A postdoctoral position is available to study the genomics of parasitic disease in salmonid fish by joining the research group of Prof. Anti Vasemägi at the Institute of Freshwater Research, Department of Aquatic Resources, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. Research in the Vasemägi group focuses on understanding the relationships between genotype and phenotype, genetic basis of adaptation and how contemporary natural- and human-induced selection works on ecological time-scales. The project builds on our previous work on host-parasite interactions and impact of Proliferative Kidney Disease (PKD) in salmonid fish.
This project aims to shed light on the spread, prevalence, connectivity and impact of the emerging temperature-dependent disease on anadromous salmonids in the Baltic Sea. We focus on the myxozoan parasite Tetracapsuloides bryosalmonae, the causative agent of proliferative kidney disease (PKD), which can cause high mortality both in wild and hatchery reared salmonid populations. By combining genomic and transcriptomic approaches, long-term temperature records and available ecological data, this project will i) gather critical information on the spread, prevalence and physiological impact of T. bryosalmonae in Baltic sea trout and salmon populations; ii) describe the genetic structuring and connectivity of the parasite among rivers; iii) evaluate the impact of PKD on anadromous salmonid recruitment.
The position is one of three exciting postdoctoral positions in advanced ecology and genomics initiated at the same time at the Department. All of these projects will resolve key ecological issues and produce knowledge needed for responding to a major societal challenge: sustainable food production in future climates. You will be part of our team working with molecular ecology and population genomics of aquatic organisms. You will carry out laboratory work, bioinformatic and population genetic analyses to characterize the spread, prevalence and connectivity of T. bryosalmonae, and impact of PKD. The principal responsibilities include phenotyping, sample collection, DNA extraction, library preparation, analyses of next-generation sequencing data, genotyping-by-sequencing, writing manuscripts and keeping detailed notes and logs of the analyses.
We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with a PhD degree in evolutionary biology, genomics, bioinformatics, or similar field. Suitable applicants have a strong background in next generation sequencing data analysis, transcriptomics, population genomics and/or host-parasite interactions as demonstrated by publications in relevant fields. Candidates should be familiar with one or more programming languages (such as Python, Perl, or R). Excellent communication skills in both oral and written English are expected. Candidates should be able to work both independently and as part of a collaborative team.
Fixed term employment of 2 years.
By agreement; the position is immediately available.
Please submit your application electronically using the button below no later than 2018-08-28.
Applications must contain (1) CV and copy of PhD diploma, (2) statement of scientific interests and motivation for applying to this position, (3) description of research experience and other activities of relevance for the position, as well as (4) contact information of at least two references.
The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) develops the understanding and sustainable use and management of biological natural resources. The university ranks well internationally within its subject areas. SLU is a research-intensive university that also offers unique degree programmes in for example rural development and natural resource management, environmental economics, animal science and landscape architecture.
SLU has just over 3,000 employees, 5,000 students and a turnover of SEK 3 billion. The university has invested heavily in a modern, attractive environment on its campuses in Alnarp, Umeå and Uppsala.
SLU is an equal opportunity employer.