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Postdoctoral fellow in Evolutionary Genomics

Published: 2019-05-23

Project description
The position is associated with the European Research Council (ERC) funded project “SuperGenE: Supergene evolution in a classic plant system”.

The aim of this project is to investigate the genomic architecture underlying the balanced floral polymorphism termed distyly in wild Linum species. Specifically, the project aims to investigate the genomic region (termed supergene) that governs distyly and test whether this supergene exhibits evolutionary genetic similarities to sex chromosomes. For this purpose, we are conducting evolutionary genetic analyses of cutting-edge genomic data to comprehensively investigate the tempo and mode of recombination suppression, the impact of natural selection, and regulatory evolution at the supergene in several distylous species. Within the project we are generating several new high-quality de novo genome assemblies for wild Linum species, as well as large population genomics and expression data sets.

The postdoctoral researcher will be based in the Tanja Slotte lab ( at the Department of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences, Stockholm University. The working atmosphere is international with English as the working language, and the position offers plenty of opportunities for scientific exchange with both genomicists, evolutionary biologists and ecologists.

Main responsibilities
The position involves research in the ERC project SuperGenE. The main task of the postdoctoral researcher will be to generate and analyze genomic and gene expression data to address evolutionary genetic questions on supergene and mating system evolution. There are also possibilities for field work in the Mediterranean region.

Qualification requirements
Postdoctoral positions are appointed primarily for purposes of research. Applicants are expected to hold a Swedish doctoral degree or an equivalent degree from another country, preferably in Genetics, Ecology, Evolution, Bioinformatics, or a closely related area.

Assessment criteria
The degree should have been completed no more than three years before the deadline for applications. An older degree may be acceptable under special circumstances, which may involve sick leave, parental leave, clinical attachment, elected positions in trade unions, or similar.

In the appointment process, special attention will be given to research skills, in particular pertaining to experience of analyses of large-scale genomic data. The applicant should have proven expertise in genomics and be used to handling and analyzing large genomic and/or transcriptomic data sets. A strong interest and documented training in evolutionary genetics/population genetics is a merit, as is a strong relevant publication history. Some experience of molecular genetics lab work is a merit. Experience of plant experimental work is beneficial. Excellent proficiency in English (the working language of the group) is required. The postdoctoral fellow needs to be able to work well in a collaborative environment, as well as independently. Finally, initiative, analytical skills and drive are personal characteristics that are desirable.

Terms of employment
The position involves full-time employment for a maximum of two years, with the possibility of extension under special circumstances. Start date immediately or as per agreement.

Further information about the position can be obtained from Dr Tanja Slotte,


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