We have an open position for a researcher within the ERC-funded project SuperGenE: Supergene evolution in a classic plant system – bringing the study of distyly to the genomic era.
Project Description: The aim of this project is to investigate the genomic architecture underlying the balanced floral polymorphism distyly in wild Linum species. Specifically, we will identify the genomic region (termed supergene) that governs distyly and test whether this supergene exhibits evolutionary genetic similarities to sex chromosomes in Linum. For this purpose, we will conduct evolutionary genetic analyses of cutting-edge genomic data to comprehensively investigate the tempo and mode of recombination suppression, the impact of natural selection, and regulatory evolution at the supergene in three distylous species. We will also investigate the genetic basis and population genomic consequences of three losses of distyly that are likely associated with a change in the breeding system.
Main responsibilities: The researcher will conduct evolutionary genetic analyses of genomic and gene expression data. The position may also include sampling of natural plant populations in the Mediterranean region.
Qualification requirements: A PhD degree is required. Training in evolutionary genetics or population genomics is required. Experience of bioinformatic analyses of large-scale genomic or gene expression data is beneficial. Experience of evolutionary genetic studies of sex chromosome evolution is beneficial, but not required.
Terms of employment: The position involves full-time employment for a maximum of two years, with the possibility of extension. Start date immediately or as per agreement.
Application information: Apply for the position through Stockholm University’s recruitment system. Deadline to apply is June 1st, 2018!
General information on opportunities for PhD students and post-docs
If you find our research topics interesting and would like to join the lab, you are welcome to contact Tanja Slotte directly. For prospective postdocs, there is an opportunity to apply for a postdoctoral fellowship from the Wenner-Gren foundation (deadline in October) and from the Carl Tryggers foundation (deadline in May) every year. Other funding sources for postdocs include EMBO LTF fellowships (evaluated twice a year) and Marie-Curie fellowships. PhD student positions will be officially announced through Stockholm University.
Undergraduate students and master students
If you are interested in evolutionary genomics and want to develop your skills in population genetic analyses, then we may have a project for you! Please contact Tanja Slotte if you find our research interesting and would like to discuss opportunities for a Master/degree project.