Postdoctoral researcher’s position in molecular genetics (molecular mechanisms of sex-dependent dominance) at the University of Helsinki


A postdoctoral researcher’s position is available until the end of 2019 (with a further 2 year extension possible) in Professor Craig Primmer’s research group at the University of Helsinki, Finland. The position is funded by an ERC Advanced Grant entitled “Age at maturity in Atlantic salmon: molecular and ecological dissection of an adaptive trait”.

The specific role of this postdoctoral researcher will be to conduct and co-supervise research that follows up our earlier findings (see Barson et al. 2015), that aims to understand the molecular mechanisms resulting in sex-dependent dominance of the main candidate gene (vgll3), and thereby sexual conflict resolution in salmon.

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 functional genomics or systems biology in any species as demonstrated by publications in relevant fields. Experience with characterization of transcription co-factor interaction partners, and/or methodologies used in lipidomics, epigenetics, transcriptomics or proteomics, is also advantageous, as is knowledge of bioinformatics, a demonstrated interest in evolutionary genomics and/or experience with fish husbandry. The ability to work as a part of a larger research team addressing related questions is also important.

Informal inquiries should be directed to Professor Craig Primmer (craig.primmer(at)helsinki.fi). Formal applications should include as a single pdf file:
– a CV (with names and contact details of at least two referees)
– a publication list and
– a max. 2 page letter of motivation

To apply, please submit your application using the University of Helsinki electronic recruitment system by clicking on “Apply for job”

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 6 September 2017, with the preferred starting date being January 2018 at the latest (the position is available immediately).

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 c. 3155-3500 EUR per month, depending on the previous relevant research experience of the candidate.

Finland is a member of the EU, has high quality free schooling (also in English), generous family benefits and healthcare, and was recently ranked as the best country in the world for expat families and is listed amongst the top ten most liveable cities in the world. The University of Helsinki is a top 100 ranked university in most ranking lists, and is currently investing heavily in life sciences research (see www.helsinki.fi/en/helsinki-institute-of-life-science ).

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.

Aykanat T et al. 2015. Low but significant genetic differentiation underlies biologically meaningful phenotypic divergence in a large Atlantic salmon population. Molecular Ecology 24, 5158–5174

Aykanat e al. (2016). From population genomics to conservation and management: a workflow for targeted analysis of markers identified using genome-wide approaches in Atlantic salmon. Journal of Fish Biology, 89, 2658–2679

Johnston et al. 2014. Genome-wide SNP analysis reveals a genetic basis for sea-age variation in a wild population of Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar). Molecular Ecology 23:3452–3468.