Postdoctoral Researcher in evolutionary genetics

The Department of Biological and Environmental Science is currently seeking to recruit staff to the position of 

Postdoctoral Researcher in evolutionary genetics, starting 1 September 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter, for a fixed term of four years. 

We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher to join the group of Ilkka Kronholm at the department of Biological and Environmental Sciences at the University of Jyväskylä. Our group studies the properties of spontaneous epigenetic changes, parental effects, and genetic architecture of complex traits. In addition, we do some experimental evolution projects. Our research questions are focused on understanding how different intrinsic and extrinsic factors affect evolutionary adaptation. 

We mainly use the filamentous fungus Neurospora crassa as a model system for empirical work. The main approaches used in the lab are quantitative genetics, genomics, association mapping, analysis of mutants using the genetic tools available for Neurospora, etc. 

Current projects are focused on estimating rates and phenotypic effects of mutations and epigenetic changes, understanding the mechanisms parental effects in Neurospora, and mapping the genetic basis of thermal performance. The postdoc is expected to contribute to these projects, but the specific project tasks can be tailored according to interests of the candidate. For example, more wet-lab based or more computationally based.

To be eligible, the candidate needs to have a doctoral (PhD) degree in evolutionary biology, genetics, bioinformatics or a related discipline with strong interest in evolutionary genetics. Previous experience with fungal genetics is not required. Experience in analysis of different types of sequencing (NGS) data, as well as good computational skills and knowledge about statistics, is considered an advantage. Good written and oral communication skills in English are required.

The duties, qualification requirements and language skills of a postdoctoral researcher are stipulated by the University of Jyväskylä Regulations and language skills guidelines. The selected person is required to have a command of English language.

The annual salary range will be approximately 38,000 EUR (gross income, including holiday bonus), depending on the qualifications and experience of the candidate.

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

For further details, please contact: Academy Research Fellow Ilkka Kronholm,

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Please attach the following documents to the online application form:

  1. Curriculum vitae, composed according to good scientific practice and considering the template for researcher´s curriculum vitae by The Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity and including contact information of two people willing to provide a reference
  2. Cover letter explaining your motivation, research interests, and plans 
  3. List of publications
  4. Relevant certificates / diplomas

Please submit your application at the latest by 20 July 2020 11:45 pm (GMT +2) using the online application form.

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