Researcher in Evolutionary Biology

Lund University Department of Biology

Researcher in Evolutionary Biology

Lund University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biology

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has around 44 000 students and more than 8 000 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

The Faculty of Science conducts research and education within Biology, Astronomy, Physics, Geosciences, Chemistry, Mathematics and Environmental Science. The Faculty is organized into nine departments, gathered in the northern campus area. The Faculty has approximately 1500 students, 330 PhD students and 700 employees.

Subject description

The research groups of Tobias Uller | and Charlie Cornwallis Cornwallis Group – Research into Cooperation, Sex, Disease and Evolutionary Innovations ( are recruiting a fully-funded researcher in evolutionary biology. The project aims to use microalgae and experimental evolution to study evolvability. Theory predicts that selection in variable environments can modify gene regulatory networks to make new genetic mutants with desirable trait combinations appear more frequently. This, in turn, could potentially facilitate the response to selection in more extreme environments. This project will test this theory using a combination of experimental evolution, phenotypic and genetic engineering, and analyses of metabolic, transcriptomic and genomic data. The project is part of an international research programme that provides opportunities for career development. The starting date is negotiable and funding is available for three years.

Work duties

  • Active participation in the design and implementation of selection lines in microalgae
  • Carrying out experimental assays using environmental and genetic perturbation
  • Collection and analysis of phenotypic, transcriptomic and genomic data
  • Co-supervision of MSc degree projects
  • Dissemination of the acquired insights, including writing of scientific publications

Qualification requirements

Applicants must have:

  • A PhD or equivalent research qualification within evolutionary biology or closely adjacent fields
  • Very good oral and written English
  • A comprehensive understanding of evolutionary theory
  • Documented ability to develop and complete high-quality research
  • Evidence of organization skills, statistical analyses and laboratory techniques

The following are highly desirable:

  • Experience with experimental evolution, especially with algae or similar micro-organisms
  • Expertise in the analyses of metabolomic, transcriptomic, or genomic data
  • Evidence of an ability to work independently and in teams

Terms of employment

This is a full-time, permanent employment. A probationary period of six months may be applicable. The starting date is 2022-02-01 or according to agreement. For more information about the position please contact Professor Tobias Uller,

Instructions on how to apply

Applications shall be written in English and be compiled into a PDF-file containing:

  • a cover letter stating reason for applying for position and giving a general description of past research and future research interests (no more than two pages)
  • résumé/CV, including a list of publications
  • contact information of at least two references
  • copy of the doctoral degree certificate, and other certificates/grades that you wish to be considered

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Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 2022-02-01 or according to agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2021/3360
My Geborek, Human Resource coordinator, +46462224853,
Tobias Uller, professor, +462223094
Union representative
OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62
SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-222 93 64
SEKO: Seko Civil, 046-222 93 66
Published 25.Oct.2021
Last application date 13.Dec.2021 11:59 PM CET