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Bielefeld: Postdoc in Pinniped population genomics PDF Tisk Email
With Dr Joe Hoffman (Bielefeld University, Germany), Prof Oliver Kruger (Bielefeld University,
Germany), and Dr Jochen Wolf (Evolutionary Biology Centre, Uppsala,
A two-year postdoctoral researcher position is available to work in the
groups of Joe Hoffman at Bielefeld University in Germany and Jochen Wolf
at the Evolutionary Biology Centre in Uppsala, Sweden.
This postdoc position is broadly embedded in a research
project on Galapagos sea lions (Zalophus wollebaeki) that
Prof Fritz Trillmich and Dr Jochen Wolf started 12 years ago
Using whole genome re-sequencing data from more than 100 individuals
across the entire species range, the postdoc will explore key evolutionary
processes such as the genetic basis of speciation, adaptation and fitness.
An important feature of this system is the presence of different ecotypes
in an essentially sympatric setup (Wolf et al. 2008, Shafer & Wolf 2013).
There will also be the opportunity to work on Antarctic fur seals
(Arctocephalus gazella), opening a comparative axis to the project.
Funding:  This postdoc is funded by the German Science Foundation (DFG)
for up to two years and includes health insurance.  The pay scale is
TVL E13 (100%).  The postdoc will be based in Bielefeld, but will have
considerable flexibility over how much time they spend in Bielefeld
and in Uppsala.  A joint postdoc will provide you with an excellent
opportunity for international travel and collaboration, and experience
of working in diverse environments.
The environment:  The postdoc will join the Department
of Animal Behaviour at Bielefeld University, Germany
(www.uni-bielefeld.de/biologie/vhf/index.html) and the Evolutionary
Biology Centre, Uppsala University, Sweden (http://www.ebc.uu.se).
The department of Animal Behaviour in Bielefeld is the oldest of its
kind in Germany and currently hosts six principal investigators, seven
postdocs and twenty PhD students.  It offers a stimulating international
environment and an excellent research infrastructure.  The working
language of the Department is English.  Bielefeld is a small city with
an attractive historical centre and easy access to the Teutoburger Wald
for hiking and other outdoor pursuits.  It offers a very high standard
of living and is well connected to most major European cities.
The Evolutionary Biology Centre is one of the worldÂĄÂŚs leading research
institutions in evolutionary biology.  It is part of Uppsala University
which has been ranked first place among all European Universities in the
subject of biology (CHE European ranking) and bridges a broad variety
of disciplines.  The scientific environment with numerous seminars,
journal clubs and social activities offers excellent possibilities for
contacts and collaborations.  Dr Wolf's lab is part of the Department
of Evolutionary Biology (http://www.ebc.uu.se/Research/IEG/evbiol)
and addresses fundamental evolutionary questions using a wide
range of different approaches.  As a member of the Science for
Life Laboratory (http://www.scilifelab.se) we have access to high
performance computing resources (https://www.uppmax.uu.se/uppnex),
excellent lab facilities and extended bioinformatic infrastructure
(http://www.scilifelab.se/platforms).  The lab is situated in the
student town of Uppsala, which offers rich opportunities for cultural
and outdoor activities.  Sweden's capital Stockholm is less than an
hour's train ride away.
Qualifications: The successful applicant will hold a PhD degree, have a
thorough background in population genetics and/or comparative genomics
and be experienced in handling large genome-wide data sets. Population
geneticists with a more theoretical background are also encouraged
to apply.  A high standard of spoken and written English is required.
How to apply:  Please provide: (i) a letter of motivation including a
maximum 2-page statement of your research interests, relevant skills
and experience; (ii) a CV including publication list; and (iii) names
and contact details of three referees willing to write confidential
letters of recommendation.  All materials should be emailed as a single
PDF file to: 
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in the subject line.
The application deadline is October 5th 2015 and interviews will take
place in the following few weeks.  The start date is flexible and will
depend on the timeframe of the most qualified applicant, but would ideally
be before the end of this year.  For further information, please see
www.thehoffmanlab.com and http://www.ieg.uu.se/evolutionsbiologi/wolf-se
or contact Joe Hoffman (
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 ) with any informal inquiries.
The University of Bielefeld is an equal opportunity employer and
particularly welcomes applications from women.  Given equal suitability,
qualifications and professional achievement, women will be given
preference, unless particular circumstances pertaining to a male
applicant apply.
For representative publications, please see:
Poelstra JW, Vijay N, Bossu CM et al. Wolf JBW (2014) The genomic
landscape underlying phenotypic integrity in the face of gene flow in
crows. Science, 344: 1410-1414.
Forcada, J. & Hoffman, J.I. (2014).  Climate change selects for
heterozygosity in a declining fur seal population.  Nature, 511:
Hoffman JI, Simpson F, David P et al. (2014) High-throughput sequencing
reveals inbreeding depression in a natural population.  PNAS, 111:
Shafer ABA, Wolf JBW (2013) Widespread evidence for incipient ecological
speciation: a meta-analysis of isolation-by-ecology. Ecol Lett, 16:
Ellegren H, Smeds L, Burri R et al. Wolf JBW (2012) The genomic landscape
of species divergence in Ficedula flycatchers. Nature, 491: 756ÂĄV760.
Wolf JBW, Harrod C, Brunner S et al. (2008) Tracing early stages of
species differentiation: Ecological, morphological and genetic divergence
of Galapagos sea lion populations. BMC Evol Biol, 8: 150.
Joe Hoffman
Department of Animal Behaviour
University of Bielefeld
Postfach 100131
33501 Bielefeld
+49 (0)521 1062711
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