Researcher in Population Genomics of Arctic Bumblebees
Uppsala University Department of Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology

Researcher - Population Genomics of Arctic Bumblebees

Published: 2021-06-03

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The Department of Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology (IMBIM) at Uppsala University provides a broad international environment for research and teaching. The Department's research covers three collaborative and partially integrated sections: Cancer, infections and immunity as well as genetics and genomics. More info:

Description: In recent work in Matthew Webster's group, we investigated the history of divergence in alpine bumblebees in Colorado, inferring the presence of a new cryptic species and illuminating mechanisms of speciation. We now plan to extend these analyses to investigate evolutionary history and genetic diversity of these groups of species in arctic environments worldwide. The project will focus initially on conservation genetics, and will subsequently probe the genetic basis of morphological evolution and changes in genetic variation over time in these species.

More information on this line of research is available in this publication:

Christmas et al. (2021) Genetic Barriers to Historical Gene Flow between Cryptic Species of Alpine Bumblebees Revealed by Comparative Population Genomics. Molecular Biology and Evolution, msab086,

The main duties will involve analysis of next-generation sequencing data, including processing of raw data, and statistical analysis using population/evolutionary genetics methods. Involvement in sample collection, morphometric analysis, work with museum samples, molecular lab work and teaching/supervision of students is also possible depending on requirements of the projects and interests of the candidate. Involvement in writing a report on genetic diversity of these species for the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency based on the results is also expected.

Qualifications required: To be eligible for this position, applicants must hold a Ph.D. degree or a foreign degree equivalent to a PhD degree in a relevant field. Successful candidates should be proficient and experienced in bioinformatics and statistics, including scripting (perl, python or similar) and R, analysis of next-gen sequencing data, and population genomics. A strong interest in population genetics, conservation genetics, evolution and genomics is also desirable. Excellent communication skills and high level of motivation are required. Good spoken and written English is required

Salary: Individual.

Starting date: As soon as possible or by arrangement.

Type of employment: Full-time, temporary position for a period of one year with eventual possibility to extension.

Scope of employment: 100 %.

Information is provided by: Professor Matthew Webster,

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Placement: Department of Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology

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

Pay: Individual

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100 %

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: Saco-rådet
Seko Universitetsklubben

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2021/2346

Last application date: 2021-06-28

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