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Helsinki, Finland: Postdoc in genomics and life-history evolution PDF Tisk Email
Applications are invited for 24 month post doc (with a possibility of up to
2 year continuation) in the research group of Marjo Saastamoinen as part of
the ERC funded META-STRESS project (Starting Grant scheme). The successful
applicant will join the Centre of Excellence in Metapopulation Research at
the University of Helsinki. 

The project aims to understand the mechanisms that allow organisms in the
wild to cope with environmental stress. The large metapopulation of the
Glanville fritillary butterfly gives a unique opportunity to study processes
operating from genes within individuals all the way to metapopulation-level
dynamics (> 20 years of data). In this project ecological studies will be
integrated with molecular approaches to unravel the significance of
different mechanisms - candidate genes, epigenetic inheritance and
intestinal microbial communities - potentially influencing individual
responses to environmental challenges. Molecular and genomic tools
(including the genome; Ahola et al. 2014, Nat Comm) are available for this
species to apply to ecologically relevant traits.
Recent relevant publications include:
Saastamoinen M, Norio H & Van Nouhuys S (2013) Direct and trans-generational
responses to food deprivation during development in the Glanville fritillary
butterfly. Oecologia 171: 93-104.
Saastamoinen M, Ikonen S, Wong SW, Lehtonen R & Hanski I (2013) Plastic
larval development in a butterfly has complex environmental and genetic
causes and consequences for population dynamics. Journal of Animal Ecology
82: 529-539. 
Kvist J., Wheat C. W., Kallioniemi E., Saastamoinen M., Hanski I. &
Frilander M. (2013). Temperature treatments during larval development reveal
extensive heritable and plastic variation in gene expression and life
history traits. Molecular Ecology 22: 602-619. 
The successful candidate should have PhD / post doctoral experience in
evolutionary genetics, bioinformatics, microbiology, evolutionary biology or
similar, and a strong interest in working with natural populations.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to think
independently and creatively are required. You must demonstrate the ability
to work as part of a team, and participate in supervision of more junior
group members. 
More information: http://www.mv.helsinki.fi/home/msaastam ;
Starting date: April 2015
Application deadline: 13 February 2015
Mail your application with title post-doc META-STRESS (CV with
publications included, contact details of two references, and a letter
(MAX 1 page) with a description of your research interests and why you
would be a suitable candidate for the project) as a single pdf file to

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Dr Marjo Saastamoinen
Academy Research Fellow
Center-of-Excellence in Metapopulation Biology
Department of Biosciences
PO Box 65 (Viikinkaari 1)
FI-00014 University of Helsinki
tel. + 358 (0)50 448 4471
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