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OPEN POSITIONS Ph.D. candidate in molecular ecology of flat oysters

Ph.D. candidate in molecular ecology of flat oysters

The University of Gothenburg meets the challenges of society with diverse knowledge. 47,500 students and 6,400 employees make the university a great and inspiring workplace. Strong research and attractive programs attract researchers and students from all over the world. With new knowledge and new perspectives, the University of Gothenburg is contributing to a better future.

The Department of Marine Sciences ( is Sweden's most complete marine research and education environment, and is one of the few such organizations in Europe. The Department of Marine Sciences, established in 2015, brings together expertise in physical oceanography, marine chemistry, marine biology, marine geology and marine cultural conservation. The department thus has excellent conditions for meeting future challenges in marine research and education. The Department of Marine Sciences is located and has permanent staff in three locations: in Gothenburg and at the research stations Kristineberg and Tjärnö in Bohuslän.


Marine molecular ecology

Subject description

Although European flat oysters (Ostrea edulis) constitute a potentially important marine resource, and that Scandinavian populations are still unaffected by the parasites that have decimated populations on the European mainland, little has been done to investigate where there may be barriers to gene flow along the coasts of Scandinavia, or if there are differences in genetic diversity between geographic areas or local adaptations to environmental factors. With new genomic methods, there are now also excellent conditions for dramatically increasing the understanding of the underlying factors behind adaptations, and for predicting which factors will be important for stocks when the marine environment changes in the future due to global environmental changes (especially climate change and ocean acidification). This project is based on a combination of field studies, breeding of oysters and laboratory experiments linked to genomic and bioinformatic methods to increase the knowledge of flat oyster ecology and population genetics. The project is also linked to marine management through the development of a better classification scheme for management based on genetic data.

Employment conditions

Applicants will work in an international research group within a project aimed at investigating population structure, local adaptations, and resilience to global environmental changes in European flat oysters (Ostrea edulis) in Scandinavia. This group includes researchers at the Department of Marine Sciences, the Technical University of Denmark, the University of Agder and the Swedish Environmental Institute IVL.

The doctoral student is expected to work with combinations of field and laboratory experiments of local adaptations, tolerance to e.g. pH and temperature changes, and to examine the genomic background to differences in tolerance levels between individuals and between populations.


Basic qualifications for postgraduate education is given by: a completed degree at an advanced level, completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 higher education credits are obtained at an advanced level, or in some other way in or outside the country acquired essentially equivalent knowledge.

The applicant must have an education in evolutionary biology, evolutionary genetics or similar fields.

Evaluation criteria

Regulations for employment as a doctoral student are found in Swedish Code of Statutes 1998: 80. Only those who are or have been admitted to PhD-studies may be appointed to doctoral studentships. When appointing, the primary focus is on the ability of the student to take advantage of the postgraduate education. In addition to the obligation to engage in his / her own postgraduate education, the holder may be required to perform duties relating to education, research and administrative work in accordance with specific provisions in the Statutes.

We are looking for a highly motivated and independent person with basic knowledge of evolution and / or genetics, to conduct doctoral studies in science with a focus on biology. The applicant is expected to have a deep interest in research in marine evolutionary biology, willingness to work in a team, ambitions to learn new tasks, and good ability to handle data and to communicate with others.

A good ability to communicate orally and in writing in English is a requirement.

The highest ranked applicants are called for an interview that may be conducted in English and in some cases by telephone / internet.


Employment form: Temporary position, up to 48 months. Full-time.
Placement: Department of Marine Sciences, Tjärnö Marine Laboratory
First day of employment: Upon agreement

Contact information for the employment

Information about this position can be acquired from Dr. Pierre De Wit (


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