Postdoctoral Fellow in Yeast Evolution and Genomics

Stockholm University Department of Zoology

Postdoctoral Fellow in Yeast Evolution and Genomics Stockholm

Ref. No. SU FV-1258-21


at the Department of Zoology. Closing date: 30 April 2021.

The Department of Zoology at Stockholm University consists of five divisions: Ecology, Ethology, Functional Zoomorphology, Population Genetics, and Systematics & Evolution. The department accommodates 45–50 staff and a similar number of PhD students. The advertised postdoctoral position will be placed in the Division of Population Genetics.

Project description

We are looking for a postdoc to join our yeast evolution and genomics lab at Stockholm University, Sweden. Members of our lab are currently working on a range of topics including the effects of hybridization on rates and mechanisms of adaptation, the genetic basis of hybrid fitness, adaptation to environmental stress, epistasis, fitness landscapes, speciation mechanisms, transposable element evolution, and phylogenomics. We use both experimental and theoretical approaches. While the project the applicant will work on is flexible and depends on personal preferences and ideas, the applicant is encouraged to develop a project that harnesses the power of experimental evolution, genomics, and the model yeast system Saccharomyces, to address fundamental questions in evolutionary biology. 

Main responsibilities

This position is 100 % research within the project described above.

Qualification requirements

Postdoctoral positions are appointed primarily for purposes of research. Applicants are expected to hold a Swedish doctoral degree or an equivalent degree from another country.

Assessment criteria

The degree should have been completed no more than three years before the deadline for applications. An older degree may be acceptable under special circumstances, which may involve sick leave, parental leave, clinical attachment, elected positions in trade unions, or similar. PhD degree should preferably focused on evolutionary biology, genomics or a related subject. 

In the appointment process, special attention will be given to research skills. Applicants will have a strong interest in evolutionary processes, especially in adaptation mechanisms, speciation and conservation genetics, and be familiar with the principles of quantitative and population genetics.

Ideally, the candidate has experience in experimental evolution, molecular genetics/genomics, and bioinformatics. Prior training in Saccharomyces yeast experimentation and strong quantitative skills are desirable. Applicants should be well-organized, self-motivated, good communicators, and happy to work in an international team.

Terms of employment

The position involves full-time employment for a maximum of two years, with the possibility of extension under special circumstances. Start date August 2021 or as agreed.

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Further information about the position can be obtained from Dr. Rike Stelkens, Associate Professor,

Union representatives

Ingrid Lander (Saco-S), telephone: +46 708 16 26 64,, Alejandra Pizarro Carrasco (Fackförbundet ST/Lärarförbundet), telephone: +46 8 16 34 89,, and (SEKO).


Apply for the position at Stockholm University's recruitment system. 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 2–3 references

and, in addition, please include the following documents

  • Cover letter indicating your interests and your project ideas
  • CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of publications
  • Copy of PhD diploma.

The instructions for applicants are available at: How to apply for a position.

You are welcome to apply!

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Closing date: 30/04/2021