Researcher in Evolutionary Genomics

Stockholm University

Researcher in Evolutionary Genomics Stockholm

Ref. No. SU FV-1371-21


at the Department of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences. Closing date: 10 May 2021. 

At the Department of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences at Stockholm University, research and education is conducted in an international environment. The subject areas are Ecology and Evolution, Ecotoxicology, Marine Biology, Plant Physiology and Plant Systematics. Some of the research has direct environmental and societal relevance and the approach is often broad and interdisciplinary. About 140 people are working at the Department, of which ca. 35 are teachers and researchers and 50 are PhD students.

Project description

The position is associated with the European Research Council (ERC) funded project "SuperGenE: Supergene evolution in a classic plant system".

The aim of this project is to investigate the genomic architecture underlying the balanced floral polymorphism termed distyly in wild Linum species. Specifically, the project aims to investigate the evolution of the genomic region (termed supergene) that governs distyly and the genetic causes and population genomic consequences of loss of distyly. For this purpose, we are conducting evolutionary genetic analyses of cutting-edge genomic data to comprehensively investigate the tempo and mode of recombination suppression, the impact of natural selection, and regulatory evolution at the supergene in several distylous species. Within the project we are generating several new high-quality de novo genome assemblies for wild Linum species, as well as large population genomics, comparative genomics, and expression data sets.

The researcher will be based in the Slotte lab (, a part of the Dept. of Ecology, Environment and Plant Science, Stockholm University ( The working atmosphere is international with English as the working language, and the position offers plenty of opportunities for scientific exchange with both genomicists, evolutionary biologists and ecologists

Main responsibilities

The position involves research in the ERC project SuperGenE. The researcher will be responsible for comprehensive genomic analyses to address evolutionary genomic questions related to supergene and plant mating system evolution. The focus of this position is on bioinformatic and evolutionary analyses of large-scale genomic and transcriptomic data sets.

Qualification requirements

Researchers are appointed primarily for purposes of research and must hold a Swedish doctoral degree or an equivalent degree from another country.

Assessment criteria

In the appointment process, special attention will be given to research skills, in particular pertaining to evolutionary genetics. The applicant should have proven expertise in genomics and be used to analyzing large-scale genomic or gene expression data sets. A strong interest in and training in bioinformatics, evolutionary genetics, population genomics or phylogenomics is a merit, as is a strong relevant publication history. A documented interest in plant mating system evolution and/or supergene evolution is a merit. Excellent proficiency in English (the working language of the group) is of great importance. The researcher needs to be able to work well in a collaborative environment, as well as independently. Finally, initiative, analytical skills and drive are personal characteristics that are desirable.

Terms of employment

The position involves full-time employment for a maximum of one year, with the possibility of extension. Start date immediately or as per agreement.

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Further information about the position can be obtained from Dr Tanja Slotte,

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).


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  • CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of publications
  • Copy of PhD diploma
  • Publications in support of your application (no more than 3 files).

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Closing date: 10/05/2021