Postdoctoral opportunity in Evolutionary Genomics/Bioinformatics – Uppsala, Sweden

The University of Uppsala is seeking for a highly motivated post-doctoral fellow in Evolutionary Genomics/Bioinformatics for a two-year position at the Department of Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology, Uppsala University in Prof. Leif Andersson’s research group.

The main research interest of the group is the evolution of biodiversity based onpopulation genomics of natural populations of fishes and birds. They are analysing extensive data sets including whole genome sequencing as well as SNP chip data for a number of fish species including Atlantic herring, European sprat, European eel, Atlantic horse mackerel and European cisco and use these to study ecological adaptation and signatures of selection. Other major projects in the group concerns the Evolution of Darwin’s finches and their beaks and The evolution of supergenes. The following publications illustrate ongoing research; Fish genomics: (eLife, PMID: 33274714; PNAS, PMID: 33479174; The evolution of darwin’s finches: (Current Biology, PMID: 34687609; Science Advances, PMID: 35857449); Evolution of a supergene in ruff: BioRxiv,


Take part in bioinformatic analysis of whole genome sequence data (short read as well as long read), SNP chip data, RNAseq, DNA methylation and ATAC-seq data; population genetic analysis including analysis of population structure, nucleotide diversity and divergence, detection of signals of selection based on whole genome sequence data or SNP data from thousands of individuals; identification and characterisation of causal variants.


A PhD in bioinformatics or a related area earned not later than 5 years ago (time spent on parental leave can be deducted). Experience in handling large scale next-generation sequence data is an absolute requirement. Competence in computational biology population genetics and evolutionary genomics is a merit. Since the project requires interacting with other team members and other research groups, ability to interact with others is important.

Further information and applications
Prof. Leif Andersson, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology, Uppsala University,
Deadline: You are welcome to submit your application no later than May 15, 2023 by email:
Documents: Please include CV, a letter describing your research interest and skills, and the names and contact information (address, email address, and phone number) of at least two reference persons. The position is available as soon as the applications have been evaluated.