Post-doctoral Researcher in Metagenomics

University of Jyväskylä


Post-doctoral researcher in metagenomics / microbial evolutionary ecology

The University of Jyväskylä is a human-centered environment of 2,500 experts and 14,500 students. Our goal is to create wisdom and wellbeing for all. JYU's naturally beautiful campus is located in the heart of the city of Jyväskylä. JYU is the third largest employer in Central Finland.

The Department of Biological and Environmental Science is currently seeking to recruit staff to the position of 

Post-doctoral researcher in metagenomics / microbial evolutionary ecology, starting 1 February 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter, contract length maximum of three years.

Watts group studies adaptation and fitness in animal and microbial model systems, with an emphasis on identifying the impacts of anthropogenic activities on genome structure and also community structure and function in microbiota.

We are seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher to join our group and to study the indoor microbiota. A main aim of the research is to examine how the current and future climate may interact with important aspects of building design, such as the type of building materials and the hygrothermal properties of the building, to affect the composition of the indoor microbial community. The project also aims to integrate empirical data with the outcomes of laboratory experiments to develop models capable of predicting future microbial communities.

The successful candidate will join an international team of researchers at the Department of Biological and Environmental Science, University of Jyväskylä, and also s/he will be part of a multidisciplinary consortium that includes the research groups of Dr Antti Haapala (Wood Materials Science, University of Eastern Finland) and Dr Filip Fedorik (Structures and Construction Technology, University of Oulu).

To be eligible, the candidate will have completed a postdoctoral (PhD) degree in a relevant biological discipline. S/he is expected to have excellent written and oral communication skills, and be highly organised and capable of liaising with diverse stakeholders. The candidate will have a strong interest in microbiology, experimental evolution and/or genomics, and s/he will need to have bioinformatics expertise (e.g. be capable of analysing metabarcoding and metagenomics data using R and/or UNIX environments). Experience with molecular biology methods and/or programming is an advantage, as is possession of a full driving license. 

The duties, qualification requirements and language skills of a postdoctoral researcher are stipulated by the University of Jyväskylä Regulations and language skills guidelines. The selected person is required to have a command of  English language.

The annual salary range will be approximately 38,000 EUR (gross income, including holiday bonus), depending on the qualifications and experience of the candidate.

A trial period of six months will be used when the position is first filled. 

For further details, please contact: Prof Phillip Watts (

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Please attach the following documents to the online application form: 

  1. Curriculum vitae (CV), composed according to good scientific practice and considering, when possible, the template for a researcher’s curriculum vitae by the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity. A list of two referees and their contact information must also be included in the CV.
  2. Short application / motivation letter, including research interests and plan.
  3. List of publications covering all the scientific and other publications of the applicant.
  4. Relevant certificates / diplomas

Please submit your application at the latest by 24 January 2020 11:45 pm (GMT +2) using the online application form.

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