PhD student / doktorand

PhD student in Zoological Systematics

We invite applications for a four-year PhD position based at the Swedish Museum of Natural History in Stockholm. PhD students at the museum are admitted to the PhD programme at the Department of Zoology, Stockholm University.

The project is aimed at analysing species diversity of the marine meiofauna group Acoelomorpha in Sweden, estimate the phylogeny of select groups and describe new species. The project includes fieldwork at marine labs where specimens will be collected, identified, documented, and prepared for downstream analyses. The successful candidate will be supervised by Prof. Ulf Jondelius.

In order to meet the general entry requirements, the applicant must have completed a second-cycle degree, completed courses equivalent to at least 240 higher education credits, of which 60 credits must be in the second cycle, or have otherwise acquired equivalent knowledge in Sweden or elsewhere. 

In order to meet the specific entry requirements, the applicants must have completed at least 120 higher education credits in biology, and at least 30 credits from a degree project within zoological systematics, marine biology, evolutionary biology, bioinformatics, or a similar subject.

Experience in the study of microscopic animals, marine biological fieldwork, analysis of nucleotide sequence data, molecular lab techniques and a strong interest in biodiversity are important qualifications.

The position is for four years. A new position as a PhD student is first for one year and then normally renewed for up to two years at a time. Closing date for the application is 15 June

For more information, please contact Ulf Jondelius (
We accept digital applications only. More information, instructions on how to apply, and a submission form are at

Apply for research funding from the Swedish Taxonomic Initiative

This year’s call for research funding from the Swedish Taxonomy Initiative is still open. If you perform research in taxonomy or systematics, you can apply for up to SEK 3,500,000 for an individual project.

The research should focus on the taxonomy or systematics of multicellular organisms that are poorly known in Sweden or the Nordic countries. The funding is adminsistrated by SLU Swedish Species Information Centre.

For example, funds can be used to hire a doctoral student, postdoctoral fellow or researcher. The project’s emphasis will be on Swedish species, but it may also include higher systematics and a larger geographical area. It is also possible to apply for grants for inventories if they are clearly linked to research.

The last date to apply is May 26.

Call and application:


Nu kan du söka bidrag för nätverkande aktiviteter

SLU Artdatabanken vill stärka samverkan och kunskapsöverföring inom taxonomi och systematik. Nu kan du som vill anordna en nätverkande aktivitet söka bidrag från Svenska artprojektet. Sista ansökningsdatum är 21 april. För mer information och ansökan:

ForBio, STI, and Tjóðsavnið course: Biosystematics, ecology and applied science of flies and midges (Insecta: Diptera)

ForBio and the Swedish Taxonomy Initiative invite applicants to “Biosystematics, ecology and applied science of flies and midges (Insecta: Diptera)”. The course is hosted by Agnes-Katharina Kreiling and Leivur Janus Hansen from the Faroe Islands National Museum, Tjóðsavnið and will be held at Sandur (Sandoy), Faroe Islands.

Time and place: June 23, 2023–June 30, 2023, Sandur (Sandoy), Faroe Islands

Application deadline: March 13, 2023

ForBio, STI, and Tjóðsavnið course: Biosystematics, ecology and applied science of flies and midges (Insecta: Diptera) – ForBio (

Photo: Torbjørn Ekrem, NTNU University Museum, CC-BY-SA 4.0.

ForBio and STI course: DNA barcoding – from sequences to species 2023

ForBio and the Swedish Taxonomy Initiative invites applicants to the course DNA-barcoding – from sequences to species. The course will be held at NTNU in Trondheim, Norway.

Time and place: May 8, 2023–May 12, 2023, NTNU, Trondheim

ForBio and STI course: DNA barcoding – from sequences to species 2023 – ForBio (

Application deadline: March 10th, 2023

2 year post on Madagascar grass taxonomy (Kew)

I am advertising for a 2 year position at the Kew herbarium to complete our taxonomic work on Malagasy Digitaria grasses, and compile our new guidebook to the common Malagasy highland grasses. Someone familiar with taxonomic literature and guidebooks, someone who likes grasses, and someone good at international comms and keen to work in Madagascar would be perfect.

Closing date 31 December 2022.

Best wishes


Dr Maria (Bat) S. Vorontsova

PhD Position (Munich): From humid tropics into the arid zones: phylogenomics of Amaranthaceae sensu stricto (Caryophyllales)

The Prinzessin Therese von Bayern Chair of Systematics, Biodiversity & Evolution of Plants at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich led by Prof. Gudrun Kadereit is offering a PhD position in the framework of the DFG-SPP1991 TaxonOMICS, supervised by Dr. Anze Zerdoner Calasan.

Announcement (pdf)

Reminder: Sign up – Centennial anniversary of the ecotype concept 29th of November

This year is the centennial anniversary of the ecotype concept, which was coined by the Swedish geneticist Göte Turesson in 1922. Since then, the ecotype has served – and is still serving – as a focal concept in evolutionary ecology, especially in studies of the interaction between plants and their environment. The concept and methods introduced by Turesson have also had a large impact on the assessment of phenotypic variation for crop improvement, in its modern form known as ”envirotyping”. Turesson got his basic education in Biology at the University of Washington, USA. He returned to Sweden and received his PhD from Lund University in 1923. He was active in southern Sweden until 1935 when he became a professor in systematic botany and genetics at the Agricultural College at Ultuna outside Uppsala. 

We plan to celebrate the anniversary by organizing a symposium on 29th November together with the annual NordPlant meeting on “Envirotyping for plant breeding and precision agriculture”  which takes place the day after, 30th November.  Both meetings are located at Blå Hallen, Ecology Building, Lund University. The symposium will be in a hybrid format, with the option to participate online

The programme on 29th November starts with a welcome reception between 08.30-09.15, followed by a general introduction and then a presentation of the historical context of the ecotype concept by Anna Tunlid (Lund University). Invited specialists will present different aspects of present-day applications of the ecotype concept. See attached program.

You now can now sign up for participation at the symposium from this net page:

Note that the number of seats is limited for the lunch and symposium dinner,  so please sign up as soon as possible, not later than Sunday 20 November.  However, it is possible to sign up later if you plan to attend remotely (through zoom) or do not plan to join the lunch and symposium dinner. 

Organizers: Stefan Andersson, Nils Cronberg, Magne Friberg, Mikael Hedrén, Øystein Opedal from Lund University and Helena Persson from SLU Alnarp

Sponsors: Elly Olssons fond, Mendelian Society in Lund