Researcher in Natural Science, specializing in Plant Population Genomics
University of Gothenburg Faculty of Science

Researcher in Natural Science, specializing in Plant Population Genomics

Diary id:PAR 2020/843

Employment level:Fixed term

Location:Department of Biological and Environmental Science

Apply by:2020-08-04

Project description

Understanding which factors determine how a species responds to environmental change allows us to anticipate future shifts in community composition. Populations that experience severe stress, such as in the face of climate change, may avoid extinction through adaptation by natural selection. This process is known as evolutionary rescue and can provide a means for species conservation. Our objectives are to leverage plant genomic diversity to 1) infer population structure and genetic diversity, 2) determine adaptive potential to future predicted climate change, and 3) model the future spread of allelic variation and adaptive genotypes. Through a combination of existing common garden experiments and sampling from natural populations, together with genomics and ecological niche models, we aim to identify adaptive potential to climate change across scales and over time. Linking information about intraspecific genomic responses to climate will allow us to better predict population and species persistence under different future climate change scenarios. The project will likely involve a combination of field work at one or more Amazonian and/or Arctic locations, development of target sequence capture data, leverage of existing full genome data, and data synthesis using public databases.

The researcher will be hosted in the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences under the supervision of Dr. Christine D. Bacon. There will be ample opportunity for collaboration with other scientists in the Biological & Environmental Sciences at the University of Gothenburg, as well as at Lund University. The project is linked to the strategic research area BECC (Biodiversity and Ecosystem services in a Changing Climate;

Job assignments

This employment includes the following tasks:

  • conducting independent and collaborative research
  • responsibility for managing own workload
  • production of scientific articles
  • effective communication across the team and beyond
  • including in seminars and conferences, amongst others.


The applicant must hold a PhD degree in an area relevant for the tasks at hand e.g., genomics, biodiversity research, computational biology, or conservation. The exam must be finished before closing date for this announcement.


We are seeking a highly motivated person to take a leading role in this project. The following skills are crucial for this employment:

  • expert skills in programming languages such as R, Python, Bash
  • excellent communication skills in English, written and spoken

We will consider the following selection criteria for the applicant:

  • previous scientific production (scientific publications and software, if applicable)
  • specialist skills (genomic informatics and analysis)
  • soft skills (communication, ability to collaborate, independence etc)

The application must be written in English and include:

  • A cover letter briefly stating why you are applying for this position and why you would be a suitable candidate. Consider the selection criteria listed above for the applicant
  • A full list of qualifications (CV) including contact information to 2-3 potential referees
  • Certificate of PhD exam and other educations of relevance
  • Complete list of publications, including submitted and accepted manuscripts
  • Employments certificates and other documents deemed important by the applicant

The top ranked candidates will be selected for an interview, which will be held in English and could also be performed over Skype or Zoom.

The employment

The employment is a full-time position for two years placed at the Department of Biological and Environmental Science. Start October 1st, 2020 or upon agreement.

How to apply

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For further information please contact

Dr. Christine D. Bacon, Senior Lecturer
Phone: +46 76 618 51 67

Henrik Aronsson, Professor and Head of Department
Phone: +46 31 786 48 02


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Salary is determined on an individual basis.

Applications will be destroyed or returned (upon request) two years after the decision of employment has become final. Applications from the employed and from those who appeal the decision will not be returned.

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