Post-doc in Evolutionary Genomics- Uppsala University, Sweden

We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher (2 years) to work on the evolutionary genomics of adaptive divergence willows (Salix) within a project funded by the Swedish Science Council and the Carl Tryggers foundation.

Willows are a large a diverse genus of dioecious shrubs and trees that occur in various habitats on the Northern Hemisphere, including arctic and alpine habitats. Research questions are expected to include 1) evolution of dwarf growth forms at high altitude and 2) ecological genomics of polyploidization in a ploidy-variable species and its putative progenitors. The post-doc will work in close association with and contribute to an ongoing project on the evolution of sex-determining mechanisms in Salix. The development of further research questions and approaches is highly encouraged, in particular regarding speciation mechanisms (reproductive isolation) and adaptive divergence. 

The postdoc will benefit from our Swedish and international collaborators as well as from a newly generated draft genome of a dwarf willow, tissue collections and ongoing greenhouse cultivation of an Alpine dwarf species. 

The position will be based at the Evolutionary Biology Centre (EBC) at Uppsala University, Sweden where the post-doc will join a highly international and stimulating environment ( Uppsala is a vibrant student town surrounded by beautiful nature and not far from Stockholm, the capital of Sweden. 
Applicants should have a PhD or postdoctoral experience in a relevant area (evolutionary biology, population genomics, ecological genomics). We will prioritize candidates with a strong interest in evolutionary biology. Experience with population genomic methods, as well as skills in bioinformatics and programming, are required.  Prior experience with plant ecology is also very welcome, but not strictly necessary. Our working language is English and candidates should be fluent in spoken and written English. 

The post-doc is funded by a 2-year stipend from the Carl Tryggers foundation. The starting date is flexible, ideally between mid-March and June 2022. Both Swedish and International candidates are welcome, however, candidates cannot hold a current or recent employment/placement at Uppsala University.  PhD exams must have been taken within the last 6 years.  

Informal inquiries to Sophie Karrenberg ( are welcome!

Full applications should be sent by e-mail to, including 1) motivation letter, 2) a detailed CV, 3) a list of publications, and 4) contact details of three referees.  Review of applications will begin from February 15, 2022. The position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.

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