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Postdocs in Lisbon and Bern

Postdoc position with Vitor Sousa in Lisbon to work on methods to detect regions of the genome involved in hybrid incompatibilities, jointly inferring demographic history.

More info can be found here:

This is part of a collaborative HFSP grant, and there is simultaneous postdoc opportunity in Claudia Bank’s lab at University of Bern (

Job in Uppsala

Postdoctoral Researcher — (2 years fixed term)

A position as a postdoctoral researcher in population genomics is available at the Department of Ecology and Genetics, Evolutionary biology program, at the Uppsala University, Sweden, in the group of Assist. Prof. Elina Immonen (

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. For more information, see
Project description: The aim of the project is to experimentally examine how sexually antagonistic and sex-limited selection affect the genetic architecture of a polygenic trait during the evolution of sexual dimorphism. The postdoc fellow will utilize available replicated artificial selection lines in a seed beetle Callosobruchus maculatus to test for gene expression and allele frequency changes associated with an increase or decrease in sexual size dimorphism.

Duties: Prepare DNA extractions for sequencing from available material, bioinformatic analysis of DNA and RNA-seq data. Analysis and writing of manuscripts based on the goals of the project.

Qualifications required: For this position the candidate must hold a PhD degree in evolutionary biology, genetics/genomics or bioinformatics, obtained no more than three years prior to the application deadline (extendable due to circumstances such as sick leave, parental leave, duties in labour unions, etc.). Experience in analyses of next-generation sequencing data is necessary, as is a background in population genetics/genomics.

Application deadline 15 January 2021.

See further information about the position and how to apply here:

Contact: Elina Immonen,

Tawny Owl postdoc

We have opened a 3-year position as:
Postdoctoral Researcher in Evolutionary Genetics of the tawny owl in Turku, Finland

Details and applications (until 10.10.2020) via the URL

Please forward to potential candidates.

all the best

Jon E. Brommer, Ph.D.
Professor in Ecology
Department of Biology
University of Turku
FI-20014 TURKU
Lab URL:

Job: Comparative genomics of Primulaceae

We assemble reference genomes de novo and perform comparative genomic analyses to investigate the origin, evolution, and loss of the heterostyly supergene (S-­locus) in Primulaceae (and related questions). The successful candidate will possess the following skills: ability to frame questions clearly, test hypotheses, set goals; write, submit, and publish scientific manuscripts; knowledge of genome-­assembly methods, comparative genomics, bioinformatics, phylogenomics and population genomics; ability to work both collaboratively and independently; knowledge of plant breeding systems desirable.

STARTING DATE: May 1 or June 1, 2020 (some flexibility possible). The position is available for 2 (to 3) years; opportunities to seek additional funding are available. The selected candidate will also have the opportunity to gain valuable teaching experience.


• Send SINGLE PDF FILE titled Primulapostdoc2020_familyname to:

• The application consists of: 1) cv; 2) publication record; 3) Copy of Ph.D. diploma and courses taken, with grades; 4) letter of motivation explaining your interest in & qualifications for the topic (2 pages max.); 5) names, affiliations, email addresses and phone numbers of 3 referees.

• Applications review will start February 1, 2020, and continue until suitable candidates are identified.

The Department of Systematic and Evolutionary Botany and the University of Zurich provide state-­of-­ the-­art infrastructure, excellent scientific milieu, and an international, English-­speaking work environment. With a world-­class airport located in the center of Europe, Zurich offers unmatched opportunities for easy travel to conferences and workshops anywhere in the world. Proximity to the Alps offers easy access to multiple outdoor activities and the species-­rich Alpine flora.

Publication opportunity

A Russian group has contacted me looking for help with a manuscript entitled “Asymmetric hybridisation of roach and bream in controlled backcrosses: genetic and morphological patterns”. They offer co-authorship in return for help with language and other revisions for resubmission to J Fish Biol.

Drop me an email if you are interested.

Roger (

6 yr postdoc in Vienna

6-year PostDoc / University Assistant
Department of Botany and Biodiversity Research, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Vienna, Austria
A 6-year post-doctoral position is available at Department of Botany & Biodiversity Research, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Vienna, to work on the ecological & evolutionary genomics of plant adaptation, speciation and species radiation with Christian Lexer and colleagues ( We are looking for a person with experience in the use of current DNA / RNA sequencing approaches to address fundamental questions in population genetics, evolutionary biology and / or biogeography in plants. This includes a keen interest in integrative approaches towards understanding the origin, maintenance, and functioning of biological diversity. University of Vienna offers an attractive and dynamic research location in a city with exceptional quality of life and in a country with excellent research infrastructure and funding provision.
Extent of Employment: 40 hours/week. Salary grading in accordance with relevant work experience.
Job Description: Participation in research projects in the group, including co-supervision / mentoring of PhD and MSc students – International publication and presentation activities – Contribution to high-quality external (third-party) research grant applications – Freedom to develop high-quality external (third-party) research grant applications as main applicant – Opportunity to participate in teaching topics of shared interest.
Profile: Doctoral degree in biology or equivalent field / Focus on molecular evolutionary biology or biogeography of plants – Experience in population genetics, evolutionary genomics, and/or evolutionary systems biology, especially the use of current DNA / RNA sequencing approaches and associated analytical tools – Excellent written and oral communication skills in English – Computer literacy, including experience with Unix / Linux based analysis software and R – Ability to work in teams – Experience in teaching. Duration of the contract: 6 years.
To apply: Your application must include the following documents: motivation letter (<1 page)- Scientific CV - List of publications – Brief draft of research interests – Contact details of three references. Please see full job description and submit your application via the website of the Job Center at the University of Vienna (; email: no later than 16.06.2019, mentioning job reference no. 9678. For more information please contact: Christian Lexer,

Ecological genetics group

Registration is now open but will be closing soon for this year’s annual Ecological Genetics Group meeting, in association with the British Ecological Society and Genetics Society. Getting registering so you don’t miss out!

This year’s conference is to be held on the 16th to the 18th of April at the stunning Downing College, University of Cambridge. There will be a full scientific and social programme throughout the conference to bring together those with an interest in population genetics and ecology and evolution. The programme will include a series of talks and a poster session on relevant topics including talks by our two confirmed guest speaks,

Dr Matt Davey, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge

Dr Matthew Davey

And Prof Bill Amos, Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge

There will also be the opportunity for a behind the scenes tour of the Sainsbury Laboratory Herbarium at the University. A collection dating back 300 years that will allow you to get up close to specimens collected by the Grandfathers of evolutionary theory, Darwin and Wallace. The Cambridge Genomics Services will a be holding a Genomics and Bioinformatics session to help with all your Next-Gen needs. And our postgrad student workshop this year it will be on ‘How to review a paper.’

Let us not forget the now famous EGG-Heads quiz which will be held after the conference dinner.

Full Conference details can be found here

Identifying barriers to gene flow in the genome

We are pleased to announce the SMBE Satellite Meeting and Workshop on ‘Identifying barriers to gene flow in the genome’ to be held **17th-19th June 2019** at the Marine Biology Laboratory, Tjärnö, Sweden.

Speciation genomics is a fast moving and rapidly changing field. Genome scans and demographic inference are popular tools for studying how barriers to gene flow evolve and how species diverge, but the field has only recently begun to take into account confounding factors that might bias these methods.

If standard approaches are insufficient for identifying barriers to gene flow and understanding the processes involved in speciation, where do we go next? One way forward is the use of sophisticated approaches to jointly infer signals of selection, gene flow and demographic history. We can also use efficient simulation to introduce greater statistical rigour to our approaches.

This three day workshop/meeting on speciation genomics will combine talks from invited speakers and participants, a discussion panel and a hands-on workshop to learn how to use a composite likelihood approach to infer selection, gene flow and demography from genome scan data.

Invited speakers include:
* Reto Burri (University of Jena)
* Jonna Kulmuni (University of Helsinki)
* Kelley Harris (University of Washington)
* Simon Aeschbacher (University of Zurich)
* Frederic Guillaume (University of Zurich)

The practical workshop will be led by Jerome Kelleher (Big Data Institute, Oxford) (the importance of simulations) and Konrad Lohse (University of Edinburgh). Some basic experience in Unix, and Python programming is necessary but we provide links to resources on our website:

There is space for approximately 40-50 participants. To apply, please register at The deadline for applications is 25th February 2019.

It is free to register but attendance will cost $300 (US) to cover accommodation and food for the three days. Travel bursaries are available for MSc and PhD students wishing to attend.

We encourage participants from all backgrounds and levels to apply and we look forward to welcoming you to Sweden in June!

Mark Ravinet, Marina Rafajlovi?, Michael Matschiner, Simon Martin, Chris Jiggins & Markus Möst

Postdoc on asexual reproduction in aphids

A 18-month postdoctoral position is available in the team Ecology and
Genetics of Insects (
Ecology-and-Genetics-of-Insects), at INRA, Rennes, France, starting in
June 2019.

Contact or before 15 Feb 19

Postdoc and PhD place in Bangor