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

ForBio and STIRS Course: Microalgae – systematics, taxonomy and species identification

Time and place: Sep. 11, 2017 Sep. 22, 2017Biological Station Drøbak, Norway

photo: Jahn Throndsen, UiO

This practical course will present an overview of the microalgae – marine and freshwater, pelagic and benthic. We will cover the systematics, taxonomy and identification of ochrophytes (including diatoms), dinoflagellates, haptophytes, chlorophytes, cryptophytes, euglenophytes and cyanobacteria. Sessions will include lectures, fieldwork and laboratory exercises. The students will be trained in various techniques for identification and sampling.

Learning targets:

  • General understanding of systematics and taxonomy of microalgae including cyanobacteria
  • A variety of techniques for collecting microalgae
  • Techniques for species identification

A number of expert teachers (currently confirmed: Wenche Eikrem, Bente Edvardsen, Nina Lundholm, Anna Godhe, Birger Skjelbred) are responsible for different parts of the course. Participants are expected to read the course curriculum (to be announced) prior to the course, and take active part in all sessions.

Target group: PhD students, master students, postdocs, researchers, consultants, government officials, museum staff – with relevant background in biology.

Working language: English/Scandinavian

Recommended course credits: 5 ECTS

Examination: Digital exam end of September

Fee: No course fee for accepted participants

Accommodation, food and travel: Shared dormitory accommodation is free of charge. Meals are not included, but the station has cooking facilities and food can be bought and prepared together in shifts. ForBio will cover travel for Norwegian ForBio members.

Number of participants: Maximum 20. In case of more applicants, participants will be selected based on the scientific, educational and/or professional merit of the course for the applicants, with priority given ForBio members and students/researchers enrolled in the Swedish Taxonomy Initiative (STIRS) or NABIS. Results of the selection process will be announced via e-mail ca. one week after the application deadline.

Registration: By June 15th 2017. Please register using this online form, including a statement of motivation and a short CV outlining relevant experience and level of education.

Questions: ForBio coordinator Aino Hosia or STIRS representative Maria Backlund.

Senior curator, Zoology, Naturhistoriska riksmuseet closing 9 June

The Swedish Museum of Natural History is hiring a researcher for a position as Senior Curator at the Department of Zoology


The Department of Zoology was formed in spring 2013 after merging of the former departments of entomology, invertebrate zoology, and vertebrate zoology. At the department we curate large research collections of non-fossil animals which are continuously expanded and used by researchers at the museum as well as international researchers.

Research at the Department of Zoology is focused on phylogenetics, evolution, biodiversity, morphology, taxonomy and biogeography in a range of animal groups.


We seek an excellent researcher with an independent research program in systematic zoology to strengthen research and collections at the Department, and contribute to outreach and higher education activities. The research must be collection-based, or otherwise beneficial for collection enrichment and enhancement.



  • Conducting research at a high international level in systematic zoology; acquiring external research funding; publishing in high ranked international journals; presenting results of research at national and international conferences.


  • Participating in enrichment and revising of the scientific collections. The position includes curatorial responsibilities for part of the collections.


  • Supervising students at MSc and PhD level.


  • Teaching at graduate (including doctoral) and undergraduate levels.


  • Conveying scientific results to the public.


  • Participating in other activities at the department and the museum.




A doctoral degree (PhD) in biology with a specialty in systematic zoology. Well-documented scientific outcome with papers in international journals. A proven record of external funding is highly desirable. Experience of teaching and supervision, as well as building and managing a research group, is qualifying. Experience from museum-based collection management and fieldwork is qualifying. Preference may be given to a qualified candidate specialized in an organism group in which we are currently lacking taxonomic expertise.

Proficiency in English, social skills, and excellent ability to cooperate are requirements.


The application (in English) should consist of one PDF with the following items


  1. Cover letter explaining your interest in the position.
  2. Curriculum vitae, including all past and present academic career steps and employments.
  3. Publication list including all published scientific papers
  4. The five most important papers.
  5. Description of experience in research and collection management.
  6. Research plan within the announced position.
  7. Name, affiliation and e-mail address of two references.
  8. Other qualifications or information the applicant finds relevant for the present position.


Terms of employment

The position is a full time permanent appointment with a six month probationary period.

The Swedish Museum of Natural History can promote an employee to professor.

Non-Swedish speaking employees are expected to learn Swedish.


The Swedish museum of Natural History strives for gender balance and ethic and cultural diversity among its staff.


For more information (no applications), please contact Kjell Arne Johanson Head of the Department of Zoology (

Union representative is Emily Dock Åkerman, SACO-S. She can be reached at telephone number + 46 8 519 540 00.


The complete application must be submitted to or the Swedish Museum of Natural History, P. O. Box 50007, SE-104 05 Stockholm, Sweden, no later than June 9, 2017. Mark your application dnr 2.3.1-270-2017. in Gothenburg August 15-18 – register now

Dear systematists,

This is to remind you that the deadline for Early Bird registration to the conference in Gothenburg is June 1. You can also register after this date, but the fee would be higher. Also for the subsequent planning of the conference, it would help us if you can register before the deadline.

The program has developed considerably and will cover very interesting topics in the wide field of systematics. You can find an updated version of the program and much more on the conference website:

Feel welcome to Gothenburg in August!

Mikael H

Sök medel till taxonomisk forskning och inventeringar från Svenska artprojektet – Grants for taxonomic research and inventories from the STI

Svenska artprojektet har utlyst medel för taxonomisk forskning och inventering gällande dåligt kända organismgrupper i Sverige. Sista ansökningsdag är 1 juni 2017. Läs mer här. Nästa ordinarie utlysning sker i april 2018.

The Swedish Taxonomy Initiative (STI) has announced grants for taxonomic research and inventories within poorly known organismal groups in Sweden.  Apply before 1 June 2017. Read more here. Next announcement will be made in April, 2018.

Want to know more? Contact STI’s Research Officer.

Christoffer Schander memorial fund (Marine Biology)

Going to a conference and can’t find travel funds? Interested in museum collections but can’t afford to get to the incredible resources for your research? Doing cool fieldwork but hampered by the expense? Then we have a possible answer: The Christoffer Schander Memorial Fund is giving 3 stipends of 10 thousand crowns to worthy recipients in spring 2017.

The main focus of the fund lies in encouraging scientific cooperation in marine biology by providing financial support for fieldwork (collecting of material for taxonomic and/or biodiversity work) and taxonomic studies in museum collections.

Visiting marine taxonomists and systematists can apply for funding for travel and accommodation in connection to short term visits at the Marine Biological Station in Espegrend and at the University Museum of Bergen Norway. Likewise, Master and PhD students in marine biology at University of Bergen can apply for support for short-term projects in cooperation with other institutions or support for conference participation where they will present their own results. Projects including fieldwork or work in scientific collections will be prioritized.

Selection will be done by the five member funding board of national and international scientists and family members.

Please include a letter of intent, describing the purpose of your stay in Bergen or trip to other institutions, and a short CV. Students should include a letter of support from their supervisor. Applications will be evaluated shortly after the submission deadline and successful candidates will be informed in early June.

Deadline is May 31, 2017. Please send the complete application form as a single attachment to


PhD position announcement

Lund University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biology

We seek a PhD student for a project: 

Ecotype differentiation in plants – a first step towards speciation?
– Scorzoneroides (= Leontodon) autumnalis as a model to link phenotypic expression and genomic differentiation with ecotype specialization, phylogeographic history and taxonomic complexity

Short project description

Scandinavia has been recolonized by plants after the last glaciation and only a few species are endemics. On the other hand, several groups of plants have developed more or less distinct ecotypes. These may represent a first step towards speciation, initiated after post-glacial migration. They may alternatively represent older lineages that have different immigration histories, which have arrived from different directions or at different times. Differentiation may thus have originated at one or several occasions and the future development is dependent on local selection pressures, gene flow among ecotypes and eventual development of sterility barriers. The Asteraceae family belong to the crown of the angiosperm phylogenetic tree, representing one of the fastest radiating families during the recent millions of years. We aim to understand what traits have made this plant family successful through studies of Scorzoneroides autumnalis

For details, see:

Biologiska mångfaldens dag 22/5


Här kommer ett meddelande från mig, Rebecka Le Moine (naturvårdsbiolog) tillsammans med Erik Hansson (grundare och chefsredaktör för till många olika naturorganisationer, naturum och föreningar. Vi tycker att det skulle vara väldigt roligt om Sveriges många naturorganisationer gör en satsning på Biologiska mångfaldens dag i år den 22 maj. Kanske är det något som medlemmarna i Systematikföreningen skulle vilja engagera sig i? I sådana fall uppmärksammar vi det gärna på!

Biologisk mångfald är den mest överskridna av våra planetära gränser. Många arter hinner utrotas av oss innan vi ens upptäckt dem och man räknar med att det utrotas upp till 100 arter om dagen. Trots dessa dystra siffror finns det hopp. Vi har aldrig vetat så mycket som vi vet i dag. Det finns inte bara kunskap utan även en stor vilja att bevara den biologiska mångfalden.

Det är dags att etablera Biologiska mångfaldens dag ordentligt!

Vi uppmanar nu föreningar, lärosäten, företag och privatpersoner att lyfta frågan om våra arter den 22 maj. Målet är att vi tillsammans gör det till en dag full av aktiviteter över hela landet som uppmärksammar biologisk mångfald.

Ta gärna kontakt med exempelvis naturföreningar, skolor, politiker, länsstyrelser, museum och fråga om de inte kan göra någon aktivitet den 22 maj (helgen innan, 20-21 maj går naturligtvis också bra).

Här är några förslag:

  • Gör organiserade naturutflykter som är öppna för allmänheten.
  • Ta med skolklasser ut i närnaturen för att visa på den biologiska mångfalden.
  • Anordna bioblitz (registrera alla arter som kan hittas) i områden som behöver kartläggas.
  • Håll utbildning i hur man skiljer olika arter åt.
  • Gör en utställning på temat.
  • Håll en fredlig manifestation i mångfaldens tecken. Exempel: skriv varsin ”favorit-art” på varsitt band för att sedan knyta banden i ett träd.
  • Konstruera fågelholkar, bihotell eller något annat som gynnar den biologiska mångfalden tillsammans.
  • Bjud in till föreläsning eller workshop i ämnet, eller varför inte ett panelsamtal med lokala politiker.
  • Skriv en debattartikel i ämnet och skicka in till tidningar. Be att få den publicerad den 22/5.
  • Sprid information om Biologiska mångfaldens dag i sociala medier. Använd hashtagen #BioMfDag

Hör av dig till oss om du är intresserad av att skapa ett event eller har tips på en aktivitet som sker den dagen, så listar vi det gärna på

Exempel på aktiviteter på Biologiska mångfaldens dag 22 maj:


Rebecka Le Moine (naturvårdsbiolog)

Erik Hansson (grundare och chefredaktör på

Familj letar vattengråsuggor

Welcome to Göteborg on April 19: Scott Edwards’ lecture and inauguration of GGBC

Welcome to Scott Edward’s public lecture and inauguration of the Gothenburg Global Biodiversity Centre

Date: April 19, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: Conference Centre Wallenberg, Medicinaregatan 20 A, Wallenbergsalen, Göteborg


14.00 Welcome! – Karin Hårding, GoCas representative
14.05 Pam Fredman, rektor GU
14.10 Stefan Bengtsson, rektor Chalmers
14.15 Alexandre Antonelli, director Gothenburg Global Biodiversity Centre
14.25-15.10 Scott Edwards (Harvard University), Origins of Biodiversity: Birds, Dinosaurs and DNA
15.10-15.30 Questions and discussion
15.30-16.00 Coffee, cake and continued discussions. Informal poster session.
Origins of Biodiversity: Birds, Dinosaurs and DNA
Although we know from paleontology that dinosaurs are still among us in the form of birds today, it is less clear how dinosaur genomes changed to evolve into the streamlined, feathery creatures that are now found throughout the globe. In this talk we will take a journey starting from the dinosaur ancestors of birds and learn how modern genomics and evolutionary theory can tell us not only what dinosaur genomes looked like, but also the key events in DNA that transformed dinosaurs into birds. It is a fascinating story covering over 200 million years of evolution, and gives us insight into how birds are coping with modern pressures of human-induced global changes.

From early April to June 2017, Professor Scott V. Edwards from Harvard University is leading researchers from biology, medicine, mathematics, physics and computer science in a joint effort to reach new insights in the evolution of biodiversity on earth.

More information at:

Swedish press release at: