Assistant Professor in Genomics of adaptation to climate change

Uppsala University

Application deadline

January 31, 2023

Assistant Professor in Genomics of adaptation to climate change (SciLifeLab Fellow)

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Uppsala University, Department of Ecology and Genetics

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our ultimate goal is to conduct education and research of the highest quality and relevance to make a long-term difference in society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has over 54,000 students, more than 7,500 employees and a turnover of around SEK 8 billion.

Uppsala University’s tenure track system grants assistant professors the possibility to be assessed for promotion to the position as associate professor. The university provides support in various areas, such as scientific and educational development, leadership development as well as patent and innovation support. 

The Department of Ecology and Genetics is an international environment with staff and students from across the globe. Our research spans from evolutionary ecology and genetics to studies of ecosystems. The interaction between organisms and between organisms and the environment is often studied in an evolutionary perspective. For more information, see

SciLifeLab is an academic collaboration between multiple Swedish universities and a distributed national research infrastructure with a distinct focus on all aspects of life science, from health to environmental research ( The core mission of SciLifeLab is to provide technologies facilitating the large-scale analysis of biological processes at the molecular level. The research infrastructure is closely intertwined with and promoted by our community of scientists in areas such as biomedicine, ecology and evolution. SciLifeLab brings scientists together across traditional boundaries and foster collaborations with industry, health care, public research organizations and international partners. As a SciLifeLab fellow the recruited assistant professor will be part of the vibrant SciLifeLab community both locally in Uppsala and in Sweden at large. For information about the SciLifeLab fellow program, see SciLifeLab fellows are also part of a broad national fellows’ network of future academic leaders together with fellows from the Data-driven life science (DDLS) and Wallenberg centers for molecular medicine (WCMM) fellows. In close collaboration with EMBL, SciLifeLab recently launched a Planetary biology capability that together with the ongoing Data Driven Life Science program contributes to a strong development of Swedish research in areas relevant to the current position.

Description of subject area of the employment
In the face of the current global biodiversity crisis, we urgently need accurate predictions of how organisms and ecosystems respond to climatic change. Insights into the genomics of adaptation to climate change forms part of the foundation for making such predictions. For example, there are several knowledge gaps in predicting the potential for temperature tolerance to evolve, including interpretation of signatures left by natural selection on thermal adaptation in the genome, detection of which metabolic pathways are involved, revealing how interactions among genetic loci affect climate adaptation and how eco-evo dynamics affect higher level processes such as carbon cycles at the ecosystem level. By using amenable study systems, next generation sequencing methods and other omics methods, experiments and appropriate modelling, such gaps in knowledge can be filled. We search for an assistant professor with research experience within this field, that can capitalize on the breath of expertice at the department to develop their research profile at the department of Ecology and Genetics.

The position is funded by SciLifeLab and comes with a generous start up package that will allow for the recruitment of a team.


Research, teaching, and administration. Teaching duties include course responsibility and course administration and supervision of second- and third-cycle students.Follow developments within the subject area and the development of society in general that is important for the work at the university.

Qualifications required

  • PhD in ecological or evolutionary genomics, microbial molecular ecology or related fields in biology. Applicants who have obtained a PhD degree or achieved the equivalent competence in five years or less prior to the end of the application period will be given priority.
  • Research Expertise and Teaching Expertise. It is necessary that the pedagogical skills, the research expertise and the professional skills are relevant to the content of the employment and the tasks that will be included in the employment.
  • Applicants should have completed teacher training of relevance to operations at the University, comprising five weeks, or have acquired the equivalent knowledge. If special circumstances apply, this training for teachers in higher education may be completed during the first two years of employment.
  • Documented ability to teach in Swedish or English is a requirement.
  • Personal capabilities necessary to carry out fully the duties of the appointment, and to contribute to the development of the department.

About the employment

The employment is a temporary position, longer than 6 months. Scope of employment 100%. Starting date as soon as possible or as agreed. Placement: Uppsala

For further information about the position, please contact: Head of department, Anna Rosling, +46(0)18 741 6444, or Head of program in animal ecology, Frank Johansson, +46(0)18 741 6488,

Please submit your application by January 31 2023, UFV-PA 2022/3232, through Uppsala University’s recruitment system.

Last updated: 2022-12-14

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