Postdoc in Helsinki

is available in the research group of Academy research fellow Marjo
Saastamoinen. The successful applicant will be part of the Centre of
Excellence in Metapopulation Research at the Department of Biosciences,
University of Helsinki.

The main goal of the post doc project is to examine spatiotemporal
genetic variation of the ecological model species, the Glanville
fritillary butterfly (Melitaea cinxia) inhabiting the =C5land Islands in
Finland. In addition to exceptional demographic and ecological resources,
substantial genomic data are now available for this species, including a
high quality annotated whole genome sequence (Ahola et al. 2014 Nature
Comm) and linkage map (Rastas et al. 2013 Bioinformatics). The current
project will use available SNP genotype data from 20,000 individuals
typed for both known candidate genes (Fountain et al. 2016 PNAS, Orsini
et al. 2008 JEB; Hanski 2011 PNAS; Saastamoinen et al. 2009 Proc R Soc
B; de Jong et al. 2014 Mol Ecol) and neutral loci across hundreds of
populations. The successful candidate will use these data to test for
associations of candidate sites with individual life-history traits,
population dynamics, and landscape characteristics. Given that data
are available for nearly 10 years for hundreds of populations, there is
an excellent opportunity to examine both spatial and temporal patterns
of genetic variation. One specific aim is to examine associations with
environmental variables (using software such as Bayenv). The post doc
will be part of a large team working on population genetics and genomic
work on the Glanville fritillary and will work in close collaboration
with Ass. Prof. Arild Husby (

The successful candidate should have PhD / postdoctoral experience
within the fields of evolutionary genetics or population genetics and
a good core knowledge of ecology. Experience with population genetic
software and R programming are required. Excellent written and verbal
communication skills in English are needed and you must also demonstrate
ability to work as part of a team.

The starting date is flexible but preferable before 1st May 2016, with
a probationary period of four months.

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.

To apply, please send, in a single pdf file, your CV with publications
included and a letter (max 2 pages) with a description of your
research interests and, in particular, why you would be a suitable
candidate for the project. The application letter should also contain
possible starting dates and contact details of three references. The
applications are to be addressed to Dr Marjo Saastamoinen and submitted to by 21st February 2016 at 15.45 local Helsinki

The University of Helsinki, founded in 1640, is one of the world’s
leading universities for multidisciplinary research. The university
has an international academic community of 40,000 students and staff
members. The University of Helsinki offers comprehensive services to
its employees, including occupational health care and health insurance,
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The Department of Biosciences situated at the Viikki Science Park belongs
to the Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences of University of
Helsinki and is the largest research and teaching unit in biosciences in
Finland. The Department of Biosciences is one of the largest departments
of Helsinki University with its c. 25 million euro budget and over 400
staff members. Cutting edge infrastructure is available at all levels,
including high-performance computer clusters, a next-gen sequencing
facility, as well as molecular labs.

For more information about this position, please contact
Dr Marjo Saastamoinen (,

Dr Marjo Saastamoinen
Academy Research Fellow
Centre of Excellence in Metapopulation Research
Department of Biosciences
PO Box 65 (Viikinkaari 1)
FI-00014 University of Helsinki

tel. + 358 (0)50 448 4471

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