Researcher in Ecological Genetics/Genomics
Uppsala University Department of Ecology and Genetics

Researcher in ecological genetics/genomics

Published: 2021-12-17

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A position as a researcher in ecological genetics/genomics is available at the Department of Ecology and Genetics, in the program of Plant Ecology and Evolution.

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Project description

This project examines the ecological and genetic mechanisms behind adaptive population differentiation in plants, and the capacity for adaptive evolution in natural populations in response to environmental change.  


Research into the genetic and ecological mechanisms underlying adaptive differentiation among natural populations of the plant model organism Arabidopsis thaliana. The research will be conducted within the framework of an international research collaboration. The goals are to identify QTL (quantitative trait loci) contributing to local adaptation and to key traits involved in adaptation, to characterize the effects, genetic basis and geographic distribution of QTL alleles, and to examine whether adaptive evolution in local populations is constrained by trade-offs and pleiotropy, and/or the fixation of deleterious mutations. One focus will be on the genetic basis and adaptive significance of variation in flowering time. Duties include the establishment and monitoring of experiments in the field and under controlled conditions in the lab, QTL-mapping, data analysis, and the preparation of manuscripts for publication. Specific subprojects can be tailored to the skills and interests of the successful candidate.

Qualifications required

A PhD degree or a foreign degree equivalent to a PhD degree in evolutionary ecology or population genetics. In the ranking of eligible candidates, importance will primarily be given to scientific proficiency. In the assessment of scientific qualifications, special importance will be given to research in evolutionary ecology, population genetics, genomics and bioinformatic analysis, QTL-mapping, and ecophysiology. We attach great importance to personal qualities such as ability to work and interact efficiently in a group. Candidates must be able to express themselves fluently in spoken as well as written English.

Qualifications desired: Experience in bioinformatic analysis is an advantage.

About the employment

The employment is a temporary position for 24 months. Scope of employment 100 %. Starting date 2022-03-01 or as agreed. Placement: Uppsala. 

Salary: Individual salary.

For further information about the position, please contact: Professor Jon Ågren,, +46 70 643 6364.

Application: The application should include (1) a letter of intent describing yourself, your research interests and motivation of why you want to work as a postdoctoral researcher/fellow and why you are suitable for the position, (2) a CV, (3) a short description of your education, (4) a copy of your PhD degree, your grades and a copy of your thesis, (5) name and contact information to at least two reference persons (e-mail address and phone no.), (6) relevant publications. The application should be written in English.

Please submit your application by 1 February 2022, UFV-PA2021/4948. 

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Placement: Department of Ecology and Genetics

Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months

Pay: Individual salary

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100%

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: Seko Universitetsklubben

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2021/4948

Last application date: 2022-02-01

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