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[Arabidopsis] PhD student position in evolutionary genomics/S-locus evolution

Tanja Slotte via arab-gen%40net.bio.net (by Tanja.Slotte from su.se)
Tue Feb 17 05:02:55 EST 2015

PhD student position: Causes and consequences of dominance at the Brassicaceae S-locus

A PhD student position is currently available at Stockholm University and Science for Life Laboratory. 
The complete ad for this position is available on the Stockholm University webpage: http://www.su.se/english/about/vacancies/phd-studies/phd-student-position-in-evolutionary-plant-ecology-1.217840
Please note that the deadline for applications is March 1st, 2015.

Project description
We are recruiting a PhD student to work within the project "Evolutionary consequences of dominance at a locus under long-term balancing selection", which is funded by a Swedish Research Council grant to Dr. Tanja Slotte. The aim of this project is to investigate evolutionary processes at the self-incompatibility locus (S-locus) in Brassicaceae plants. In particular, we wish to characterize the genetic basis of recurrent losses of self-incompatibility and the evolutionary consequences of S-locus dominance, both at the sequence and phenotypic level. The project will entail sequencing and evolutionary genetic analysis of S-locus alleles, phenotypic characterization of progeny from controlled crosses, and analyses of large-scale expression and methylation data. We will mainly focus on the crucifer genus Capsella (Brassicaceae), an emerging model for the study of mating system evolution (see e.g. Slotte et al. 2013. Nature Genetics 45:831-5). 

Infrastructure and environment
The student will be based in the Slotte lab (http://tanjaslottelab.se), a part of the Dept. of Ecology, Environment and Plant Science, Stockholm University (http://www.su.se/emb/english/). We are located at Science for Life Laboratory in Stockholm (http://www.scilifelab.se), which holds considerable expertise in high-throughput sequencing technology and bioinformatics. The working atmosphere is international with English as the working language, and the position offers plenty of opportunities for scientific exchange with both genomicists, evolutionary biologists and ecologists at SciLifeLab and Stockholm University. The city of Stockholm is known for its beauty, its buildings and architecture and its abundant clean and open water. 

To be accepted for the PhD program, the applicant must have a University degree in Biology at the advanced level (e.g. Masters) of at least 240 credits, including at least 60 credits at the advanced level, or equivalent knowledge. Previous degrees should also include a thesis of at least 30 credits at advanced level in a relevant subject.

Terms of employment
The PhD study should be completed within four years of full time study. Besides studies, the PhD-student may be involved in teaching and other duties to a maximum of 20 %, in which case the study time will be extended correspondingly.

Selection criteria
The selection is based on the applicant’s ability to successfully pursue the research education. Special emphasis is put on the applicant’s knowledge and skills within the subject area, ability to express her/himself verbally and in writing, analytical aptitude, creativity, initiative and independence, and a capacity for working together with other researchers. Previous experience of evolutionary genomic analyses and basic molecular genetic lab work is desirable. Experience of experimental plant work is beneficial. The evaluation will be made based on the relevance of past education and experience, grades from previous university courses (in particular at the advanced level), the quality and ambition of the independent project work, references, the cover letter motivating the candidate’s interest, and interviews.

For further information, please contact the project leader Tanja Slotte, tanja.slotte from su.se, at the Department of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences.
Personal webpage: http://tanjaslottelab.se
University webpage: http://www.su.se/emb/english/about-us/staff/r-s/tanja-slotte-1.174088
Science for Life Laboratory: http://www.scilifelab.se

Union representatives 
Anqi Lindblom-Ahlm (Saco-S) and Lisbeth Häggberg (Fackförbundet ST), tel. 08-16 2000 (exchange), and Gunnar Stenberg (SEKO), tel. 070-316 43 41.

The application should contain a letter of intent (one to two pages that explain why you are interested in working on this project, why you are interested in studying for a PhD, what you hope to accomplish during your PhD studies, and what skills you can bring to this project), CV, transcripts of all university courses with grades, a copy of your university degree, degree project thesis (or, if not yet completely finished, a draft version or related writing), name and contact information of two references, and any other documents you would like to include.

Welcome with your application, marked with the reference number SU FV-0071-15 as one single pdf-file no later than March 1st, 2015, by e-mail to:registrator from su.se.
State the reference number SU FV-0071-15 also in the subject line of your e-mail.

Stockholm University strives to be a workplace, which is free from discrimination and offers equal opportunities to everyone.

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