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Uppsala, Sweden: Postdoc in population/conservation genomics of wolves PDF Tisk Email
A two-year fully funded post-doctoral position is available in the
Ellegren lab at the Evolutionary Biology Centre, Uppsala University
The Scandinavian wolf population is very well monitored population that
has been focus for extensive genetic studies of, for example, genetic
rescue effects, inbreeding depression, origin and immigration
 (Hedrick et
al Evolution 55:1256-1260; Sundqvist et al Mol Ecol 10:1959-1966; Vila
et al Proc R Soc Lond B 270:91-97; Flagstad et al Mol Ecol 12:869-880;
Seddon et al Proc R Soc Lond B 271:2283-2291; Liberg et al.  Biol Lett
1:17-20; Seddon et al Mol Ecol 14:503-511; Bensch et al PLoS One 1:e72;
Seddon et al Conserv Genet 7:225-230; Vali et al Mol Ecol 17:3808-3817;
Hagenblad et al Mol Ecol 18:1341-1351). The wolf was once widespread
in Scandinavia, as well as in other parts of Europe, but long-term
persecution led to its extinction by the 1960s. Two animals founded a
new population in Sweden in the 1970s and a limited number of immigrants
have subsequently become integrated with the population and it has grown
to several hundreds of individuals. The population is highly inbred
(inbreeding coefficient of newborns is currently 0.25 on average)
and there are signs of inbreeding depression. We are now conducting
whole-genome re-sequecning of 100 animals sampled from throughout the
time period since the new population was founded. The post-doc will be
responsible for analysing these data with the aims of investigating the
rate of allelic loss, the extent and distribution of genomic regions
identical-by-descent, the genomic contribution of each founder to the
extant population, and to compare genetic relationships derived from
the pedigree and genome sequence data. Several other research questions
can apply as well. The project is a collaboration with Grimso Wildlife
Research Station of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.
Start date is flexible, ideally before January 1, 2016. The position
can be extended for up to two more years.
For full consideration, please send application materials by September
6, 2015. Interested candidates should submit the following to

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- a cover letter stating research interests,
- CV, including publication record
- a short (1-2 page) description of research accomplishments,
- email addresses and phone numbers of three references
Please feel free to contact me at the above email address with
The venue for this position, the Evolutionary Biology Centre, is situated
in central Uppsala. The working atmosphere is international with the
great majority of PhD students and post-docs recruited from abroad. The
Centre constitutes an exciting arena for multidisciplinary research in
evolutionary biology in a broad sense, housing some 300 scientists and
graduate students. The scientific environment with numerous seminars,
journal clubs and social activities offer excellent possibilities for
contacts and collaborations. Local platforms for high-performance
computational analyses (https://www.uppmax.uu.se/uppnex), NGS, SNP
genotyping and proteomic analyses (http://www.scilifelab.se) ensure
immediate access to state-of-the-art technology. Uppsala University
is the oldest university in Scandinavia and the city of Uppsala is a
vibrant student town with beautiful and easy accessible surroundings
conveniently situated close to Stockholm.
The Ellegren group is part of the Department of Evolutionary
Biology (http://www.ieg.uu.se/evolutionary-biology/), which
is a branch of the larger Department of Ecology and Genetics
(http://www.ieg.uu.se/?languageId=3D1). The Department of Evolutionary
Biology houses 8 independent research groups and about 25 PhD students,
25 postdocs, and several bioinformaticians. A common theme is that we
address key questions in evolutionary biology, like speciation, local
adaptation, life history evolution, genome and molecular evolution, using
genomic approaches. We have tight connections with several other research
groups in the Department of Ecology and Genetics within the Evolutionary
Biology Centre. The project is a collaboration with Grimso Wildlife
Research Station of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.
Suitable background to the position is a PhD geared toward evolutionary
biology, population genetics, conservation biology or bioinformatics.
Experience from bioinformatic analyses of next-generation sequencing
data is of merit.
Professor Hans Ellegren
Department of Evolutionary Biology
Evolutionary Biology Centre
Uppsala University
Norbyv=C3=A4gen 18D
SE-752 36 Uppsala
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