Postdoc with Juha Merila, Helsinki.

Postdoctoral Researcher, Evolutionary Genetics, University of HelsinkiA 1-2 year Postdoctoral Researcher position is available in the Ecological Genetics Research Unit (Head: Prof Juha Merila) in the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences at the University of Helsinki, Finland. The position involves study the ecological and evolutionary genetics & genomics of fishes (three-spined stickleback, nine-spined stickleback and/or herring). The exact focus of the research is negotiable – several different lines of research are possible depending on the candidates background, skills and personal interests. This position offers an opportunity to continue on a fast lane to a scientific career – materials and most of the tools for conducting the research are already available.

Qualifications: The successful candidate will have a Ph.D in biology or a related field with a strong background in genetics. Good skills in molecular biology, genomics and/or population genetics – including analytical/ bioinformatic aspects of such a work – are required. Persons with interest on quantitative genetics and gene-mapping are particularly well placed. The candidate is expected to be able to express him/ herself fluently in English (written and spoken), be able to work both independently and as a member of a team, both nationally and internationally, and contribute to the supervision of PhD and MSc-theses. Excellent writing skills are essential.

Salary: The salary will be based on level 5 (about 2523,02 euros/month) of the demands level chart for teaching and research personnel in the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition, the appointees will be paid a salary component based on personal work performance.

Starting date: The work can start immediately but the starting date is negotiable.

About the research environment: The Ecological Genetics Research Unit (EGRU) is part of the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Evolutionary Genetics and Physiology and placed on the Viikki campus of the University of Helsinki (http://www.helsinki.fi/bio/faculty/ ).The EGRU members work with population, evolutionary, and ecological genetics and genomics problems. Most of the work is addressing directly or indirectly broad, general evolutionary or conservation problems. Fish – nine-spined and three-spined sticklebacks in particular – constitute the main models, but also birds and amphibians are frequently used as models in the group’s research. More information of the research and our interests can be found at http://www.helsinki.fi/biosci/egru/
To apply, please send a letter describing your interests and qualifications, a CV (including publication list), and contact information for three references (who have agreed to provide a letter of reference) to: Prof. Juha Merilä (juha.merila@helsinki.fi). Dead-line for applications is 30.9.2009.

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