Postdoctoral Researcher in Genomics

University of Jyväskylä


Postdoctoral Researcher in Genomics

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

Postdoctoral Researcher in Genomics, for a fixed period of 15.1.2020-31.1.2022.

We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic postdoc to join our Predator-prey interactions -group. We use  wood tiger moth (Arctia plantaginis) as our model. This moth is Holarctic, warningly coloured, polymorphic moth in which alternative colour morphs differ in behavior, physiology and ecology. This project aims to determine the molecular regulatory mechanisms underpinning the colour polymorphism. Integrating knowledge from these different regulatory levels (i.e. molecule-molecule, predator-prey, and matingpreferences) will allow us to elucidate how different factors determine theoverall fitness of the different phenotypes.The project will be carried out in close collaboration with Prof. Chris Jiggins (Cambridge University) and the postdoc will work both in Cambridge and Jyväskylä.

We have already generated a high quality reference genome assembly using a trio-based assembly method for the study species (N50>10Mb). We have resequence data and have identified a candidate region for the colour polymorphism. The proposed work will use RNA-seq and ATAC-seq as well as genome assembly of additional reference genomes in order to understand the evolutionary origins of the polymorphism and the regulatory networks that underlie the phenotypic variation. 

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The duties and qualification requirements and language skills for the position of the Postdoctoral Researcher are stipulated by the University of Jyväskylä Regulations and language skills guidelines. The postdoctoral researcher is expected to have good skills in English language.

We are looking for candidates with strong background in genomics, with bioinformatics skills in analysis of large genomic data sets and a keen interest in evolutionary biology. Candidates should already have a PhD, or be about to obtain a PhD, in molecular ecology, bioinformatics or other relevant discipline. We hope the postdoc to be able to start as soon as possible. The contract will end 31.1.2022 (extension is possible).

The annual salary range will be approximately  38,000 – 54,000 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 information, please contact: Academy Professor Johanna Mappes,, Dr. Juan Galarza,, or Professor Chris Jiggins,

To find useful information about the University of Jyväskylä, the City of Jyväskylä and living in Finland, see the University's International Staff Guide.

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 6 January 2020 11:45pm (GMT +2) using the online application form.

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