Perretes, GIS y genética: postdoc en landscape genomics y ecological modelling del género Canis ~

15 de marzo de 2021

Perretes, GIS y genética: postdoc en landscape genomics y ecological modelling del género Canis

Oferta compartida por Nuria

A postdoctoral position in landscape genomics and ecological modelling is now open in a research group led by Dr Małgorzata Pilot at the Museum and Institute of Zoology of the Polish Academy of Sciences. The research group studies microevolutionary processes in mammalian populations using genetic and ecological approaches. We look for a person experienced with landscape genetics/genomics methods and GIS-based modelling to join a project focused on evolutionary consequences of hybridization among species from the genus Canis across Eurasia. The position is available for three years, from July 2021. The research group is based at the Research Station of the Museum and Institute of Zoology (MIZ), Polish Academy of Sciences in Gdańsk, Poland.

Work description
This position will involve the analyses of environmental data on canid populations across Eurasia using GIS and environmental association analyses for genomic datasets, as well as participation in the supervision of PhD students and contribution to administrative tasks associated with research projects. The successful applicant will be expected to contribute to grant applications submitted by the group, and will be encouraged to apply for independent funding available for early career researchers. The postdoctoral researcher will thus have the opportunity to propose and explore new research questions within the general remit of the research group.


The candidates for this position must hold a PhD degree in biological sciences, environmental sciences or a related discipline, and have experience in landscape genetics and/or ecological modelling using GIS. The selected candidate should have no more than 7 years of postdoctoral experience at the start time of the employment; maternity leaves and career breaks associated with health problems are not included in this 7-year period. Candidates who do not hold a PhD degree yet, but have an established date of the PhD thesis defence/viva can be also considered. However, holding a PhD will be required at the time of the job commencement.
The ideal candidate should have the following skills:
  • good knowledge of ecological modelling using GIS;
  • good knowledge of landscape genetics/genomics;
  • ability to work independently and as a part of an interdisciplinary research team;
  • experience with scientific writing, evidenced by an authorship of at least one research paper as a first author (which will be evaluated in the selection process);
  • fluent knowledge of English.
Desirable skills include:
  • experience with statistical analyses of biological or environmental data;
  • knowledge of a programming/scripting language (e.g. R, Python);
  • experience of working in interdisciplinary research teams.

Research environment
The research at the MIZ is focused on a broad range of themes in animal biology, including systematics, biogeography, evolutionary biology, ecology and population genetics. Małgorzata Pilot's research group is part of the Laboratory of the Molecular and Biometric Techniques led by Prof. Wiesław Bogdanowicz, grouping researchers focused on molecular ecology, phylogeography and evolutionary genomics of a broad range of animal taxa. MIZ laboratories contain modern equipment for genomic analyses, including Pacific Biosciences RSII long-read sequencer and Illumina MiSeq System. The state-of-the-art ancient DNA laboratory carries out work on mammalian palaeogenetics. The Museum's zoological collection is among the largest and most valuable in Europe.

Employment conditions
Employment period: 36 months, subject to a 3-month probation period.
Start date: 1 July 2021. The salary is funded by the Polish National Science Centre.

Documents required in the application

  • Copy of a PhD certificate
  • Curriculum vitae including the publication list, with the following statement provided at the end and signed: "Based on Directive of the European Parliament and Council (European Union) nr 2016/679 from 27 April 2016 on the protection of individuals in relation to the processing of their personal data and free flow of such data, and the repeal of the directive 95/96/WE (L 119 from 4.05.2016), I agree on the processing of my personal data included in this job application for the purpose of the recruitment process." Applications that do not include this statement won't be considered.
  • Motivation letter (maximum one A4 page)
  • A copy of one research paper to be evaluated in the recruitment process
  • Contact details of two persons who can be contacted for references.
These documents should be sent to Małgorzata Pilot ( no later than 31 March 2021. The title of the message should be "Application for a postdoctoral position in landscape genomics". Informal inquiries can also be addressed to Małgorzata Pilot.
Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview, which will take place in April via Skype.

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