PhD Scholarship Position in Evolutionary Genomics at Uppsala University

Applicants are invited to apply for a PhD scholarship in evolutionary biology at Uppsala University. The funding allows successful candidate to work for four years. The deadline to apply is March 20, 2019.

The Evolutionary Biology Centre ( is one of the world's leading research institutions in evolutionary biology. It is part of Uppsala University, which has been ranked very high among all European Universities in the subject of evolutionary biology. Our lab is part of the Program of Evolutionary Biology that excels in many aspects of genetics and evolution and offers an inspiring international atmosphere. There are ample opportunities for interaction with PhD-students, PostDocs and researchers working on related topics. We are tightly linked to the Science for Life Laboratory ( and have access to advanced laboratory infrastructure, high performance computing resources and bioinformatics support.

Project description: The candidate will use phenotypic and genomic data from a long-term study population of a house sparrow metapopulation (>3000 individuals genotyped on a 200K SNP array and >30 individuals with whole genome sequences combined with a very extensive phenotypic database) to look for signs of selection in the genome, estimate demographic patterns and examine structural variation. A central goal will be to understand the connection between genetic variants linked to phenotypic traits and their patterns of selection in the genome. The project is in collaboration with the Centre of Biodiversity Dynamics (CBD) at NTNU, Norway and the candidate is expected to spend periods of time at CBD and also take part in fieldwork.

Qualifications required: To be eligible for a PhD-student position the applicant must hold a master degree (or equivalent) in biology or a related field. Bioinformatic skills will be necessary to carry out the projects. Candidates must be able to express themselves fluently in spoken as well as written English.

Position: The graduate program covers four years of full-time study. The position can be combined with teaching or other duties at the department (maximum 20%), which prolongs the employment with the corresponding time. The salary will be set according to local agreements. Rules governing PhD candidates are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 5, 1-7 and in Uppsala university’s rules and guidelines More information about postgraduate studies at Uppsala University is available at

Deadline: March 20, 2019
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