Sunday, November 23, 2008

Sweden PhD position in Department of Evolution, Genomics and Systematics 2009/2010

Department of Evolution, Genomics and Systematics, Uppsala University,
Sweden, invites applications for

Doctoral student position in molecular evolution with the focus on
genome evolution of microbial eukaryotes

The doctoral student will be part of a comparative genomics project on
the protist group diplomonads under the supervision of Dr. Jan Andersson
( ). The
information below can be found at

Project description:* * Diplomonads are a group of anaerobic microbial
eukaryotes that have two cell nuclei. The human intestinal parasite
/Giardia lamblia /belongs to diplomonads, but there are also free-living
members of the group. The project will study how genetic information is
transferred between the two nuclei, among diplomonads, and between
diplomonads and other organisms, over evolutionary time. The aim is an
understanding how these and other evolutionary processes interact with
various lifestyles within the group.

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*Comparative genomic methods will be used on data generated with
next-generation sequencing methods from a diversity of diplomonads. The
project will have a strong bioinformatic component, but also molecular
biology methods may be included. The results from this project are
relevant for epidemiological studies, although the main focus will be on
a deeper understanding of genome evolution of microbial eukaryotes. *

The position will be within a creative international research
environment at the Department of Genomics, Evolution and Systematics
( at Uppsala University (
The project is in collaboration with research groups in Sweden and Canada.

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*Qualifications:* We are looking for an excellent, strongly motivated
candidate with a keen interest in microbial evolution. The PhD position
requires a Master of Science, or equivalent, in bioinformatics,
microbiology, molecular biology, or in a field which is relevant for the
topic of the project. *Your application* should include a short
description of research interests and relevant experiences, curriculum
vitae, copy of relevant exam and notes, master’s thesis or an outline
thereof, and other relevant information you wish to include. Candidates
are asked to provide names of at least two reference persons or to
include letters of recommendation.

For appointment as PhD student it is required that the PhD student is
accepted to the researcher’s education. The position may include
departmental duties at a lvel of at most 20% (typically teaching).
Local guidelines for the salary class are applicable. Starting date as
soon as possible.

*Information* concerning the PhD position can be obtained from Associate
Professor Jan Andersson, e-mail:
Web page: Representatives of the labor
unions are Anders Grundström, SACO, phone +4618-471 5380, Carin
Söderhäll, TCO/ST, phone +4618-471 1996, and Stefan Djurström, SEKO,
phone +4618-471 3315.

*You are welcome* to submit your written application *the latest on
December 1, 2008*, to the address: Registrator, UFV-PA 2008/2693,
Uppsala universitet, Box 256, S-751 05 Uppsala, Sweden; or via fax:
+4618-471 2000 or via e-mail, to:_
If an application is sent by fax or e-mail,
it has to be completed by a written application within a week’s time
after the deadline of the application period.**