at the Department of Zoology. Closing date: 1 March 2018.

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

Project description
Selected candidates will use experimental evolution with the budding yeast Saccharomyces to study evolutionary processes. Potential topics include but are not limited to 1) adaptation to changing environments, 2) the genetic architecture of fitness and 3) hybrid speciation.

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 is a plus. Applicants should be able to think quantitatively, be well-organized, good communicators, and happy to work in our growing team as well as independently

Training will be provided in: experimental evolution, molecular genetics, sequencing, statistics, bioinformatics, yeast cultivation, and microbiology. The work will mostly be lab-based but may include some fieldwork with natural yeasts. There is flexibility within the project for the student to develop their own interests, with guidance and support from the supervisor and the department. The working language of the group is English.

Latest start date is 1 August 2018.

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 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 (or equivalent) of at least 30 ECTS at advanced level.

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

The selection among the eligible candidates will be based on their capacity to benefit from the training. The following criteria will be used to assess this capacity: 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
Only a person who will be or has already been admitted to a third-cycle programme may be appointed to a doctoral studentship.

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 23,

Union representatives
Ingrid Lander (Saco-S), telephone: +46 708 16 26 64,, and Lisbeth Häggberg (Fackförbundet ST and Lärarförbundet), telephone: +46 8 16 20 00 (operator), (SEKO), and PhD student representative,

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 would appreciate it if your application is written in English.

Please include the following information with your application

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

and, in addition, please include the following documents

  • Cover letter
  • 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: 01/03/2018