Postdoctoral fellowship in population genomics of plant mating system shifts

A postdoctoral fellowship in population genomics of plant mating system shifts is currently available in the research group of Dr. Tanja Slotte at Stockholm University. Deadline for applications is June 7th, 2019.

Project description

Plant mating systems, such as shifts from outcrossing to selfing, have profound effects on levels and structuring of genetic variation, and are expected to have a marked effect on the impact of natural selection. 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 postdoctoral fellow will conduct research on the population genomic effects of plant mating system shifts, including analysis of large-scale population genomic data and population genomic simulations.


The postdoctoral fellow will join a group of postdocs and PhD students led by Dr. Tanja Slotte (, at the Dept. of Ecology, Environment and Plant Science, Stockholm University. The working atmosphere is international with English as the working language, and the position offers plenty of opportunities for scientific exchange with both genomicists, evolutionary biologists and ecologists.


Applicants are required to hold a PhD, preferably in population genetics, evolutionary genetics, bioinformatics, or a related subject. Experience of analyses of large-scale population genomic data is required. Experience of population genetic simulations is beneficial. Bioinformatics problem solving skills and scripting/programming skills are beneficial. Candidates must have excellent proficiency in English. The postdoctoral fellow needs to be able to work well in a collaborative environment, as well as independently. Finally, creativity and drive are personal characteristics that are desirable.

The position

The position is funded by a tax-free stipend (20,000 SEK per month) awarded by the Carl Tryggers foundation, initially available for one year. The regulations of the foundation require that the candidate is an incoming postdoc (i.e. the PhD degree should not be from Stockholm University). Start date per agreement, but no later than December 2019.


The application material should be saved as a single pdf file and contain:

  1. A letter of motivation outlining your motivation and suitability for this position
  2. A complete CV including a list of publications and contact information for 2-3 references
  3. Copy of PhD diploma

To apply, please send your application to Dr. Tanja Slotte directly at tanja.slotte [AT] Informal inquiries are also welcome.

Reviewing candidates will begin on June 7th 2019 and continue until a suitable candidate is found. The final candidate will have to be approved by the foundation.