Researcher Position: Marine Population Genomics

University of Bergen
March 09, 2023
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Researcher Position: Marine Population Genomics About The University of Bergen

The University of Bergen is a renowned educational and research institution, organised into seven faculties and approximately 54 institutes and academic centres. Campus is located in the centre of Bergen with university areas at Nygårdshøyden, Haukeland, Marineholmen, Møllendalsveien and Årstad.

Michael Sars Centre (Sars Centre) is situated at the Marineholmen campus together with other research institutes at the University. The Centre is organized as an independent research center placed within the faculty of Mathematics and Natural Science and partner with European Molecular Biological Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany. – Read more here.

Research scientist

There is a vacancy for a 2-year Researcher position at the Michael Sars Centre in the research group of Dr. Chourrout. The position is funded by Sars Centre core funding. The Sars Centre belongs to the University of Bergen, and is a partner of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) www. The place of work will be at the Michael Sars Centre. The preferred but negotiable starting time is May 2023.

About the project/work tasks:

The research group studies the evolution of chordates using as model organism the tunicate Oikopleura dioica. Tunicates are the sister group of vertebrates, and their evolution has been particularly rapid since both groups have split from each other. To understand how Oikopleura dioica currently evolves, studying its genetic variation in natural conditions is necessary and in principle rather straightforward.

The project, largely based on genome and transcriptome data aims at studying genetic poplymorphism in wild populations, its structure in space (Norwegian coastline including long fjords with possible comparisons to remote datasets) and evolution in time, including the detection of effects from purifying and Darwinian selection.

Oikopleura dioica is easily bred for many generations in the lab, thanks to our very good marine facility, allowing additional studies of genetic transmission and reverse genetics analysis with CRISPR techniques. This species has an unusually short generation (less than a week) during which its body remains transparent and well suited for imaging techniques. As this particular project is new for the lab, the person who will be hired should show/enjoy a high degree of autonomy and is expected to have relevant experience.

Qualifications and personal qualities:
  • The applicant must hold a Norwegian PhD or an equivalent degree in fields related to the project and must have submitted his/her doctoral thesis for assessment prior to the application deadline. It is a condition of employment that the PhD has been awarded
  • The position requires a good knowledge of theoretical population genetics, experience of standard molecular biology techniques and a participation in field collection trips
  • Proficiency in programming (R, Perl, or Python) will be an asset
  • Applicants must be able to work independently and in a structured manner and have the ability to cooperate with others
  • Proficiency in both written and oral English is a requirement
  • Personal and relational qualities will be emphasized. Research experience, ambitions and potential will also count when evaluating the candidates.

    We can offer:
  • A good and professionally challenging working environment
  • Salary as Researcher (code 1109) according to the state salary scale upon appointment. This currently constitutes of a gross annual salary of NOK 573.900. Further promotions are made according to length of service. For particularly highly qualified applicants, a higher salary may be considered
  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Good welfare benefits
  • Applications in English must include:
  • A brief account of the applicant's research interests and motivation for applying for the position
  • The names and contact information for two reference persons. One of these must be your main PhD supervisor
  • CV
  • Transcripts and diplomas and official confirmation that the doctoral thesis has been submitted
  • Relevant certificates/references
  • List of publications or other relevant scientific work
  • Please send your application with attachments electronically via JobbNorge by clicking on the button “Apply for this job”. The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at JobbNorge. Please note that applications will be assessed only with the information available in JobbNorge when the deadline expires. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all relevant attachments are submitted by the deadline.

    Applications by e-mail only will not be considered.

    Closing date for application: 09 March 2023.

    General information:

    Further information about the position can be obtained from Group Leader Pr. Daniel Chourrout, tlf +47 55584313, email: [email protected]

    The state workforce shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position.

    The University of Bergen applies the principle of public access to information when recruiting staff for academic positions.

    Information about applicants may be made public even if the applicant has asked not to be named on the list of persons who have applied. The applicant must be notified if the request to be omitted is not met.

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