Open 2-year Post-doc Scholarship

I invite candidates to an open 2-year postdoc scholarship in my lab, to work with the evolution of inheritance systems

Title of project: Experimental evolution of inheritance systems

I am seeking a highly motivated postdoc to join the Lind lab at Dept. of Animal Ecology, Evolutionary Biology Centre (EBC), Uppsala University in a project funded by Carl Tryggers Foundation and the Swedish Research Council VR.

Project: The belief that the genetic code is the sole basis for biological inheritance has been challenged by phenotypic plasticity and more recently by the discovery of trans-generational epigenetic inheritance, where environmentally induced phenotypes are inherited for several generations by factors that determine how DNA is read. However, the adaptive significance of complementary inheritance systems that is induced by the environment is enigmatic.

The project aim is to investigate the evolution of adaptive plastic, epigenetic, trans-generational and genetic inheritance during adaptation to new environments that differ in heterogeneity in the powerful laboratory model system of the nematode Caenorhabditis remanei. We will use a combination of experimental evolution and trans-generational phenotypic assays of life history traits, including analyses of already existing lines. For the experimental evolution part, the postdoc will work in close collaboration with an already recruited PhD student. Within this overall framework, there are several possibilities to explore related areas in life history evolution and environmental influences on phenotypes, depending upon the interests and background of the candidate.

You will join the lab of Dr. Martin Lind, and be part of the well-equipped nematode lab, led by two PIs (Dr. Lind and Dr. Bolund). In the Lind lab, we are interested in life history evolution in its broad sense, with special emphasis on local adaptation, the evolution of inheritance systems, life-history trade-offs and the evolution of lifespan and ageing. We encourage an open and collaborative atmosphere in the lab, and many projects are collaborative by design.

Qualifications: We are seeking a highly motivated and collaborative candidate with and with a background in evolutionary biology, especially life-history evolution. It is desirable if you have basic R programming knowledge and experience of large-scale laboratory experiments of nematodes or other organisms. The candidate will have a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology, genetics, ecology or a related field.

Working place: EBC hosts one of the world’s largest aggregations of evolutionary biologists and Uppsala University was recently ranked 7th in the world in evolutionary biology (CWUR 2017). 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. A number of high-profile projects address natural and sexual selection, local adaptation, speciation, molecular evolution, microbial diversity, and ecosystem processes. For more information, see ieg.uu.se. Uppsala University is the oldest university in Scandinavia and the city of Uppsala is a vibrant college town with beautiful surroundings conveniently situated 40 minutes by train from Stockholm.

Position: The postdoc is funded by a tax-free 2-year scholarship from Carl Tryggers Foundation, amounting to 23,000 SEK per month. It is a requirement from the funding agency that you are an incoming postdoc (in other words that your Ph.D. is not from Uppsala University).

 

How to apply: Application deadline: February 4, 2018.

Submit an e-mail to martin.lind@ebc.uu.se with the subject heading ‘POST-DOC APPLICATION’, with the following documents combined into ONE pdf file:

– A cover letter describing your research interests and suitability for the position

– A detailed CV including a publication list and other achievements

– Contact details of two to three references who can be contacted by telephone or e-mail before or after the interview.

 

Prospective candidates will be invited for interviews in person or over Skype in February 2018.

Informal inquiries can be directed to martin.lind@ebc.uu.se

Lab home page: http:///www.martinlind.org

 

I am looking forward to your application!