PhD-student position the applicant must hold a University degree in Bioinformatics, Evolutionary Biology, Microbiology, Mycology or equivalent. Experience in bioinformatics and genome analysis is a must and experience in mycology is a merit. The ideal candidate is scientifically motivated and can work both independently and as part of a team. High standard of spoken and written English is required.
Uppsala University strives to promote gender equality through gender diversity. Most employees in this category are women why we would like to see male applicants for the position.
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/.
Starting: 2016-04-01 or as otherwise agreed.
Type of employment: Temporary position ending 2020-03-31.
Working hours: 100 %
For further information about the position please contact:
Anna Rosling, phone 46-18-471 64 44, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
You are welcome to submit your application no later than 2016-02-29, UFV-PA 2016/116
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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
Carin Söderhäll, TCO/ST
Per Sundman, Saco-rådet 018-471 1485
Stefan Djurström, Seko 018-471 3315
Number of reference: UFV-PA 2016/116
Last application date: 2016-02-29