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OPEN POSITIONS Post-doc in biology

At the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences (BioEnv) we have teaching and research activities that stretch from the alpine ecosystem, through forests, cultivated land and streams, all the way into the marine environment. In these environments we study different levels of biological organisation from genes, individuals and populations, to communities and ecosystems. We work within ecology, evolution, physiology, systematics and combinations of these fields in order to understand the impact of natural and anthropogenic changes of the environment.

The department is placed at three different localities: in Gothenburg Botanical garden, at Medicinarberget in Gothenburg, and at the marine research station that is run by the Sven Lovén Centre for Marine Infrastructure-Kristineberg.
The current position is placed at the Gothenburg Botanical Garden.

Postdoctoral position:Building the tree of life from molecular sequences

Type of employment: Fixed-term employment, two years
100 %
Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Gothenburg
First day of employment:
As soon as possible or upon agreement

Project description

We are looking for a highly motivated and skilled person to work with building the Tree (or Network) of Life – large molecular phylogenetic trees linking all species sequenced to date. This work will be mainly carried out within the framework of SUPERSMART (http://www.supersmart-project.org/), a multi-national research initiative recently published in Systematic Biology (https://doi.org/10.1093/sysbio/syw066).

Job assignments

  • Further develop SUPERSMART to increase its user-friendliness and accuracy. This work will involve collaboration between Chalmers, the University of Gothenburg and national and international collaborators
  • To link SUPERSMART with an improved, self-updating version of the PhyLoTa browser under construction (http://phylota.net/)
  • To run SUPERSMART analyses including all organisms sequenced to date
  • To carry out own research as well as provide some basic assistance to students and researchers using the platform, often under collaborative terms


The applicant must hold a PhD in an area relevant for the tasks at hand (computational biology, molecular phylogenetics, bioinformatics, computer science, or related field). Note that the thesis must be awarded prior to the starting date. Preference will be given to candidates who have been awarded the degree no more than three years before the application deadline. Applicants with a degree awarded earlier may also be preferred if specific reasons exist. Such specific reasons may be a leave due to illness, parental leave or other similar circumstances.

Other required qualifications:

  • Documented capacity to work in groups and independently
  • Advanced skills in Perl and Unix-environments
  • Advanced skills in phylogenetics
  • Experience working with computer clusters (parallelised computing)
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills in English

Assessment (other desirable qualifications)

  • Experience in designing and maintaining web/graphical interfaces
  • Skills in other programming languages, such as python or R
  • Experience building very large phylogenetic trees
  • Experience with phylogenetic diversity metrics, molecular dating, biogeography, comparative phylogenetic analyses, ancestral trait evolution, and/or next-generation sequencing data
  • Experience with machine learning
  • Knowledge of Bayesian and Maximum Likelihood methods
  • Experience with UNIX system administration (installing and debugging programs etc.)


The application should preferably be written in English and must include:

  • A cover letter with the applicant’s justification for the application, i.e., that describes how the applicant meets the selection criteria (max. one A4 page)
  • A list of qualifications (CV)
  • Certificate of PhD exam and other educations of relevance
  • Complete list of publications, including submitted and accepted manuscripts
  • Employments certificates and other documents deemed important by the applicant
  • Contact information for at least two referees that are familiar with the applicant’s qualifications


The top ranked candidates will be selected for an interview, which will be held in English and might be performed by phone /skype.


The employment is a full-time position for 24 months with placement at the Department of Biological and Environmental Science.

For further information please contact

Alexandre Antonelli, professor   
Phone: +46 703 989 570
Email: alexandre.antonelli@bioenv.gu.se
Webpage: http://antonelli-lab.net/

Henrik Aronsson, professor and head of the department
Tel. +46 31 786 48 02

Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg: http://www.gu.se/english/about_the_university/job-opportunities/union-representatives


How to apply

In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment sytem. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and it is submitted before the deadline. The selection of candidates is made on the basis of the qualifications registered in the application.
Any document that is not available in electronical format should be mailed to:  University of Gothenburg, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Att: Lena Sjöblom, Box 463, 405 30 Gothenburg.

Reference number should be clearly stated when sending complementary documentation.

Closing date 2017-08-20

The University of Gothenburg promotes equal opportunities, equality and diversity.

Salary is determined on an individual basis.

Applications will be destroyed or returned (upon request) two years after the decision of employment has become final. Applications from the employed and from those who appeal the decision will not be returned.



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