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PhD position (4 years) in population genomics, Sweden


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We are looking for a graduate student in population genomics within the project “Genomic breeding of Norway spruce” funded by the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research (SSF). The position is full time for four years (48 months) and is placed in Umeå. The deadline for applications is November 8, 2015 and the position is expected to start in January 2016 although another start date can be negotiated if necessary.

Project description

We are looking for a graduate student for a project aimed at investigating naturally occurring genetic variation in Norway spruce (Picea abies) . The project will be focused on generating whole-genome re-sequencing data of a reference population consisting of approximately a hundred trees. The goal is to identify naturally occurring genetic variation that can be used in genotyping in the ongoing breeding program for Norway spruce. The work will primarily involve bioinformatic and statistical analyses of Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) data, although there will also be a small component of lab work. The project is run in collaboration with a number of research groups at Umeå Plant Science Centre.

Formal requirements

The recruitment procedure for the position is in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance (Högskoleförordningen Chapter 5 and 7). Prerequisites include either i) 240 ECTS credits (Swe. högskolepoäng) of higher education studies of which 60 should be on an advanced level (Master level), or ii) 120 Swedish (old) credits (Swe. poäng; corresponding to 180 ECTS credits) of higher education studies if they were taken before July 1 2007, or equivalent competence. Successful candidates will have an undergraduate degree in Ecology, Genetics or an equivalent field. To fulfil the special requirements for graduate studies in ecology, the applicant should have obtained at least 120 ECTS credits in ecology, genetics or other areas relevant to the field.


You will work in close collaboration with other researchers and graduate students in a creative and inspiring environment. Therefore you should have an easy time working with others but also the ability to work independently with your own research topics. Creativity and drive are personal characteristics that are desired due to the knowledge-driven aspect of the project. Excellent proficiency in English is required, as English is the working language in the research group. Prior experience of working with NGS data in a population genetics context is required. Knowledge of bioinformatics or statistics is desirable.

Terms of employment

The candidate should preferably be available from January 2016 but another starting can be arranged, if necessary. The position is for full time and is funded for four years.

How to apply

You apply through our recruitment system. Log on to the system and apply via the button on the web page. The application should contain the following, written in English or in Swedish:

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Further Information

Application Deadline : 8 November 2015

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