Postdoctoral Researcher in Evolutionary Biology

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The Department of Biological and Environmental Science is currently seeking to recruit staff to the position of Postdoctoral Researcher in Evolutionary Biology for a fixed period of 1.1.2019-31.12.2020.

The postdoctoral researcher will work in the research group of Dr. Sara Calhim in the Finnish Academy funded Fellowship entitled "Sperm evolution across reproductive and fertilization modes”. Tardigrades will be used as the model system, due to their unique diversity in sperm design, ecology and life history. The project uses both experimental and comparative research approaches, and this position will focus on compiling a phylogeny from available genetic sequences and collating a dataset of species-specific reproductive (morphological, behavioural) and ecological traits. The main objective is to conduct comparative analyses to tackle major reproductive trait evolution questions.

The duties and qualification requirements and language skills for the position of the Postdoctoral Researcher are stipulated by the University of Jyväskylä Regulations and language skills guidelines. The postdoctoral researcher is expected to have good skills in English language.

Candidates should have a PhD or be about to obtain a PhD in evolutionary biology. We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic postdoc with considerable experience in phylogenetic methods and working with sequence databases. Laboratory skills in molecular biology or microscopy imaging are an advantage.The candidate must demonstrate considerable written and verbal communication skills in English, independent and creative thinking, and an ability to work collaboratively, including mentoring junior group members.

The job-specific salary component of a postdoctoral researcher is based on the job demands level 5-6 (2893,95 €/Month - 3374,18 €/Month) according to the salary system concerning teaching and research staff at universities. In addition, a personal performance-based salary component amounting to the maximum of 46,3% of the job-specific salary component is also paid.

A trial period of six months will be used when the position is first filled.

For further information: Dr. Sara Calhim, +358 40 874 5474,

Please attach the following documents to the online application form:

  1. Curriculum vitae (CV),      composed according to good scientific practice and considering, when      possible, the template for a researcher’s      curriculum vitae by the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity.
  2. Short application /      motivation letter, including research interests and plan.
  3. List of publications      covering all the scientific and other publications of the applicant.
  4. Two reference letters      from people who can be contacted by telephone or e-mail before or after      the interview.

Please submit your application at the latest by 30.9.2018 using the online application form