The Biology Department of the University of Bergen (Norway) is currently looking to hire a postdoctoral fellow in bioinformatics (4 years), and a PhD student in phylogenomics and population genomics of deep-sea sponges (3 years) to join their Marine Biodiversity Group.

The research will be performed in the scope of the EU-funded H2020 project SponGES “Deep-sea sponge grounds ecosystems of the North Atlantic: an integrated approach towards their preservation and sustainable exploitation”, a collaborative effort coordinated by the University of Bergen and involving 20 European, Canadian and American partners (see:
The project’s primary goal is to develop an integrated ecosystem-based approach for the preservation and sustainable exploitation of deep-sea sponge ecosystems of the North Atlantic, which requires a deep understanding of their diversity, evolutionary and connectivity patterns. In SponGES we will employ a genomic-based approach to investigate the phylogenetic relationships, biogeographic patterns as well as genetic diversity, structure and connectivity of several deep-sea grounds-forming species at different spatial scales. Metagenomic and metatranscriptomic approaches will also be used to assess the composition and infer the function of sponges-associated microbial communities.
Selected candidates will be based at the University of Bergen but collaborate with researchers from several partner institutions of the SponGES consortium.

Find more about the positions and application process following the links below:…/postdoctoral-fellow-in-bioinform……/phd-position-in-phylogenomics-po…

Application deadline: 14th December 2016

For further information don’t hesitate to contact us:
Hans Tore Rapp – (SponGES coordinator)
Joana Xavier – (SponGES scientific manager)

Joana R Xavier
Postdoctoral researcher &
SponGES scientific manager
Centre for Geobiology
Department of Biology
University of Bergen (UiB)
Thormøhlensgate 53A
5006 Bergen
Phone: (+47) 55584479

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