Building on the group’s previous research (e.g. Barson et al. 2015; Czorlich et al. 2018, Aykanat et al 2019), the postdoctoral researcher will conduct and co-supervise research to understand the physiological and ecological basis of energy use in Atlantic salmon, and its role in shaping life history variation and age structure by linking genetic and physiological variation to life history variation in experimental and wild settings. The appointee to the position will contribute to developing specific research questions, as well as designing and conducting behavioral and physiological research on common garden salmon stocks to identify phenotypic trait variation linked to sea-age at maturity and the gene(s) controlling this trait.
Research will be conducted in collaboration with Prof. Craig Primmer’s group in Helsinki University and Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke), using already established state-of-the-art infrastructure for salmon common garden experiments.
Suitable applicants will ideally have a strong background in evolutionary physiology as demonstrated by publications in relevant fields. Previous research experience in ecophysiology, fish (in particular salmonid) husbandry, as well as demonstrated statistical proficiency is advantageous, as is familiarity with molecular biology methods (e.g. gene expression and protein activity assays and histology), behavioral experimentation, and/or quantitative genetics. Enthusiasm and ability to work as a part of a larger international research team addressing related questions is also important.