Postdoctoral Fellow in Palaeogenomics

Updated: about 1 month ago
Deadline: 20 Dec 2022

Ref. No. SU FV-4278-22

at the Department of Zoology . Closing date: 20 December 2022.

The Department of Zoology is one of the departments at the Faculty of Science with about 50 employees and 40 doctoral students. The main research areas are Ecology, Ethology, Functional Morphology, Systematics and Evolution, and Population Genetics. The Department of Zoology is also a partner in the Centre for Palaeogenetics, which is a research centre jointly funded by Stockholm University and the Swedish Museum of Natural History.

Project description
The Department of Zoology invites applications for a 3-year postdoc position within the division of Population Genetics, based at the Centre for Palaeogenetics (CPG) in Stockholm. The position is funded through the ERC Advanced Grant PrimiGenomes awarded to Love Dalén . The postdoctoral project advertised here is aimed at analyzing ancient DNA from small rodent remains, such as lemmings and/or voles, which range in age from present-day and up 2.5 million years old. The goal is to investigate the tempo and mode of speciation, the degree of hybdridization among lineages, as well as the timing, rate and extent of adaptive evolution and demographic change in response to past climatic changes.

Main responsibilities
The position is mainly directed towards research, including recovering and analyzing ancient DNA using state-of-the-art palaeogenomic methods, and writing up the results for publication in scientific journals. It is also expected that the successful applicant will participate in the daily activities at the Centre for Palaeogenetics.

Qualification requirements
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.

Assessment criteria
The degree must have been completed at latest before the employment decision is made, but no more than three years before the closing date. An older degree may be acceptable under special circumstances. Special reasons refer to sick leave, parental leave, elected positions in trade unions, service in the total defense, or other similar circumstances as well as clinical attachment or service/assignments relevant to the subject area.

In the appointment process, special attention will be given to research skills within the subject area. A demonstrated track-record in wet lab analyses of ancient DNA, handling high-throughput DNA sequencing data using scripts and analysis pipelines, as well as bioinformatics and computational genomics is essential.

Comprehensive knowledge in paleontology, evolutionary biology and/or ecology are considered as merits. Because the position involves integration within a larger team of researchers and students, personal skills such as good collaborative and analytical skills, ability to work independently and take own initiatives, and a well-developed sense of responsibility are considered additional merits. A well-developed ability of oral and written communication in English is also considered a merit.

Terms of employment
The position involves full-time employment for a minimum of two years and a maximum of three years, with the possibility of extension under special circumstances. Start date as per agreement.

Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all.

Further information about the position can be obtained from Professor Love Dalén, .

Union representatives
Ingrid Lander (Saco-S), telephone: +46 708 16 26 64, , Alejandra Pizarro Carrasco (Fackförbundet ST/Lärarförbundet), telephone: +46 8 16 34 89, , and (SEKO).

Apply for the position at Stockholm University's recruitment system. 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 outlining why you are interested in and suitable for the position
  • CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of publications
  • Copy of PhD diploma.

The instructions for applicants are available at: How to apply for a position .

You are welcome to apply!

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