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Postdoctoral position in Systematics and Evolution
 A two-year postdoctoral position in Systematics and Evolution is
available in the Department of Zoology, Swedish Museum of Natural History,
"Species-level phylogeny and delimitation in a biodiversity hotspot"
Madagascar is well known for its high level of endemism, basically across
every organism group. The combination with severe habitat degradation
has "rewarded" the island with a top placement among biodiversity
hotspots. The increased evolutionary research interest last twenty years
has focused on vertebrates and surprisingly little is yet known about
the colonization and speciation history of most insect groups. Using
Hydradephagan water beetles as model organisms this project will use dated
phylogenetic frameworks to analyze colonization and speciation patterns
across replicated endemic radiations and clades with representatives
but seemingly without radiations. Intraspecific genetic variation will
be sampled to estimate parameters in the multispecies coalescent model
as a window into the speciation process. The project also includes
evaluation of species delimitation methods on endemic radiations with
non-reciprocally monophyletic species in gene-trees.
The position is part of a research
project and group (Bergsten Systematic Entomology Lab:
at the Swedish Museum of Natural History on the taxonomy, faunistics,
phylogeny, colonization, speciation and evolutionary history of
Hydradephagan water beetles on Madagascar. The work includes DNA labwork,
fieldwork, data analyses, help with supervision of student projects,
article- and grant writing. The DNA labwork will be conducted at the
Molecular Systematics Laboratory at the Swedish Museum of Natural History.
To be qualified for the postdoctoral position the applicant needs to have
a PhD degree (or have a PhD thesis ready with a date fixed within 2014
for thesis defense) in Systematics/Phylogenetics/Evolutionary Biology or
similar direction of studies. The PhD degree should have been received
no more than six years before the deadline for applications.
Criteria for selection
Among qualified applicants selection is made according to scientific
merits, quality of the PhD thesis, personal skills, the applicant´s
documented knowledge in subjects of relevance for the research
area, ability to master English language (both spoken and written),
analytical ability, creativity, initiative, independence, teamwork and
ability to cooperate. Previous experience with molecular (DNA) lab work
and knowledge of relevant theory and methods (phylogenetic, dating,
species delimitation, biogeographic and diversification rate analyses)
weigh heavily. Experience with entomological fieldwork, taxonomic work
and French language (spoken in Madagascar) are consider as additional
Terms of employment
The position is for two years full time. Start of position should be in
2014 but exact date up to negotiation with the successful candidate. The
position is financed by a grant from the Swedish Research Council, VR.
For more information, please contact Johannes Bergsten
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 ). Union representative is Bodil Kajrup,
SACO-S. Both can be reached at telephone number + 46 8 519 540 00.
To be included in the application
Maximum one A4-page of personal presentation and your reasons for applying
(letter of intent). Curriculum vitae with publication list. Copy of three
selected publications. Copy of PhD thesis and PhD degree certificate or
date of scheduled defense within 2014. Also provide a list of two persons
who may act as references (with telephone numbers and e-mail addresses).
Please send your application, marked with dnr 2.3.1-603-2014, to

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  or to Swedish Museum of Natural History, P. O. Box
50007, SE-104 05 Stockholm, Sweden, no later than September 9, 2014.
Johannes Bergsten, PhD
Senior Curator / Förste Intendent
Research Division
Swedish Museum of Natural History
Box 50007
SE-104 05 Stockholm
Visiting Address: Frescativägen 40
Phone: +46 8 5195 4192
Fax: +46 8 5195 4212
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