postdoctoral fellow position at the Department of Biology within bioinformatics

There is a vacancy for a postdoctoral fellow position at the Department of Biology within bioinformatics. The position is for a period of 4 years, and is connected to the Marine Biodiversity Group.

*About the project/work tasks:*
The Marine Biodiversity Group of UiB has been focusing on the taxonomy, systematics and biogeography of marine invertebrates and algae of both shallow and deep-sea habitats of the Boreo-Arctic region, using a range of approaches from classical taxonomy to next-generation-sequencing technologies.
The research will be in great part performed in the scope of the *EU-funded project SponGES* on the “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.
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.
Phylogenetic and population-level studies performed in sponges have been in most part restricted to shallow-water species, and relatively limited in terms of the nature and number of markers used. 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.

The candidate will be based at the University of Bergen but collaborate with researchers from several partner institutions of the SponGES consortium.

*The activities will entail:*
assisting in data and sampling design development of data analyses pipelines analyses of genomic and transcriptomic datasets training and co-supervision of MSc and PhD-level students publishing in internationally recognized journals

*Qualifications and personal qualities:*
The applicant must hold a PhD degree in biological sciences or
bioinformatics, or have submitted his/her doctoral thesis for assessment prior to the application deadline. It is a condition of employment that the PhD has been awarded.
The applicant must have a strong background in phylogenomics / population genomics

Experience in developing and analysing genomic / transcriptomics datasets (e.g. GBS, RADseq, RNAseq) from non-model organisms, experience working in a Linux/Unix environment, and competence in scripting languages (e.g. Python, Perl)
Work independently and in a structured manner, and have the ability to work as part of a large collaborative team.
Proficiency in both written and oral English

*About the position of postdoctoral fellow*
The position of postdoctoral fellow is a fixed-term appointment with the primary objective of qualifying the appointee for work in top academic positions.
The fixed term period for this position is 4 years, of which 25 per cent of the employment period comprises required duties associated with research, teaching and dissemination. Individuals may not be hired for more than one fixed-term period as a postdoctoral fellow at the same institution.

Upon appointment, applicants must submit a project proposal for the qualifying work.
The project proposal must be prepared in cooperation with the project manager/supervisor and must also include a schedule. It is a requirement that the project is completed in the course of the period of employment.

*We can offer:*
a good and professionally challenging working environment.
salary at pay grade 57 (Code 1352) in the state salary scale. This
currently amounts to an annual salary of NOK 486 100,-. Further promotions are made according to length of service in the position.
enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.
a position in an inclusive workplace (IA enterprise).
good welfare benefits.

*Your application must include:*
a brief account of the applicant’s research interests and motivation for applying for the position.
the names and contact information for two references. One of these may be the main advisor for the PhD thesis.
transcripts and diplomas, and official confirmation that the doctoral
thesis has been submitted.

relevant certificates.
a list of any works of a scientific nature (publication list).
any publications in your name.

The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at Jobbnorge.

*Closing date for applications: 14 December 2016*

*General information:*
Detailed information about the position can be obtained by contacting Professor Hans Tore Rapp,, or Postdoctoral Researcher
Joana R Xavier,

*APPLY HERE:*…/postdoctoral-fellow-in-bioinform…

The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. Age and gender balance among employees is therefore a goal. It is also a goal to recruit people with immigrant backgrounds. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position.
The University of Bergen applies the principle of public access to
information when recruiting staff for academic positions.
Information about applicants may be made public even if the applicant has asked not to be named on the list of persons who have applied. The applicant must be notified if the request to be omitted is not met.

The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at all times.

Joana R Xavier, PhD
Postdoctoral researcher &
SponGES scientific manager
Centre for Geobiology
Department of Biology
University of Bergen (UiB)
Thormohlensgate 53A
N-5020 Bergen
E-mail: /

Joana Xavier <>

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