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Stockholm: Postdoc in Evolutionary Genomics of Butterflies PDF Tisk Email
We are seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher to join
our ongoing ecological and evolutionary functional genomics (EEFG)
research on a range of butterfly species. The research will be focused
on 1) exploiting our extensive in-house population genomic data from
10 different Nymphalidae species, and 2) assembling and studying the
genomes of 4 additional species in an analysis of gene family dynamics
and ecological speciation.
The principal goals of the project are to investigate the genetic basis
of local adaptation and species differences in physiological performance
(e.g. flight) and host-plant usage. We have developed sufficient in-house
experience for genome assemblies and now we wish to start using these
resources to address fundamental questions. From our perspective,
an equally important goal of the position is that it will constitute
an important step for the postdoctoral researcher towards securing a
position as an independent researcher. Because of this, we encourage
the postdoctoral researcher to design and pursue additional projects,
to obtain experience in student supervision, and to develop his/her
scientific network through collaborations and participation in scientific
The Department of Zoology has an excellent history of studying butterfly
ecology and evolution. The position will be in the lab of Christopher
Wheat (see website <http://www.christopherwheat.net/>), which consists
of 4 PhD students and 1 Postdoc. Currently we are primarily focused
upon integrating our various studies of overwintering diapause, immune
performance, and wing coloration with our genomic and transcriptomic
data for the Pieris napi butterfly.
The position will be based at the Department of Zoology, in the division
of Population Genetics, at Stockholm University. The Department hosts six
research groups focused on butterfly ecology and evolution, which have a
long history of fruitful collaboration. PI’s: Dr. Christopher Wheat,
Dr. Karl Gotthard, Dr. Christer Wiklund, Dr. Sören Nylin, Dr. Niklas
Janz and Dr. Bengt Karlsson
We have extensive rearing facilities, recently renovated wet lab space,
and extensive computational and genomic resources, provided in part by
generous funding from the Wallenberg Foundation and the Swedish Research
Council. The campus is located 4 metro stops from the center of Stockholm,
which by many is regarded as one of the most beautiful capitals in
the world and is home to a vibrant scientific community with several
leading research institutes, including the Science for Life Laboratory
(SLL) and the Swedish Museum of Natural History. The SLL is a leading
genomics core facility that we routinely use.
Eligibility and selection criteria
The applicant must hold  a PhD in biology or a related field, and
the degree should have been received no more than three years before
the deadline for applications. The ideal candidate is a creative
and independent researcher that can work well in a team environment.
A record of scientific achievement in computational genomics is essential,
as is previous experience in handling NGS data using scripts and analysis
pipelines. Experience with butterflies is not necessary, but documented
experience with linux is required. Additional merits include experience
in computer programming, population genetics and gene family dynamics.
Terms of employment
The position is for two years full-time. The start date of the position
is flexible, but should ideally be before June 2015.
For further questions regarding the position, please contact
Dr. Christopher Wheat (
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Union representative
Anqi Lindblom-Ahlm (Saco-S) and Lisbeth Häggberg (Fackförbundet ST),
telephone: +46 8 16 20 00 (switchboard), and Gunnar Stenberg (SEKO),
telephone: +46 70 316 43 41.
Applicants should submit a CV including a publication list, and a cover
letter describing their research interests, qualifications and reasons
for applying. The cover letter should also indicate the applicant’s
ideal starting date and a list of two persons who may provide
references. Please submit the application as a single pdf document,
marked with the reference number SU FV-0217-15, no later than March 1,
2015, by e-mail to 
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