Doktorand sökes!

Occurrence of free-living lichen mycobionts and its implications
The Department of Ecology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala conduct empirical and theoretical research for sustainable forest and agricultural production and efficient biological conservation. Our research on populations, communities, and ecosystems forms the foundation for studying the influence of land use and climate change on animals, plants, and soils. Solutions are sought that will improve greenhouse gas balances, preserve threatened species, benefit biological diversity and ecosystem services, and control pests in forest and agricultural landscapes as well as in urban areas. Presently, about 40 PhD students work at our department. We are looking for a PhD student who will examine the biology of the ecological system we call lichens, focusing on the boreal forests in Sweden. Using state of the art molecular methods, including pyrosequencing, and statistical data analysis, you will investigate the possible occurrence of free-living, endosubstratic mycelia of lichen mycobionts in the Swedish forests and its implications for lichen conservation and the forest ecosystem.

You should hold a Master degree in Biology (or equivalent). Experience in molecular laboratory techniques, data analysis and a basic knowledge of lichen diversity would be advantageous. Proficiency in spoken and written English as well as good teamwork skills are essential. A current driving license is also a prerequisite.

Forms for funding or employment
Employment as PhD student 4 years

Further information: Professor Göran Thor,, tel. +46 (0)18 67 24 19. See also the home page of G. Thor at

PhD-student commissioner
Nina Almgren, 018-67 15 60,

Applications, marked with ref no 355/2012, must have arrived at the Registrar of SLU, P.O. Box 7070, S- 750 07 Uppsala or no later than 2012-03-12.

Göran Thor