at the Department of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences. Closing date: 23 February 2018.

At the Department of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences at Stockholm University, research and education is conducted in an international environment. The subject areas are Ecology and Evolution, Ecotoxicology, Marine Biology, Plant Physiology and Plant Systematics. Some of the research has direct environmental and societal relevance and the approach is often broad and interdisciplinary. About 140 people are working at the Department, of which ca. 35 are teachers and researchers and 50 are PhD students.

Project description
The Department of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences invites applications for a four-year PhD position part of the project Genome evolution in parasitic plants. Several groups of angiosperms are parasites, which makes them more or less dependent on a host for nutrient supply. This project aims at understanding the evolution and consequences of host-parasite interactions at the genomic level. The current PhD project will primarily focus on evolution of organelle genomes in parasitic plants. Special emphasis will be given to Mistletoes and related genera, in which substantial and unexpected alterations of the mitochondrial genome are already documented. Comparative studies of completely assembled organelle genomes will be supplemented with targeted sequencing and analysis of selected genes.

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 the field of Plant Systematics stipulates that applicants must have completed at least 60 higher education credits in the second cycle, of which 15 credits must be from a course in Plant Systematics, and 30 credits from a project in Plant Systematics. Applicants may also have otherwise acquired equivalent knowledge in Sweden or elsewhere.

The qualification requirements must be met by the deadline for applications.

Selection
The criteria used in the selection for admittance to research training in Plant Systematics are knowledge of theory and applications in the research field, ability to communicate orally and in writing, knowledge of English, creativity, initiative, independence and collaboration ability. Hands-on experience with Next Generation Sequencing and bioinformatics tools will be considered special merits, as well as good knowledge of phylogenetics.

Admission Regulations for Doctoral Studies at Stockholm University are available at: www.su.se/rules.

Terms of employment
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.

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.

Contact
For more information, please contact the Head of Department, Professor Ove Eriksson, telephone: +46 8 16 12 04, ove.eriksson@su.se.

Further information about the position can be obtained from the Subject Representative, Professor Catarina Rydin, telephone: +46 8 16 12 15, catarina.rydin@su.se.

Union representatives
Ingrid Lander (Saco-S) and Lisbeth Häggberg (Fackförbundet ST and Lärarförbundet), telephone: +46 8 16 20 00 (operator), seko@seko.su.se (SEKO), and PhD student representative, doktorandombud@sus.su.se

Application

Apply for the PhD student 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. We recommend that you hand in your application, including necessary documents, in English.

Please include the following information with your application

  • Your contact details and personal data
  • Your highest university degree
  • Your language skills
  • Contact details for 2–3 reference persons

and, in addition, please include the following documents

  • Cover letter (2-3 pages), containing
    – Your expectations from, and intentions with the education
    – Why you are interested in the specific project
    – What makes you suitable for the specific 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)
  • Degree projects/theses (no more than 6 files).

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

You are welcome to apply!

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Closing date: 23/02/2018