Monthly Archives: March 2012

Postdoc in Helsinki

POST-DOCTORAL POSITION in Evolutionary Genomics.

The postdoctoral researcher will be a part of the Ecological Genetics Research Unit (EGRU; lead by Prof. Juha Merilä. The assignment can start in April 2012 (start date is flexible – early start preferred) and continue until April 2014, possibly longer.

The post-doctoral fellow to be employed is expected work with projects focused on application of next-generation sequencing technologies to address broad and generally interesting problems relating to population differentiation and genetics of adaptation. The model systems in these studies will be the nine-spined (Pungitius pungitius) and three-spined (Gasterosteus aculeatus) sticklebacks. Leeway and funds be will be provided to pursue side-projects as long as the general goals of these are aligned with the general goals of the main project.

An ideal candidate for this position would have a broad interest in evolutionary biology and a background in one or several of the following fields: bioinformatics, evolutionary genomics, statistical or population genetics/genomics, animal or plant breeding sciences.

We are looking for an individual who is highly motivated and can work both independently and in a team. Capacity to face intellectual challenges, willingness to learn new skills, and to explore new intellectual territories are qualities expected from a strong candidate. A demonstrated track-record in research, doctoral degree and experience in bioinformatics analysis of next-generation sequencing data are required.

The working language will be English. An overview of our past and current research can be found at

The salary will be based on level 5 of the demands level chart for teaching and research personnel in the salary system of Finnish Universities. In addition, the appointee will be paid a salary component based on personal work performance (total salary will be approximately 3050-3400 EUR per month).

Help will be provided in relocation to Helsinki.

The application should include (i) CV, (ii) Publication list, (iii) statement of research interests and motivation for applying this position not exceeding two pages and (iv) contact information of two reference persons who have agreed to provide a written statement on behalf of the applicant.

Applications should be addressed to the Department of Biological Sciences, P. O. Box 65 (Viikinkaari 1), FIN-00014 University of Helsinki, and sent to The review of application starts immediately and the position will be filled when a suitable candidate has been found. More information on this position is available from Prof. Juha Merilä (e-mail:

More information about Helsinki, University of Helsinki, and Department Biosciences can be found from the following links: (city) (university) (department) (University of Helsinki International Staff Services)

Terry’s group meeting – tomorrow 2-3 pm in B52


The sun is out so petanque is on. 1:00pm in the park. Be there or be rotund and unhealthy.

FASTQ/A short-reads pre-processing tools

Hi all,

just a quick note to tell around about convenient tools aiming at pre-process fastq/a files before DNA mapping on a reference genome:


How to make it in Academia – 4pm Tues 20th March, common room

Hi all,

final year PhD students, postdocs and fellows are invited to come along and hear from Drs Julia Blanchard, Duncan Cameron and Gareth Fraser about their career paths!

Each will give a brief (~10min) presentation to leave plenty of time for questions and discussion on aspects such as:

-career paths
-achieving a permanent lecturing position
-things to avoid during your postdoc
-pitfalls during the academic career path
-advice for female postdocs
-fellowship applications

There will be FREE wine and nibbles and we hope to continue discussions at the pub afterwards.

See you there!

APS postdoc society
(any questions please email Anna : a.santure@…)

My talk next week

Hello, yes, my talk is next week and Julia is correct that there will be stuff relating to using genome wide SNP data. However, I decided to make my talk much more general than this, because many people will be new to our work. Thus, I will give more of a ‘Nosil lab overview’ talk where I will introduce the people in the lab, the goals of the ERC funded project, the lab methods we use, and the analytical methods we use. So, it will be more of a ‘getting to know us’ talk than one on scientific results, but I imagine this will be best for a general audience and will act as a springboard for future discussion. This is a long way of saying you might come even if you don’t care about SNPs….

have a good weekend,


ps. if anyone is ever going bouldering, let me know, I go all the time…

MolEcol lab meeting Tue, 13 Mar, 10:00, B52

Patrik Nosil will give a talk about

Using genome wide SNP data to study adaptation and speciation

Hope to see you all,


Two PhD positions – Germany – grasshoppers

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I am currently looking for two PhD students who are interested in evolutionary biology and motivated to work with grasshoppers. I would be great if you happen to know suitable candidates or if you could post the attached ad somewhere in your institution. The deadline is rather short, but I’ll certainly consider application that arrive a little later – so if you post it in your insitution, it could well stay through April.

Best wishes



Holger Schielzeth

Department of Evolutionary Biology

Bielefeld University

Morgenbreede 45

33615 Bielefeld, Germany

Phone: +49   0 521 / 106 2820



BBSRC Summer School – Nottingham July 30th – 3rd August 2012

The Summer School is designed for researchers in quantitative aspects of Evolutionary Biology, looking at genetic variation both between- and within- species.

Plenary Speakers include:

  • Brian Charlesworth, Deborah Charlesworth, Penny Haddrill, Dan Halligan, Peter Keightley, Paul Sharp (University of Edinburgh)
  • John Brookfield, John Armour (University of Nottingham)
  • Ed Feil (University of Bath)
  • Simon Whelan (University of Manchester)

The closing date for applications will be Friday, the 20th April 2012.

More information on the website:

House/dog sitter required April3rd-21st

I am looking for someone interested in housesitting and/or dogsitting April 3rd-21st. The dog is an adorable, well-behaved yellow Labrador named Brophy who likes to chase tennis balls and lay around the house. If you also want to stay at my place you would have a 3bd/1ba terraced house with a garden in Hillsborough all to yourself, a a 30 second walk to the tram stop and a 10 minute tram ride to University. The dates are flexible if they don’t suite you. Thanks!