Researcher (temporary position) in Evolutionary Genomics University of Gothenburg, Department of Marine Sciences Sweden

Researcher (temporary position) in Evolutionary Genomics


Diary id:
PAR 2018/1674
Employment level:
Time limited employment (temporary)
Department of Marine Sciences
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The department for Marine Sciences ( is Sweden's most complete academic environment for marine research and education, and it is one of few such institutions in Europe. University of Gothenburg has outstanding marine infrastructure facilities including state-of-the-art equipment for marine research, two large marine research stations and a new 49 m research vessel ready to use in 2018 ( Researchers at our department also have access to the ice-breaker Oden for polar research ( The Department for Marine Sciences, founded 2015, brings together expertise in physical oceanography, marine chemistry, marine biology, marine geology, and marine heritage conservation. Thus the department has excellent opportunities to meet future challenges in marine research and education. Furthermore, the department hosts the Centre for Sea and Society ( an arena for all marine and maritime activities at University of Gothenburg. The Gothenburg region is also a national hub for marine governance with the Swedish Marine Institute (, hosted by University of Gothenburg, and the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management ( is located in Gothenburg.


The department of Marine Sciences are located with permanent staff in Gothenburg and at the research stations Kristineberg and Tjärnö on the Swedish west cost north of Gothenburg.


Subject area

Evolutionary genomics


Subject area description

Coelopa frigida is an important coastal invertebrate that inhabits “wrackbeds” (accumulations of decomposing seaweed). The scientific interest for this fly is that is has a chromosomal inversion on chromosome I (spanning 10% of the genome and containing at least 100 genes) that consists of an α and a β version. The inversion affects a wide range of phenotypic traits such as survival, mating success, development time, and adult size. We are currently developing C. frigida as a model system for studying the evolution of chromosomal inversions. We are amassing large genetic and phenotypic data sets examining multiple aspects of the evolution of the inversion such as the role of the inversion in adaptation across environmental clines, the role of the inversion in chemical signaling, and the relative contributions of coding changes vs gene expression in these processes. Finally, we are also starting to develop theoretical modeling to examine how the content of inversions changes over time.


Job assignments

The candidate will be part of two research groups in marine evolutionary biology and chemical ecology active both at Tjärnö Marine Research Station, outside Strömstad, and in Gothenburg.


The candidate is expected to contribute significantly to ongoing projects in the research group in a way that will make possible new insights and interpretations of the existing empirical data. The most important tasks for the candidate are:

  • Interpreting chemical and genetic data to find the genetic underpinnings of the chemical signaling in C. frigida


  • Conducting theoretical simulations using widely available software.

  • Analyze whole genome resequencing data from multiple populations.

  • Analyze at least two RNA-seq data sets. Generate a transcriptomic resource and conduct a differential expression analysis.

  • Writing at least three scientific publications with the results from the above projects.

In addition, the candidate is also expected to take part in other research-related activities at the department, and within the research group in particular.



Qualified for appointment as Researcher is a person who has been awarded a PhD degree in a subject area relevant for the position, for example, in genetics, evolutionary biology, or has achieved equivalent academic qualifications. A candidate with a foreign degree that is judged to be comparable is also eligible.

The candidate should have previous experience in the analysis of both chemical and genetic data. The candidate should have considerable bioinformatics skills, previous experience with both RNA and whole genome sequencing data, and experience with computer clusters. Previous theoretical experience is desirable as is previous experience working with dipterans is desirable.



Scientific proficiency will be the primary criteria for the assessment of merits.

The scientific proficiency is assessed with a focus on the candidate's capacity and earlier experience of working in the field of genetics, bioinformatics and evolutionary biology. Earlier experience of laboratory work with dipterans is valuable, as is earlier work combining chemical ecology and evolutionary biology. Previous experience with analysis of GC-MS spectra is an additional merit.

The assessment is based primarily on scientific publications in leading international journals and on participation in international conferences and workshops. Scientific proficiency is also assessed through indicated scientific independence, shown by successful scientific leadership or involvement in scientific collaborations, and design and implementation of research projects.

The successful candidate will be chosen based on an overall assessment of proficiency and potential within the subject area, the potential and ability to independently carry out the duties of the position, and the abilities to communicate, cooperate with others and contribute to a positive development of the department.



Type of employment: Fixed-term employment, five months
Extent: 75%
Location: Department of Marine Sciences, at Tjärnö 
First day of employment: As agreed


For further information about the position

Please contact professor Kerstin Johannesson (



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