Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Evolutionary Genomics
University Of Oslo
Position as post doc available at Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis, Department of Biosciences.
The position is for a period of 3 years. Starting date no later than 01.03.2022
No one can be appointed for more than one Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Oslo.
We are looking for a highly motivated candidate for a three-year post doc position as part of this exciting collaborative research project between the University of Oslo, University of Nottingham (UK) and the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW). The researcher will help develop our understanding of the evolutionary origins of human-commensalism in Passer sparrows. The project will focus on two key questions; 1) does human commensalism have a single origin within the house sparrow? and 2) has adaptation to a human-commensal niche occurred in parallel in the tree sparrow?
We aim to combine morphological and genomic data from existing datasets, museum samples and ongoing fieldwork to address the core aims of the project. The successful candidate will be allowed to choose aspects of the larger program as best fits their skills and research interests. They will also be encouraged to develop additional, complementary avenues of research. The researcher will oversee population-level whole genome resequencing from the wet-lab to data interrogation and will be expected to be proficient in bioinformatics (R/Unix/Python) with documented skills in genomic analyses. A PhD in population genetics/genomics, evolutionary genomics, evolutionary biology or a related subject is necessary. Experience with working with birds and bird genomes would be helpful but is not a requirement. The researcher will be based at the Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis at the University of Oslo but will also be expected to visit the University of Nottingham (UK) for additional training and support with research visits to the Netherlands. There will likely be opportunities for fieldwork in Central and Southern Asia. The working language of the research group is English.
It is becoming exceedingly clear that humans have been, and still are, drastically altering the planet. Although human activity typically has a negative effect on biodiversity, some species have rapidly adapted to novel niches opened up by human activity. The house sparrow (Passer domesticus) is a successful human commensal that thrives in human created niches. It has adapted to urban and agricultural habitats on every continent except Antarctica. Intriguingly, a number of other Passer sparrows are also human commensals having likely experienced similar selective pressures; one of the most striking is the Eurasian tree sparrow (Passer montanus), which is an obligate commensal across much of East Asia. The overarching aim of this newly funded project (Norwegian Research Council) is to determine the evolutionary causes and consequences of human commensalism in Passer sparrows using whole genome resequencing, high resolution phenotyping and extensive fieldwork.
The main purpose of a postdoctoral fellowship is to provide the candidates with enhanced skills to pursue a scientific top position within or beyond academia. To promote a strategic career path, all postdoctoral research fellows are required to submit a professional development plan no later than one month after commencement of the postdoctoral period.
The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has a strategic ambition to be among the leading communities for research, education and innovation in Europe. Candidates for these fellowships will be selected in accordance with this, and expected to be in the upper segment of their class with respect to academic credentials.
Applicants must hold a degree equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree in evolutionary biology/genetics/genomics. Doctoral dissertation must be submitted for evaluation by the closing date. Only applicants with an approved doctoral thesis and completed defence are eligible for appointment.
Fluent oral and written communication skills in English is required
Experience in bioinformatics including in Unix, python and/or R
Experience with population genomic analyses and reconstructing evolutionary histories
Experience in using high-powered computer clusters and resources
A demonstrated record of published scientific research in population genomics, evolutionary biology, evolutionary genetics or a related discipline
salary NOK 534 400 – 615 800 per annum depending on qualifications in position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow (position code 1352)
a professionally stimulating working environment
vibrant international academic environment
postdoctoral development plans
attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement, in addition to Oslo’s family-friendly environment with its rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities
How to apply
The application must include
Cover letter (statement of motivation, summarizing scientific work and research interest)
CV (summarizing education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activity)
A complete list of publications and up to 5 academic works that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee
Names and contact details of 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number)
The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system. Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University’s grading system. Please note that all documents should be in English (or a Scandinavian language).
In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on the documented, academic qualification as well as the candidates motivation and personal suitability.
Interviews with the best qualified candidates will be arranged. It is expected that the successful candidate will be able to complete the project in the course of the period of employment.
For further information please contact: Glenn-Peter Sætre (firstname.lastname@example.org) & Mark Ravinet (email@example.com)
For questions regarding the recruitment system please contact: HR adviser Nina Holtan, phone +47 22854424, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.