Thursday, 16 February 2012

Postdoctoral Researcher in Evolutionary Biology at Uppsala University, Sweden

Uppsala University hereby declares the following positions to be open for application:

Postdoctoral Researcher in Evolutionary Biology

at the Department of Ecology and Genetics, Evolutionary Biology Centre (EBC). Starting date: May 1st, 2012, or as soon as possible after this date.

The Evolutionary Biology Center hosts one of the world’s largest aggregations of evolutionary biologists, and is a prime research environment for a wide range of fields in evolutionary biology (see “ ” for more information). The working atmosphere is very international with English as our operational
language. Uppsala University is the oldest university in Scandinavia and the city of Uppsala is a vibrant student town with beautiful surroundings conveniently situated 40 minutes with train from Stockholm.

Brief research outline: The research will aim at improving our understanding of the architecture of sexually antagonistic genetic variation. Insects (seed beetles and/or fruit flies) will serve as main model systems and the research will primarily employ quantitative genetic techniques. The research will establish a series of discrete genotypes and use crosses between these to describe and understand the architecture of sexually antagonistic genetic variation. Traits in focus are sex specific measures of life history traits (especially metabolic parameters) and life-time fitness.

This postdoctoral position forms a part of a new project on genetic conflict, funded by the European Research Council and the Swedish Research Council. The entire project will employ some 6-8 postdocs and PhD students, apart from a full time TA and the PI, and will strongly encourage interactions and collaborations within the group.
Salary and appointment: Period of appointment is two years. Uppsala University adopts an individual salary policy but the starting salary for postdoctoral researchers is typically about 29.000 SEK per month and includes full social benefits.

Eligibility: The successful candidate must have a Ph.D, or an exam which is judged comparable to a PhD, that was completed within three years of the application deadline. Applicants that received their PhD earlier than this date will be considered if special circumstances exist (such as prolonged periods of illness, parental leave, military service, union duties and others of similar character).

Qualifications and merits: We seek candidates with a documented expertise in quantitative genetic analyses and with a firm understanding of life history theory. Experience of laboratory work with insects is a merit as is previous experience of work with respirometry assays of metabolism. Because the holder of this position will collaborate and interact closely with other members of the group, we will put emphasis on both independence and ability to collaborate.

To apply: Candidates should submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae including a list of publications and a short (1-3 pages) description of past research accomplishments and future research ambitions. Applicants should also include names and e-mail addresses of two referees and should specify the date they will be available to begin the position.

For further information about the position, please contact the PI of the group: Professor Göran Arnqvist (phone +46 18 471 2645, e-mail The trade union representatives are Anders Grundström, Saco (the Swedish Confederation of Professional Associations), phone +46 18 471 5380, Carin Söderhäll, TCO/ST (the Swedish Confederation of Professional Employees), phone +46 18 471 1996, and Stefan Djurström, Seko (the Union of Service and Communication Employees), phone +46 18 471 3315.

You are welcome to submit your application no later than March 20, 2012 (UFV-PA 2012/67). Use the link below to access the on-line application portal.
Postdoctoral Researcher in Evolutionary Biology

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