Postdoctoral Researcher in Molecular Ecology

Uppsala University Department of Ecology and Genetics

Postdoctoral Researcher in Molecular Ecology


Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our mission is to pursue top-quality research and education and to interact constructively with society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has 44.000 students, 7.100 employees and a turnover of SEK 7 billion.

A position as a postdoctoral researcher/fellow in molecular ecology is available at the Department of Ecology and Genetics, specify the program.

The Department of Ecology and Genetics is an international environment with staff and students from all over the world. Our research spans from evolutionary ecology and genetics to studies of ecosystems. For more information, see

Project description: We are hiring a postdoctoral researcher for the project” Species-genetic diversity correlations in a meta community perspective”. The aim of the project is to understand how species and genetic diversity are correlated in general, but with and emphasize on urban environments, and how this relationship is affected by environmental variables such as habitat size, urban areas, connectivity etc. Our study system is ponds in the city of Stockholm which are studied with regard to biodiversity (invertebrates, fish, and amphibians) and environmental variables. The data set collected will be analyzed advanced multivariate statistics.

Duties: You will use molecular methods as well as community ecology methods to analyze and summarize data. The molecular work consists of extraction of DNA from already collected samples, preparation of "next generation” sequencing using ddRadseq, analyzing genetic variation and genetic structure from molecular data. The community ecology work consists of several statistical analyses and therefore you need knowledge on one or several of the following analyses: covariance decomposition, structural equation modelling (SEM), Redundancy Analysis (RDA), multivariate regression trees (MRT) och Moran´s eigenvector maps (MEM).

Qualifications required: A doctoral degree, or a foreign degree equivalent to a doctoral degree, in the area of evolutionary ecology, ecological genetics molecular ecology or a similar field of knowledge. Vast experience with molecular genetic methods is a requirement for the position, and candidates with advanced knowledge on multivariate statistics will be given priority. Candidates must be able to express themselves fluently in spoken as well as written English. Great emphasis will be placed on personal qualities such as excellent collaboration skills and sense of initiative.

To be eligible the candidate must have a PhD degree, or a foreign degree equivalent to this, completed less than three years before the application deadline. The three year period can be extended due to circumstances such as sick leave, parental leave, duties in labour unions, etc.

Qualifications desired: We are looking for a highly independent and proficient person to drive forward the project. The ideal candidate will be a team player that has experience in the abovementioned qualifications, and proven proficiency in writing and publishing in English in scientific journals.

Application: The application should include 1) a letter of intent describing yourself, your research interests and why you want this position, 2) your CV, 3) a short description of your education, 4) a copy of your doctoral degree and course grades, 5) the names and contact information to at least two reference persons (e-mail address and phone no.), 6) a copy of your master thesis and 7) publications produced. The application should be written in English.

Salary: Individual salary.

Starting date: 2020-06-01, or as agreed.

Type of employment: The position is a temporary position for 24 months

Scope of employment: 100 %.

For further information about the position please contact: Frank Johansson,, +46 18 471 6488.

Please submit your application April 13, 2020. UFV-PA 2020/778.


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Placement: Department of Ecology and Genetics

Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months

Pay: Fixed salary

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: Seko Universitetsklubben

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2020/778

Last application date: 2020-04-13