Opportunities

Open positions

Two 2-year postdoctoral positions and one PhD student position are currently available – deadline for postdoc applications is February 15, 2018 and for PhD student applications February 23, 2018.

Two positions to work on the ERC funded project SuperGenE

  • Do you want to analyze cutting-edge genomic data to test if a floral supergene evolves as a sex chromosome?
  • Do you want to revisit a classic plant system described by Darwin using modern genomic methods?
  • Do you enjoy bioinformatics and problem solving?

We are looking for a highly motivated PhD student and postdoctoral fellow to work within the ERC funded project SuperGenE: Supergene evolution in a classic plant system.  In this project, we will investigate evolutionary processes at one of the first discovered supergenes. This supergene governs a balanced floral polymorphism termed distyly, that ensures outcrossing and efficient pollen transfer between compatible plants. We will conduct these studies in Linum, where the dynamic nature of distyly presents an outstanding opportunity to study supergene evolution and loss.

Postdoctoral fellow in Evolutionary Genomics

The postdoctoral fellow will be responsible for generating multiple high-quality de novo genome assemblies using long-read sequencing data from six Linum species with and without distyly. The postdoctoral fellow will also perform annotation, comparative genomic analyses, and evolutionary genetic analyses. The position is for two years, with possibility for extension. For more information on required qualifications and how to apply, see the full ad on the Stockholm University webpages. Deadline for applications: February 15, 2018.

PhD student in Ecology and Evolution

The PhD student will work together with the postdoctoral fellow within the ERC-funded project SuperGenE. The student will focus on evolutionary genomic analyses of S-locus evolution in Linum and population genomic effects of mating system shifts, so a strong interest in evolutionary genetics is required for this position. Responsibilities will also include experimental plant work and some basic molecular genetics lab work. Fieldwork in Mediterranean countries may also be included. For more information on required qualifications and how to apply, see the full ad on the Stockholm University webpages. Deadline for applications: February 23, 2018.

Postdoctoral fellow in Population Genomics

We are looking for a highly motivated postdoctoral fellow to work within a project concerning the population genomic consequences of plant mating system shifts and the impact of selection on linked sites on plant genomic variation. Whole-genome and whole-transcriptome sequence data sets from multiple species are already available, and more are currently being generated in the lab. The project focuses on Brassicaceae species, but may also involve work on other systems.

The position involves research on the population genomic effects of plant mating system shifts, and will include analysis of large-scale population genomic data and population genomic simulations. The position may also include sampling of natural plant populations in the Mediterranean region.

The position is for two years. For more information on required qualifications and how to apply, see the full ad on the Stockholm University webpages. Deadline for applications: February 15, 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.