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Trondheim, Norway: Postdoc, SNP genomics PDF Tisk Email
Researcher position in evolutionary biology and genomics
 A one year position as researcher is available at the Centre for
Biodiversity Dynamics (CBD), Department of Biology, NTNU. CBD is a
Norwegian Centre of Excellence. 
The aim of the project is to examine ecological adaptation on the
molecular genetic level by using an association mapping approach to
identify the genomic regions, and, ultimately, the causative mutations,
that code for important ecological traits. This will be achieved using
state-of-the-art high density Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNP)
genotype data. Such data is already available for 2300 individuals
genotyped on a 10k SNP array, and additional data on >3000 individuals
genotyped on a 200k SNP array will be available early 2015. The
genotyped individuals are from a long-term study of insular house sparrow
populations at the coast of Norway with extensive pedigrees and long-term
individual-level data on phenotypic trait values and fitness. Hence,
this project will provide insights into the molecular genetic basis
of trait variation in natural populations. Furthermore, the goal is to
understand how population size affects short-term rates of evolutionary
change, by examining how population size affects strength and direction
of selection, levels of additive genetic variance, and observed rates
of change at the molecular genetic level. The successful candidate will
have the possibility to develop his/her own ideas to approach the above
issues, including opportunities for fieldwork and laboratory work.
The work of the successful candidate will be carried out within the
research group of Associate Professor Henrik Jensen at the Centre for
Biodiversity Dynamics, NTNU. The candidate will be based at CBD. The
working language is English.
Information about the Centre for Biodiversity Dynamics can be found here:
www.ntnu.edu/cbd. For further information about the position please
contact Associate Professor Henrik Jensen (
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Professor Bernt-Erik [UTF-8?]SĂĽther (
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Required qualifications and personal qualities Candidates must hold a PhD
in biology and be able to document expertise in evolutionary biology,
quantitative genetics, population genetics and/or genomics. Experience
with handling data from next-generation sequencing and/or high-density
SNP genotyping techniques and statistical analyses of such data
are desired. Strong computational and quantitative skills are
advantageous. The successful candidate must be able to work efficiently
and goal-oriented both when working independently and when collaborating
with others. We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic
What we offer We can offer an exciting research project with focus on
fundamental questions in evolutionary biology using state-of-the-art
molecular genetic analyses. The researcher will carry out scientifically
challenging research with good opportunities for development of
his/her expertise. The successful candidate will benefit from a good
working environment and the expertise of members in our research group,
which currently consists of an Associate professor, two postdoctoral
researchers, one PhD-student, three MSc-students and a laboratory
technician. We collaborate with leading research groups both in Norway
and abroad, and visits at these will be possible.  The successful
candidate should start no later than 1st January 2015. The appointment
of the researcher will be made according to Norwegian guidelines for
universities and university colleges and to the general regulations
regarding university employees. NTNU has a personnel policy objective that
the staff must reflect the composition of the population to the greatest
possible extent. The position is remunerated according to the Norwegian
State salary scale, and you will have the benefits of being included in
the pension scheme of the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.
The application with CV, pdfs of publications, reference letters, academic
records and relevant certificates must be submitted electronically
through www.jobbnorge.no/en (Jobbnorge-ID: 106334). Applications submitted
elsewhere will not be considered.
The reference number of the position is: NT 73/14
Deadline for applying: October 20th 2014

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