PhD and postdoc positions at SU

From April 1st I am taking up a new position at the Department of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences, University of Stockholm. Already now, I am happy to announce two positions (a PhD and a postdoc) associated with the project Genome evolution in parasitic plants. If you have scientific questions you can direct them to me (, but for questions about University of Stockholm see the adds.

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Open entomology position in Trondheim, Norway

The NTNU University Museum in Trondheim, Norway is seeking a highly motivated entomologist to fill a permanent associate professor position at our Department of Natural History. Please see this announcement for further details:
Best regards,

Torbjørn Ekrem, PhD
Professor of biosystematics
NTNU University Museum, Department of Natural History

Open Position: Research/Project Leader in Insect Biomics

The Department of Bioinformatics and Genetics at the Swedish Museum of Natural History is looking to fill a position as research leader of a large, five-year project in comparative insect biomics funded by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation. The aim is to use metabarcoding of Malaise trap and soil samples to study the size, origins, structure and function of the insect faunas and associated microbiomes in Sweden and on Madagascar. We are looking for a candidate with a research background in relevant fields and excellent organizational and leadership skills.

Read more about the position here:

Application deadline: December 18, 2017

/Fredrik Ronquist

Position as research technician: Plant evolution (Stockholm)

A 12-month research technician position is available in Plant Systematics at the Department of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences, Stockholm University. Work will be split between two projects and will mainly involve NGS sequencing and building a large trait database from the literature.

For more information and how to apply (by 27 Oct 2017), please Stockholm University web:

Museiassistent i botanik

Museiassistent i botanik på Biologiska museet i Lund

Museet i Lund söker en botaniskt kunnig person till en visstidsanställning som museiassistent under hösten. Om du är intresserad finns mer information om man följer länken Senaste ansökningsdag är 4 sept.

Ulf Arup, museichef

Biologiska museet i Lund

Vill du bli chef för norska Artsdatabanken?

Spännande jobb inom biologisk mångfald ledigt!

Ur annonsen:

Vår nåværende direktør skal skifte jobb. Vi søker derfor etter ny direktør som kan lede og utvikle virksomheten videre. Direktøren rapporterer til Artsdatabankens styre.

Direktørens hovedoppgave er å ha det løpende ansvaret for at Artsdatabanken er en uavhengig, troverdig, godt synlig og leveringsdyktig institusjon, som har faglig tyngde og autoritet i bredest mulige kretser. Herunder skal direktøren arbeide med relasjons- og nettverksbygging i forhold til relevante kunnskapsprodusenter og brukere. Direktøren har videre ansvar for at Artsdatabankens leveranser har høy kvalitet og relevans.

Vi søker etter en person som har:

  • Lederfaring og gode lederegenskaper
  • Solid faglig kompetanse innen biologi eller annen relevant utdanning fra universitet/høyskole
  • God samfunns- og rolleforståelse
  • Gode kommunikasjonsevner
  • Et godt og relevant nettverk
  • Tydelig og strukturert arbeidsform
  • Gode evner til å ta initiativ, skape samarbeid og fatte beslutninger

Det vil bli lagt særlig stor vekt på at søkeren har gode lederegenskaper, herunder god evne til å samarbeide med andre. Videre er det viktig at direktøren har evne til å profilere Artsdatabanken utad, samtidig som han/hun har innsikt i de drivende samfunnskrefter som berører Artsdatabankens virksomhet. Det legges vekt på sterk, bred og relevant naturfaglig kompetanse. Erfaring og kjennskap knyttet til forvaltning, forskning og organisasjoner er en fordel. Vi legger avgjørende vekt på personlige egenskaper.

Ansök senast 13 augusti. Läs mer här.


Göteborgs naturhistoriska museum söker ny museichef

Se annons på Arbetsförmedlingen. Sista ansökningsdag: 23 augusti.

Ur annonsen: Vi söker nu dig, som tillsammans med den mycket engagerade och kunniga personalgruppen på ca 30 personer, vill ta nästa steg i utvecklingen av museets verksamhet, tillgänglighet och attraktivitet.

Som ansvarig för Göteborgs Naturhistoriska museum leder och utvecklar du museets samlade verksamhet i dialog med omvärlden och främjar människors engagemang i samhällsfrågor med naturanknytning.Du ansvarar också för museets ekonomi, arbetsmiljö och medarbetare.

Som chef för Göteborgs naturhistoriska museum ingår du i Västarvets publika område där vi tillsammans driver verksamhetsutvecklingen vid våra museer och besöksmål. Du ingår också i Västarvets chefsgrupp där förvaltningsgemensamma frågor av såväl strategiska som operativ art diskuteras.

Postdoctoral fellowships at Stockholm University

Three postdoctoral fellowships are available at the Department of Ecology and Environment and Plant Sciences, Stockholm University. Candidates are free to develop their own projects but need to make to contact with the person who’s group they want to join in advance. Application deadline: 31 Aug 2017.

For further information see: 

Ph.D. opportunity in plant evolutionary biology Nicolaus Copernicus University, Torun, Poland

The Chair of Ecology and Environment Protection ( is recruiting PhD student interested in studying evolution of morphological traits in plants at various time scales. The goal of this project is to contribute towards an understanding of how genetic architecture (the structure of genotype to phenotype mapping) affects the evolution of quantitative traits. According to quantitative genetics theory, the evolution of phenotypic traits depends on the strength of selection and the amount of genetic variation. However, part of this variation maybe constrained by correlations with other traits that are under conflicting selective regimes. In consequence, the ability to respond to selection (evolvability) may be limited, even if a trait has high heritability. However, the extent to which genetic architecture limits phenotypic evolution remains an open question. Likewise, it is unknown whether it affects evolution at the short time scale and is easily overcome by selection, or if the genetic architecture is an important long-term determinant of the direction of evolution. In this project we aim to answer these questions using two plant species from the family Apiaceae, Daucus carota and Ferula communis, as a model system.

This project will be carried out in collaboration with Prof. Thomas Hansen (University of Oslo) and dr Krzysztof Bartoszek (Uppsala University).

Major tasks:

  • phylogenetic analysis of various taxa from the family Apiaceae based on RADseq data
  • establish a database of phenotypic traits (seedlings, fruits, inflorescences and flowers), life history strategies and geographic distributions for species from the family Apiaceae
  • estimate the rate of morphological trait evolution using phylogenetic comparative methods
  • help in developing the R package mvSLOUCH dedicated to analysis of multivariate Ornstein-Uhlenbeck models on phylogeny

The ideal candidate will have a background in molecular biology/population genetics/phylogenetics, as well as experience working with Linux and modern programming languages such as R. Previous experience in generating and analysis of next-generation sequencing data will be considered positively. A condition of the application is a Master degree (or equivalent) in biology or similar subjects.

The stipend for both positions is 3 000 PLN net monthly (app. 700 EURO) for three years. The living cost in Torun is low. For example, a room in a student house (inc. Wi-Fi, kitchen, heating, hot water) is app. 100-150 EURO monthly, loaf of bread 0.5 EURO, beer 0.5-0.7 EURO, beer in pub 1-2 EURO, dinner in restaurant 5-8 EURO.

Nicolaus Copernicus University is located close to the medieval center of Torun ( which is listed among UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage sites. Torun is a dynamic academic city and provides many opportunities for intellectual and cultural stimulation. The Vistula river runs through town and is ideal for the naturalists as many natural protected areas are located in its valley.

If you are interested, please send a CV, a short statement of your research interests (max. one page) and the contact details of at least one academic referee to Marcin Piwczynski
( Feel free to contact him by email for further information. Review of applicants will start in the first week of August 2017. The positions will stay open until filled.

Marcin Piwczynski
Chair of Ecology and Biogeography,
Faculty of Biology and Environment Protection, Nicolaus Copernicus University
Lwowska 1, 87-100 Torun

Post-doctoral researcher Lichens

A two-year postdoctoral position is available in the Department of Botany, Swedish Museum of Natural History, Stockholm. The position is placed within professor Mats Wedin’s research group and is a part of the project “Collemataceae and Placynthiaceae in Sweden” funded by the Swedish Taxonomy Initiative. The research group has several additional projects funded by the Swedish Taxonomy Initiative and the Swedish Research Council, focussing on taxonomic and phylogenetic biodiversity questions in lichens and associated organisms.

Collemataceae and Placynthiaceae in Sweden

Collemataceae and Placynthiaceae together form a strongly supported clade within the major group of Ascomycota that form lichen symbioses with cyanobacteria (Peltigerales). Until very recently, the generic classification of the Collemataceae s. str. was based solely on one character, presence (Leptogium) or absence (Collema) of a cellular cortex. Collema and Leptogium were recently confirmed as highly non-monophyletic, and a new classification was suggested accepting ten mostly well supported groups as genera. There are a couple of generic delimitation problem remaining, but most of the problems in Sweden are species delimitation issues. The sister-group of Collemataceae is Placynthiaceae, a group of comparatively small saxicolous lichens, which is a poorly understood and understudied group. Collemataceae and Placynthiaceae include numerous species delimitation problems. The current species taxonomies in the Nordic countries are based on morphological investigations from the pre-molecular era. The present project aims at resolving species delimitations and remaining generic delimitation questions in these groups, in Sweden and neighbouring areas.


Candidates have a recent PhD in systematics/evolutionary biology or similar, with experience in lichenology and/or mycology. A demonstrated publication record and excellent English communication and writing skills are expected. Good knowledge in molecular lab work, phylogenetics and light microscopy are required, as is experience with independent field work. Knowledge with the groups under study is a strong advantage, as is experience in phylogenetic and coalescent-based species-delimitation studies. A valid driving licence is also an advantage. The successful candidate will mainly pursue own research, but is expected to participate also in other collaborations and undertake some administration (lab management duties) subject to discussion.

The preferred starting date is April 1st 2017, but can be discussed. The appointment is for two years.

For more information please contact professor Mats Wedin ( Union representative is Johannes Lundberg, SACO-S. Both can be reached at telephone number + 46 8 519 540 00.

Mark your application, including a cover letter outlining relevant background, experience and motivation, your CV including a list of publications, contact information for two references, and copies of educational certificates, with dnr 2.3.1-777-2016, and send it as a single pdf document to (copy to or to the Swedish Museum of Natural History, Box 50007, SE 104 05 Stockholm, Sweden, no later than January 28th, 2017.