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Postdoctoral researcher in Bioinformatics

Published: 2019-04-17

The Swedish Museum of Natural History ( is one of the leading institutions of its kind in Europe. It combines a venerable tradition and unique collections with cutting-edge research in geology, paleontology and biology. The research at the Department of Bioinformatics and Genetics focuses on computational phylogenetics, population genetics and genomics. We run DNA sequencing facility and host several national and international infrastructures.

About the position
The postdoc will be employed in Insect Biome Atlas (IBA;, a five-year international project aimed at characterizing the diversity of insects in Sweden and Madagascar. The project uses metabarcoding of thousands of Malaise trap and soil samples to study the size, origins, structure and function of the insect biomes. The IBA is a collaboration between the Swedish Museum of Natural History (Fredrik Ronquist), the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (Tomas Roslin), Stockholm University (Ayco Tack), SciLifeLab/KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Anders Andersson), the Madagascar Biodiversity Centre (Brian Fisher, California Academy of Sciences) and Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland (Piotr Lukasik).

The postdoc will lead the development of bioinformatic pipelines for the comprehensive analysis of insect community metabarcoding data and apply them to an unprecedented collection of bulk insect community samples from across Sweden and Madagascar. The postdoc will also be expected to contribute to the development of molecular methods for the phylogenomic characterization of a large number of insects. The position will be based at the Swedish Museum of Natural History in close collaboration with Anders Andersson at KTH/SciLifeLab and Piotr Lukasik at Jagiellonian University. The candidate is expected to spend some time at collaborating institutions.

The candidate must hold a Ph.D. degree in molecular biology, bioinformatics, evolutionary biology or a related field. Previous experience with the analysis of Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) data is essential. It will be an advantage if the candidate has:

  • proven interest in biodiversity and community ecology
  • experience in analyzing metabarcoding data, particularly in the context of eukaryotic diversity
  • experience working in the Unix/Linux environment and programming skills in R and/or Python
  • experience with molecular methods relevant to biodiversity and NGS library prep
  • excellent communication skills in English

Starting date
The starting date is 1st of June 2019, or soon thereafter, and the position is for two years. Additional funding may be available. The position will either be as a Postdoc or Researcher, depending om whether the applicant was awarded his/her PhD degree less or more than three years before the application deadline.

For more information about the position, contact Fredrik Ronquist, ( Trade union representatives are Ingimar Erlingsson, Saco-S and Anna Sandberg, ST. All can be reached at telephone number +46 8 519 540 00.

The application should consist of a personal letter and a CV with contact details of 2-3 references. Mark your application with dnr 2.3.1-279-2019 and send it to no later than 12th May 2019.