Uppsala University, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our mission is to pursue top-quality research and education and to interact constructively with society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has 46.000 students, 7.300 employees and a turnover of SEK 7.3 billion.

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 areas; cancer, infections and defense as well as genetics and genomics. More info: http://www.imbim.uu.se/research-areas/

Leif Andersson’s research group at IMBIM is now seeking a motivated candidate with the ability to work independently and with a strong interest in pursuing a PhD degree in Genomics with specialization in evolution and population genetics at Uppsala University. The research project will focus on exploring mechanisms underlying genetic adaptation in natural populations.

Project description and working tasks: The aim of the project is to advance our understanding how species genetically adapt to the environment and identify specific genes and mutations that contribute to this evolutionary process. The aim is also to advance knowledge concerning the function of the genes that contribute to adaptation. As an example, we have recently reported how mutations in rhodopsin allowed the herring to genetically adapt to the red-shifted light environment in the Baltic Sea. We have generated whole genome sequence data from several species including Atlantic herring and all species of Darwin’s finches. In this PhD project, bioinformatics analysis will be used to explore how natural selection shapes genetic diversity and how that contributes to adaptation.

More information about the group: https://www.imbim.uu.se/research-groups/genetics-and-genomics/Andersson_Leif/

Qualifications: Candidates should hold a Master’s degree or equivalent, with a focus on genetics, genomics and/or bioinformatics. Experience in population genetics, the analysis of whole genome sequence data, statistics and programming is valuable for the project. Good oral and written communication skills in English are required. Emphasis will also be given on personal qualities such as collaboration and communication skills as well as analytical capacity. The candidate is expected to take own initiatives as well as to collaborate with national and international colleagues both within and outside of the group.

The selection is based on the following criteria: Completion of the above qualifications, grades in relevant courses, suitability of the courses to the research program, previous experience in working and/or performing research in the wider area that relates to the project described above. An integrated assessment of the applicant is generated in order to employ the best possible candidate that can succeed in the doctoral studies and contribute to a positive development of the research program.

To be employed as a PhD student, the applicant must be accepted in the postgraduate program. Information concerning doctoral education, requirements and rules of admission can be found in: http://www2.medfarm.uu.se/utbildning/forskarniva/. The length of the study period for full time employment is a maximum of four years. Terms for graduate studies can be found in Högskoleförordningen 5 kap §§1-7.

Formal Duties: The successful candidate will engage in research and doctoral studies. Other duties at the department, i.e. administration and teaching, may be included in the employment up to a maximum level of 20 %.

Application: Please submit your application by using the Uppsala University application portal, and by including i) a CV, ii) publications and/or a copy of master thesis or equivalent, iii) a letter describing your research interests, skills and motivation to apply for the position, together with iv) contact information of at least two referees (phone numbers and e-mail addresses).

Uppsala University strives to be an inclusive workplace that promotes equal opportunities and attracts qualified candidates who can contribute to the University’s excellence and diversity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and from people of all backgrounds.

Salary: According to local agreement for PhD students.

Starting date: As soon as possible or as otherwise agreed.

Type of position: Full time position.

For further information about the position please contact: Leif Andersson leif.andersson@imbim.uu.se.

Please submit your application by December 16, 2019, UFV-PA 2019/4142.

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Type of employment PhD placement
Contract type Full time
First day of employment as soon as possible or as otherwise agreed
Salary according to local agreement
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Uppsala
County Uppsala län
Country Sweden
Reference number UFV-PA 2019/4142
Union representative
  • Saco-rådet, saco@uadm.uu.se
  • ST/TCO, tco@fackorg.uu.se
  • Seko Universitetsklubben, seko@uadm.uu.se
Published 22.Nov.2019
Last application date 16.Dec.2019 11:59 PM CET

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