Bioinformatics research technician (Uppsala, Sweden) ~

2 de septiembre de 2015

Bioinformatics research technician (Uppsala, Sweden)

We seek a dedicated and talented person to join Hans Ellegren's research group at the Evolutionary Biology Centre, Uppsala University, Sweden ( as bioinformatician.

We work with large-scale genomic approaches to general evolutionary questions such as speciation, DNA sequence evolution and sex chromosome evolution. Our main study system is birds and we have sequenced and assembled the flycatcher genome in house (Ellegren et al 2012 Nature
491:756-760), and were part of the large avian phylogenomics consortium (Jarvis et al 2014 Science 346:1320-1331). By whole-genome re-sequencing of large population samples of different flycatcher species we gather extensive amounts of SNP data and use these for population genomic analyses. The bioinformatician, who will be fully integrated with the research group, will work with genome assembly and detection of structural variation using data from NGS-technologies that provide long (>10 kb) reads. She/he will also be responsible for curation of flycatcher genome sequence data and participate in research projects.

The position is initially for one year but can be extended. It can also be combined with PhD studies.

Suitable background is a BSc or MSc in, for example, bioinformatics or computer science. Experience from working with NGS-data in UNIX environment is of merit, as is familiarity with relevant programming languages (e.g. Perl, Pyton).

To apply for the position, please visit the Uppsala University web site for Open Positions and log in and register your application at Closing date for the application is Sep 20.

Please feel free to contact me at with any questions.

Our research group consists of some 15 scientists, including PhD students, post-docs and bioinformaticians. The research is funded by the European Research Council (ERC), Knut and Alice Wallenbergs Foundation and the Swedish Research Council.

The venue for the positions, the Evolutionary Biology Centre, is situated in central Uppsala. The working atmosphere is international with thegreat majority of PhD students and post-docs recruited from abroad. The Centre constitutes an exciting arena for multidisciplinary research in evolutionary biology in a broad sense, housing some 300 scientists and graduate students. The scientific environment with numerous seminars, journal clubs and social activities offer excellent possibilities for contacts and collaborations. Local platforms for high-performance computational analyses (, NGS, SNP genotyping and proteomic analyses ( ensure immediate access to state-of-the-art technology. Uppsala University
is the oldest university in Scandinavia and the city of Uppsala is a vibrant student town with beautiful and easy accessible surroundings conveniently situated close to Stockholm.

The Ellegren group is part of the Department of Evolutionary Biology  (, which is a branch of the larger Department of Ecology and Genetics ( The Department of Evolutionary Biology houses 8 independent research groups and about 25 PhD students, 25 postdocs, and several bioinformaticians. A common theme is that we address key questions in evolutionary biology, like speciation, local adaptation, life history evolution, genome and molecular evolution, using genomic approaches. We have tight connections with several other research groups in the Department of Ecology and Genetics within the Evolutionary Biology Centre.

Professor Hans Ellegren
Department of Evolutionary Biology
Evolutionary Biology Centre
Uppsala University
Norbyvägen 18D
SE-752 36 Uppsala

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