Researcher in molecular ecology

Updated: 17 days ago
Deadline: 30 Sep 2021

Published: 2021-08-27

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our ultimate goal is to conduct education and research of the highest quality and relevance to make a long-term difference in society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has over 45,000 students, more than 7,000 employees and a turnover of around SEK 7 billion.

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 .

Project description/ Duties: We are hiring a researcher for the project” Species-genetic diversity correlations in a meta community perspective”. The goal of the project is to understand how species and genetic diversity are correlated in general, with an emphasis on urban environments. This relationship between species and genetic diversity may be affected by environmental variables such as habitat size, urban areas, connectivity etc. One of the aims of this project is to quantify the effect of these environmental variables. The project is focused on urban ponds in the city of Stockholm, which were surveyed with regard to biodiversity (invertebrates and amphibians) and environmental variables. Data collection is already completed and will be analyzed using advanced multivariate statistics. You will use genomic data already obtained through ddRADseq (with DNA methylation-sensitive enzymes), as well as community ecology data (already collected). The two datasets will be used to quantify genetic variation, genetic structure, and species diversity as well as the association between these.  

Requirements: A doctoral degree or a foreign degree equivalent to a doctoral degree, in the area of evolutionary ecology, ecological genetics molecular ecology or a similar field of knowledge. Extensive experience with molecular genetic analyses and advanced knowledge on multivariate statistics is a requirement for the position. The applicant needs to be proficient in R and/or Python and have experience with next-generation sequencing data analyses and multivariate statistics, including: STRUCTURE and ADMIXTURE analyses, PCA and redundancy analysis, mixed-effects modeling, and gene-environment interactions.

Candidates must be able to express themselves fluently in spoken as well as written English, and have written and published in scientific journals in English. Great emphasis will be placed on personal qualities such as excellent collaboration skills, sense of initiative and high independence to drive forward the project.

Starting date: 01-12-2021 or as otherwise agreed.

Type of employment: Temporary position 18 months.

Scope of employment: 100%

For further information about the position please contact: Frank Johansson, email frank.johansson@ebc.uu.se, phone number +46 18 471 6488.

Please submit your application by 30 September 2021, UFV-PA 2021/3095.

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Placement: Department of Ecology and Genetics

Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months

Pay: Individual salary

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100%

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: Seko Universitetsklubben seko@uadm.uu.se
ST/TCO tco@fackorg.uu.se
Saco-rådet saco@uadm.uu.se

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2021/3095

Last application date: 2021-09-30


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