A postdoctoral position is available at the University of Helsinki, Finland working in Prof. Craig Primmer’s research group (http://www.helsinki.fi/evolution-conservation-and-genomics as a part of an ERC-funded project aiming to investigate evolutionary and ecological factors behind a large effect locus controlling salmon age at maturity (Barson et al. 2015), with the current focus being on common garden and semi-natural experiments (e.g. Debes et al. 2020).

The postdoc will be responsible for continuing experiments on Atlantic salmon studying reaction norms of fitness-related traits in common garden and semi-natural conditions, as well as analyzing 3 years of available data. This work is complemented by molecular, ecological, evolutionary and quantitative genetic research being conducted within the same project.

An appointee to the position shall hold a doctoral degree and have the ability to conduct independent scholarly work. Suitable applicants will have a strong background in the design and implementation of common garden experiments as well as in statistical analysis of evolutionary ecological data, as demonstrated by publications on relevant topics. Experience in evolutionary or quantitative genetics and/or experience with aquatic animal husbandry and experimentation is an advantage. The ability to work as a part of a larger research team addressing related questions is also important.

The position is initially available until 8/2022, possibly with a 1 one year extension option. The salary will be based on level 5 of the demands level chart for teaching and research personnel in the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition, the appointee will be paid a salary component based on personal performance with the overall starting salary amounting to c. 3052-3580 EUR per month, depending on the previous relevant research experience of the candidate.

Formal applications should include as a single pdf file:
- a CV including a list of publications and with names and contact details of at least two referees
- a max. 2 page letter of motivation

To apply, please submit your application using the University of Helsinki electronic recruitment system via the link Apply for the position. Applicants who are employees of the University of Helsinki are requested to submit their application via the SAP HR portal.

The deadline for applications is 10 June 2020, with the preferred starting date being August / September 2020.

Informal inquiries can be directed to Professor Craig Primmer (craig.primmer(at)helsinki.fi).

Finland is a member of the EU, has high quality free schooling (also in English), very affordable childcare, generous family benefits and healthcare, and was recently ranked as the best country in the world for expat families and in the world’s top ten most livable cities. The University of Helsinki is a top 100 ranked university in most ranking lists, and is currently investing heavily in life science research (see https://www.helsinki.fi/en/helsinki-institute-of-life-science). Primmer’s research group currently consists of around 20 people, including 6 post docs, 6 PhD students and 6 research assistants with 11 different nationalities.

Relevant articles:
Barson et al. (2015) Sex-dependent dominance at a single locus maintains variation in age at maturity in salmon. Nature 528:405–408.

Debes et al. (2019). Large single-locus effects for maturation timing are mediated via condition variation in Atlantic salmon. BioRxiv, 1–15. doi: 10.1101/780437 https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/780437v3

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