at the Department of Zoology. Closing date: 31 May 2017.

The Department of Zoology consists of five international, interactive divisions: Ecology, Ethology, Functional Morphology, Population Genetics, and Systematics and Evolution. The advertised position will be part of the Division of Population Genetics.

Project description
Selected candidates will use experimental evolution with the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae (and its relatives) as model organism to study evolutionary processes such as adaptation, diversification, and speciation. The overall aim of the project is to develop an empirical system for studying the effects of hybridization on adaptation in rapidly changing environments – a major challenge falling within the nexus of evolutionary genetics and conservation biology.

Potential topics include but are not limited to

  1. the effects of hybridization on rates and mechanisms of adaptation,
  2. the genomic basis ofhybrid fitness, and
  3. the genomic basis of reproductive isolation.

I am looking for candidates with a strong interest in evolutionary and conservation biology, ideally with experience in experimental evolution studies and molecular genetics/genomics. Prior training in Saccharomyces yeast cultivation and quantitative genetics will be a plus. Applicants should be well-organized, good communicators, and happy to work in a team as well as independently. The work will mostly be lab-oriented but may include some fieldwork with natural yeast strains. The project includes laborious experimental evolution experiments, classic yeast cultivation and genetics, molecular genetics techniques, competitive growth assays, flow cytometry, and the collection and analysis of complex phenotypic and genomic data (RADseq, PacBio). The project will require hard work in the lab but at the same time provide excellent opportunities for personal initiatives and development towards a successful academic career. The working language of the group is English.

Qualification requirements
In order to meet the general entry requirements, the applicant must have completed a second-cycle degree, completed courses equivalent to at least 240 higher education credits, of which 60 credits must be in the second cycle, or have otherwise acquired equivalent knowledge in Sweden or elsewhere.

In order to meet the specific entry requirements, the general syllabus for doctoral studies in population genetics stipulates that applicants must have completed a Master degree (or equivalent) or have passed at least 120 ETCS (2 years) of biological studies, including an approved independent project in population genetics of at least 30 ECTS at advanced level. Applicants who have in principle acquired the corresponding competence in Sweden or in another country are also qualified.

Only a person who will be or has already been admitted to a third-cycle programme may be appointed to a doctoral studentship. The primary assessment criteria in appointing a doctoral student should be the capacity to benefit from the training.

Among qualified applicants, selection is made according to their capacity to benefit from the training. The criteria used are documented competence within the research area, good abilities to communicate and write in English, analytical thinking, creativity, initiative, independence, and great team work performance. The applicant’s experience within the research area will be assessed by the quality of previous research work, personal references, and an application indicating the applicant’s motivation in written form.

Admission Regulations for Doctoral Studies at Stockholm University are available at:

Terms of employment
The term of the initial contract may not exceed one year. The employment may be extended for a maximum of two years at a time. However, the total period of employment may not exceed the equivalent of four years of full-time study.

Doctoral students should primarily devote themselves to their own education, but may engage in teaching, research, and administration corresponding to a maximum of 20 % of a full-time position.

Please note that admission decisions cannot be appealed.

Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all.

For more information, please contact Rike Stelkens, telephone: +46 8 16 42 82,

Union representatives
Anqi Lindblom-Ahlm (Saco-S) and Lisbeth Häggberg (Fackförbundet ST and Lärarförbundet), telephone: +46 8 16 20 00 (operator), (SEKO), and PhD student representative,

Apply for the position at Stockholm University's recruitment system by clicking the "Apply" button. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline.

Please include the following information with your application

  • Your contact details and personal data
  • Your highest degree
  • Your language skills
  • Contact details for 2 references

and, in addition, please include the following documents

  • Cover letter including personal presentation and motivation for the project
  • CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of degree projects/theses
  • Degree certificates and grades confirming that you meet the general and specific entry requirements (no more than 6 files)
  • Letters of recommendation (no more than 3 files)
  • Degree projects/theses (no more than 3 files)

The instructions for applicants are available at: Instructions – Applicants.

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Closing date: 31/05/2017