We are looking for two postdocs to join Matthew Webster’s group working on evolutionary genomics and population genomics. Research in this group currently focuses on two main areas: 1) the genetic basis of local adaptation and 2) the evolution of recombination. We use multiple species of bees to study these questions. The research primarily involves population-scale genome sequencing and bioinformatic/statistical analyses, but there are also opportunities for field/apiary work and molecular genetics lab work.
A good summary of the research focus can be gained from the following publications:
*Wallberg A, Han F, Wellhagen G, Dahle B, Kawata M, Haddad N, Simões ZL, Allsopp MH, Kandemir I, De la Rúa P, Pirk CW, Webster MT. (2014). A worldwide survey of genome sequence variation provides insight into the evolutionary history of the honeybee Apis mellifera. Nat Genet. 46(10):1081-8.
*Wallberg A, Glémin S, Webster MT. (2015). Extreme recombination frequencies shape genome variation and evolution in the honeybee, Apis mellifera. PLoS Genet. 11(4):e1005189.
*Wallberg A, Pirk CW, Allsopp MH, Webster MT. (2016). Identification of multiple loci associated with social parasitism in honeybees. PLoS Genet. 12(6):e1006097.
The successful candidates will to work on new and ongoing projects under the two main research focuses. The main duties involve analysis of next-generation sequencing data, including processing of raw data, and statistical analysis using population/evolutionary genetics methods. Involvement in sample collection, molecular genetics and teaching/supervision of students is also possible depending on requirements of the projects and interests of the candidate. Successful candidates should be proficient in bioinformatics and statistics, ideally including perl scripting, analysis of next-gen sequencing data and population genetics. A strong interest in evolution and social insects is also desirable. Excellent communication skills and high level of motivation are required. Good spoken and written English is required.
Employment will be initially for one year with possibility of extension.
If you are interested in the position, you are encouraged to make an informal enquiry to Matthew Webster, email@example.com.
A full job description and details of how to apply can be found here: http://www.uu.se/en/about-uu/join-us/details/?positionId=115841
You are welcome to submit your application no later than November 4, 2016.