Postdoc en Noruega estudiando genómica de lobos ~

22 de septiembre de 2019

Postdoc en Noruega estudiando genómica de lobos

Application deadline: 29 September, 2019.

The Department of Natural History, NTNU University Museum, Norwegian
University of Science and Technology, invites applications for a Researcher
position within the field of population genomics of wolves (Canis lupus).
The position is for two years. Questions about the position can be directed
to Head of Department, Hans K. Stenøien, phone number: +47 91897592,
e-mail: Please submit your application
electronically (website: with your CV, diplomas and
certificates. Applicants invited for interview must include certified
copies of transcripts and reference letters. Please refer to the
application number 2019/26584 when applying.

The position is part of an ongoing project to investigate biogeographical
and genetic origin of the wolves that have established the present
south-Scandinavian wolf population. We aim also to investigate questions
related to hybridisation between wolves and dogs.

The project is initiated by the Norwegian Parliament and is financed by the
Norwegian Environmental Agency. It is a collaborative project between the
NTNU University Museum and the University of Copenhagen.

Main duties and responsibilities
The person hired will perform bioinformatic and population-genomic analyses
on several hundreds of sequenced wolf genomes derived from samples taken
throughout the species distribution range, as well as published and
unpublished dog genomes. The principal research focus will be to improve
our understanding of the relationship of the current Norwegian wolf
population to both other Eurasian populations, as well as the historic
Norwegian wolf population.

The person will:
- Assist with data mapping and organisation of the dataset
- Compile relevant, publicly available reference genome and genome-scale
(e.g. SNP) data
- Undertake the population genomic analyses described above
- Help to compile the results into formal reports, and help present them
in-person to the Norwegian Environment Agency
- Prepare academic papers on the results
- Engage in outreach with the general public in the context of the ongoing
wolf debate

Qualification requirements
- PhD in biology, with a focus on computational and/or population genomics
- PhD degree must be obtained by position start date.
- Prior experience manipulating and analyzing genome-scale datasets in the
context of population/evolutionary genetics and phylogenomics
- Advanced computational genomics knowledge, including scripting (e.g.
python, perl) and UNIX command-line experience
- Experience writing and contributing to the publication of academic papers

- Fluency in English (written, reading, spoken)

Desired qualifications
- Experience with palaeo-genomic datasets (ancient DNA)
- Experience working with genotype likelihoods rather than discrete
- Good publication track record

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be
placed on education, experience and personal suitability, as well as
motivation, in terms of the qualification requirements specified in the

We offer
- exciting and stimulating tasks in a strong international academic
- an open and inclusive work environment with dedicated colleagues
- favourable terms in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
- employee benefits

Salary and conditions
The gross salary for the position of researcher code 1109 is normally
remunerated at gross from NOK 523.200 – 627.700 before tax per
year, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2 % is
deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

About the application:
Publications and other academic works that the applicant would like to be
considered in the evaluation must accompany the application. Joint works
will be considered. If it is difficult to identify the individual
applicant's contribution to joint works, the applicant must include a brief
description of his or her contribution.

The NTNU University Museum is aiming to be a leading international
institution within the field of molecular biodiversity.

The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene,
and easy access to breath-taking natural landscapes. The Norwegian welfare
state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality,
is probably the best of its kind in the world.

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