Postdoctoral Researcher in Genomics and One Doctoral Student in Statistical Ecology

University of Oulu Faculty of Science

One Postdoctoral Researcher and One Doctoral Student in Genomics and One Doctoral Student in Statistical Ecology for Fall and Rise of Endangered Species: Detection of Genomic and Population Ecological Signals of Decreasing and Increasing Populations


The North changes the world – more sustainable, more intelligent, more humane. We at the University of Oulu work as part of the international science community to produce new scientific information and science-based solutions. We are committed to educate future pioneers to build a more sustainable, intelligent and humane world. Creating new, taking responsibility and succeeding together are values that build a strong foundation for all our actions. We offer a working environment where individuals can cultivate their skills, do meaningful work, and develop professionally. Our university's several specialized research and service units enable extensive and diverse development and career opportunities for experts in various fields.

Kvantum Institute is one of the four strategic focus institutes supporting high-quality research, coordinating multidisciplinary research activities and doctoral training. Kvantum’s science-based expertise meets global challenges in the focus areas Sustainable materials and systems and Changing climate and northern environment. The Institute promotes interdisciplinary networking of research groups as well as co-operation between groups and national and international partners.

We are now looking for

one Postdoctoral Researcher and two Doctoral Students

to study population genomic and ecological parameters and their connection in population size changes in a project “Fall and Rise of Endangered Species: Detection of Genomic and Population Ecological Signals of Decreasing and Increasing Populations”.

Description of the positions

The Postdoctoral Researcher will focus on examining genomic effects of population bottlenecks and growth. The post-doctoral researcher will focus on bioinformatics of genomic data of wolves, wolverines and golden eagles.
One Doctoral Student will study genomic erosion in wolves, wolverines and golden eagles,
The other Doctoral Student will work to develop a spatio-temporal model to combine population ecological and genomic parameters for estimation of population viability in the above mentioned species.

Description of the research group

The postdoctoral researcher will be placed in the Ecology and Genetics Research Unit and will join the research group of Wildlife genomics (https://www.oulu.fi/wildlifegenomics/). The group is lead by Prof. Jouni Aspi and Doc. Laura Kvist and consists of a varying number of post-docs, PhD students and master’s students. The research of the group is focused broadly on evolutionary, ecological and conservation genetics/genomics, molecular ecology and landscape genetics and phylogeography. Current research includes, e.g. usage of ancient DNA, studying animal domestication, and investigating genetic effects of post-glacial recolonization processes and habitat fragmentation. The group members collaborate closely with many other research groups, both nationally and internationally.

The Doctoral Student for genomic erosion will be placed in the Ecology and Genetics Research Unit and will be supervised mainly by Doc. Laura Kvist and Prof Jouni Aspi. The student will join the research group of Wildlife Genomics (https://www.oulu.fi/wildlifegenomics/) at the Ecology and Genetics Research Unit. The group is led by Prof. Jouni Aspi and Doc. Laura Kvist and consists of a varying number of post-docs, PhD students and master’s students. The research of the group is focused broadly on evolutionary, ecological and conservation genetics/genomics, molecular ecology and landscape genetics and phylogeography. Current research includes, e.g. usage of ancient DNA, studying animal domestication, and investigating genetic effects of post-glacial recolonization processes and habitat fragmentation. The group members collaborate closely with many other research groups, both nationally and internationally.

The Doctoral Student for spatio-temporal modeling will be placed in the Research Unit of Mathematical Sciences and will be supervised mainly by Prof. Mikko Sillanpää. We collaborate closely with many other research groups, both nationally and internationally.

Qualification requirements

Postdoctoral Researcher position: PhD in biology, genetics or related discipline. The PhD degree must have been received no more than 10 years ago. Demonstrated experience in bioinformatics with genomic data, fluency in both written and spoken English, good communication and teamwork skills and strong and consistent record of scientific publishing in the top journals of the research field.

Doctoral Student positions:

For the study of genomic erosion: Master’s degree with good grades in biology, genetics or related discipline.
For the spatio-temporal modeling study: Master’s degree with good grades in mathematics, statistics or related discipline, good knowledge of biology and genetics is regarded as an advantage for the position.
For both positions: Fluency in both written and spoken English. Good communication and teamwork skills. The selected candidate will carry out her/his doctoral studies within the University of Oulu Graduate School (UniOGS) and must meet the requirements to receive doctoral study rights as defined in: http://www.oulu.fi/uniogs/requirements_for_admission.

What we offer

You will become a part of a highly talented research group, that is working on strategically and globally significant research area
You will receive support from your team and supervisor, so that you can excel in your studies and research
In addition to modern research facilities, we offer you personnel benefits such as occupational healthcare and affordable sport services
4-year position, beginning on January 1, 2021 (or as soon as possible thereafter)
A salary in accordance with the Finnish universities salary system (for teaching and research personnel): A Postdoctoral Researcher will be based on demand level 5 – 6 and a Doctoral Student level 2 – 4. In addition, a salary component based on personal work performance will be paid (maximum of 50% of the job-specific component). Typical starting salary for a Postdoctoral Researcher is approx. 3400€ per month (before taxes) and for a Doctoral Student approx. 2350€ per month (before taxes). A trial period of six months will be applied.

How to apply

Applications, together with all relevant enclosures, should be submitted using the electronic application form by November 1st, 2020 at 23:59 (Finnish local time). The application should be written in English and include the following:

1) A motivation letter (max. 2 pages) summarizing applicant’s professional experience and expertise and describing why applicant is interested in this position. Also, information on personal research interests, experience and career plans are valuable to provide here

2) Curriculum vitae (max. 4 pages) in accordance with the guidelines of the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity http://www.tenk.fi/en/template-researchers-curriculum-vitae

3) List of publications based on the guidelines of the Academy of Finland https://www.aka.fi/en/funding/apply-for-funding/az-index-of-application-guidelines/list-of-publications/

4) Certificates/Diplomas: Scanned copy of the original doctoral degree certificate (Postdoctoral Researcher position) or of the original Master's degree certificate (Doctoral Student position) and transcript of records and, when necessary, official translations to Finnish or English

5) Contact information of two senior/experienced researchers who may be asked to give a statement on the candidate

Only applications containing all relevant appendices and submitted through portal will be considered.
Top candidates will be invited to an on-site or remote interview.

Further information

For Postdoctoral Researcher and Doctoral Student in genomics:

Laura Kvist, Ecology and Genetics Research Unit (laura.kvist@oulu.fi)

For Doctoral Student in spatio-temporal modeling:

Mikko Sillanpää, Research Unit of Mathematical Sciences (mikko.sillanpaa@oulu.fi).

City of Oulu

The Oulu region is home to over 200 000 people making it the largest urban centre in northern Scandinavia and one of the fastest growing regions in Finland. Oulu is a combination of beautiful, northern nature, vivid cultural life and modern technology. Oulu is also known for its highly-educated people and friendly, easy-going atmosphere. Find out more about Oulu: https://www.oulu.fi/university/living-in-oulu

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