Researcher in molecular fungal ecology

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The applicant will analyze high throughput sequencing (DNA barcoding and metabarcoding) datasets to describe the diversity, relatedness, abundances and interactions for fungal and oomycete community-level studies on seeds and plants.  It is expected for successful candidates to lead all aspects of the analysis, independently coordinate the practical work and analyses and to write scientific publications in collaboration with the project group.


The applicant is required to have a Ph.D. in biology with a focus on molecular ecology or related field. Solid bioinformatics competence (e.g. in metagenomics, comparative genomics, and phylogenetic analysis) and good knowledge of R statistical software and multivariate analysis, FunGuild, FungalTraits, etc.. The applicant must have at least 3 years of relevant experience analyzing DNA sequence datasets for ecological community studies and publishing results in peer-reviewed journals.

The candidate must be fluent in English and have excellent written and spoken communication skills. Great emphasis on personal qualities such as ability to work in teams as well as independently.

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Fixed term employment of 6 months, with possible extension.



Starting date:

1 July 2022 or according to agreement.


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The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) is a world-class international university with research, education and environmental assessment within the sciences for sustainable life. Its principal sites are in Alnarp, Umeå and Uppsala, but activities are also conducted at research stations, experimental parks and educational establishments throughout Sweden. We bring together people who have different perspectives, but they all have one and the same goal: to create the best conditions for a sustainable, thriving and better world.

SLU has just over 3,000 employees, 5,000 students and a turnover of SEK 3 billion. The university has invested heavily in a modern, attractive environment on its campuses.

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