PhD student position in the area of evolutionary genetics
Sort on published: 2017-10-31
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Uppsala University is an international research university focused on the development of science and education. Our most important assets are all the individuals who with their curiosity and their dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting work places. Uppsala University has 40,000 students, 7,000 employees and a turnover of SEK 6,5 billion.
A PhD student position in the area of evolutionary genetics, with a focus on the evolution of sexual dimorphism, is available at the Department of Ecology and Genetics, the Evolutionary Biology program, Uppsala University.
The Department of Ecology and Genetics is an international environment with staff and students from all over the world. Our research spans from evolutionary ecology and genetics to studies of ecosystems. For more information, see www.ieg.uu.se.
Project description: The PhD candidate will work on the project “Evolution of sexual dimorphism in the face of genetic constraints” within the group of Assistant Professor Elina Immonen, at the Department of Ecology and Genetics.
The research of Dr. Immonen focuses on studying sex-specific selection and the genetics of sexual dimorphism, using experimental, genetic and genomic techniques. Read more about her work here: https://immonenelina.wordpress.com and http://www.ieg.uu.se/evolutionary-biology/immonen/. The PhD project will be carried out in collaboration with Professor Hans Ellegren (second supervisor to the PhD candidate). Professor Ellegren’s group studies many key questions in evolutionary biology, including the evolution of genetic diversity, using genomic and bioinformatic approaches (http://www.ieg.uu.se/evolutionary-biology/ellegren/).
Duties: The PhD candidate will investigate fitness consequences and the genetic architecture of genetic correlations between the sexes, using artificial selection, phenotypic assaying, and modern RNA and DNA sequencing technologies. The doctoral student is expected to learn to conduct her/his own research projects, to write articles and the dissertation, and take courses relevant to the research program.
Qualifications required: To be eligible for a PhD-student position the applicant must hold a master degree (or equivalent) in evolutionary biology, genetics, genomics, ecology, behavioral ecology, or other relevant field. We are looking for a highly motivated student, and in addition to scientific skills within the subject area, great emphasis will be placed on personal skills such as communication and collaboration skills, ability to work independently, scientific maturity and creativity. The candidate must be fluent in both spoken and written English.
Qualifications desired: Experience in conducting laboratory experiments in insects, molecular laboratory and bioinformatics skills, and in-depth knowledge in sexual selection and -conflict theories are desirable.
Position: The graduate program covers four years of full-time study. The position can be combined with teaching or other duties at the department (maximum 20%), which prolongs the employment with the corresponding time. The salary will be set according to local agreements. Rules governing PhD candidates are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 5, §§ 1-7 and in Uppsala university's rules and guidelines http://regler.uu.se/search/?hits=30&languageId=1&search-language_en=English. More information about postgraduate studies at Uppsala University is available at http://www.teknat.uu.se/education/postgraduate/.
Access: February 1, 2018 or as soon as possible, as agreed.
Application: The application should include 1) A letter of intent describing yourself, your research background and interests, motivation of why you want to do a PhD in general and within the field of the advertised position, and why you would be suitable for the position (max 1 page). 2) Your CV. 3) A short description of your education. 4) A copy of your master degree and course grades. 5) The names and contact information to at least two reference persons (email address and phone no.). 6) A copy of your master thesis. 7) Any publications produced. The application should be written in English.
Uppsala University aims for gender balance and diversity in all activities in order to achieve a higher quality at all levels of the organization. We therefore welcome applicants of any gender and with different birth background, functionality and life experience.
For further information about the position please contact: Assistant Professor Elina Immonen, firstname.lastname@example.org, +46 725 009060.
You are welcome to submit your application no later than December 15, 2017. UFV-PA 2017/3836.
We decline offers of recruitment and advertising help. We only accept the application the way described in the advertisement.
Placement: Department of Ecology and Genetics
Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months
Pay: Fixed pay
Number of positions: 1
Working hours: 100 %
County: Uppsala län
Suzanne Borén Andersson, TCO/ST
Per Sundman, Saco-rådet 018-471 1485
Ellena Papaioannou, Seko 018-471 3315
Number of reference: UFV-PA 2017/3836
Last application date: 2017-12-15