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Postdoc position in Molecular Ecology and Evolution at Lund University,
Research Topic: Sexual Selection and Introgression in Lizards
Gene transfer between species or sub-species via hybridization is
increasingly recognized as an important source of diversification and
 However, only rarely are systems sufficiently well understood
to predict the degree and direction of hybridization, which makes current
studies largely exploratory and reliant on post-hoc explanations. To
circumvent this problem we have experimentally established the causes
of hybridization between two sub-species of the common wall lizard,
Podarcis muralis. These studies suggest that introgression in secondary
contact will be driven by sexual selection, with a number of predictions
regarding the direction, extent, and phenotypic and genomic patterns
of introgression. We now wish to test these predictions in independent
regions of hybridization using extensive phenotypic data and generation
of genome-wide nucleotide markers that can be mapped onto the draft
genome of the species.
Job assignment
The tasks involve (i) Planning research; (ii) Generating, processing
and analyzing data on single nucleotide polymorphism; (iii) performing
analyses to establish genomic and geographic patterns of introgression
using sequence and phenotypic data; (iv) field work to collect further
samples; and (v) preparation of results for publication. The successful
applicant is expected to contribute to the intellectual environment
of the host group through active participation in discussion groups,
meetings, and other activities. We encourage maintaining and establishing
new collaborations. Co-supervision of MSc students may be part of the
assignment. The position is funded by a grant from the Swedish Research
Council to Dr Tobias Uller (http://www.biology.lu.se/tobias-uller) and
is initially for two years, with the possibility of a one-year extension.
Eligibility/ Entry requirements
The applicant must have a PhD in Molecular Ecology, Evolution or
associated fields and have extensive experience with analyses of
high-throughput sequence data. A background in the application of
genome data to non-model organisms is highly meritorious. Applicants
must be highly motivated to pursue research in ecology and evolution,
show outstanding organizational skills, and have a track record of
completed research projects.
Basis for assessment
Applicants are evaluated based on documented ability to develop and
carry out high-quality research. Such evidence may include a strong
track record of publications in scientific journals, documentation of
successful completion of research projects, high intellectual capacity and
problem-solving ability, technical and analytical know-how, organizational
skills, enthusiasm, dedication, and an ability to work both independently
and in a team. Where possible, statements to these effects should be
accompanied by objective or independent assessment of the candidate's
track record and potential (e.g., via letters of support).
Applicants should follow the instructions on the
following webpage when preparing their application:
For further details or informal contact, please contact Tobias Uller
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Dr Tobias Uller
Wallenberg Academy Fellow
Department of Biology
Lund University

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