PhD student within systematic biology
Uppsala University is an international research university focused on the development of science and education. Our most important assets are all the individuals who with their curiosity and their dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting work places. Uppsala University has 40,000 students, 7,000 employees and a turnover of SEK 6,5 billion.
A PhD student position in systematic biology is available at the department of Organismal Biology, Uppsala University. Closing date: 2017-02-28.
The Department of Organismal Biology teach about, and explores the evolution, development and function in whole organisms. We study the deepest branches of the tree of life with the help of bioinformatics and experimental molecular techniques. Research about how chemicals of anthropogenic origin interact with cellular functions and cause long-lasting adverse health effects in humans and wildlife is also performed. For more information see www.iob.uu.se.
Project description: The PhD position is part of an externally founded project to investigate the origins and diversification of ectomycorrhizal fungi. These fungi contribute to major ecosystem functions by providing plants with nutrients and water in exchange for energy-rich carbon compounds, and ectomycorrhizal fungi constitutes about 8% of all known fungal species (including many choice edibles). However, much is still unknown about their evolution, and it is therefore difficult to interpret many of the patterns we see in their ecology and biogeography.
The PhD-project will contribute to the overall project studying when ectomycorrhiza evolved in fungi, the process with which it has evolved , how biogeographical processes differ between ectomycorrhizal and non-ectomycorrhizal fungi, and processes shaping the phylogenetic diversity of ectomycorrhizal communities. The investigations will include comparative genomics, biodiversity informatics, and applied phylogenetics methods. The exact questions of the PhD-work will be developed in collaboration with the supervisor based on the applicant’s qualifications and interests. The successful applicant will join the Ryberg research group, working on different aspects of fungal ecology and evolution and with many national and international collaborations. The group is located at the Evolutionary Biology Center, Uppsala University, where there are several other research groups working within the broader field of mycology to interact with.
Qualifications: To be eligible for a PhD-student position the applicant must hold a master degree (or equivalent) in a relevant field. The ideal candidate is highly motivated with education/experience in mycology, bioinformatics, phylogenetics and/or molecular lab-work. Candidates must be fluent in English.
Type of employment: The PhD student position is for 4 years. The position may include up to 20% teaching which will then extend the position with the corresponding amount of time.
More information about postgraduate studies at Uppsala University is available at http://www.teknat.uu.se/education/postgraduate/. Rules governing Ph.D. candidates are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 5, §§ 1-7 and in Uppsala university's rules and guidelines http://regler.uu.se/Rules_and_regulations_in_English/
How to apply: The application should include 1) a letter of intent describing yourself, your research interests, why you want to do a PhD, and why you are suitable for the position 2) a CV, 3) a copy of your master degree, 4) the names and contact information (address, email address, and phone number) of at least two references, 5) relevant publications (including master thesis). The application should be written in English.
Uppsala University aims for gender balance and diversity in all activities in order to achieve a higher quality at all levels of the organization. We therefore welcome applicants of any gender and with different birth background, functionality and life experience.
Starting: 2017-05-01 or as otherwise agreed.
Pay: According to local agreements.
For further information about the position please contact
Dr. Martin Ryberg mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org, +46 18 471 2647.
You are welcome to submit your application no later than 2017-02-28, UFV-PA 2017/44.
We decline offers of recruitment and advertising help. We only accept the application the way described in the advertisement.
Placement: Department of Organismal Biology
Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months
Pay: Fixed pay
Number of positions: 1
Working hours: 100%
County: Uppsala län
Stefan Djurström, Seko
Per Sundman, Saco-rådet 018-471 1485
Marie Ols, TCO/ST 018-471 2459
Number of reference: UFV-PA 2017/44
Last application date: 2017-02-28