The project will focus on the discovery and characterization of RNA complements of ancient tissue samples of extinct animal species, with emphasis on regulatory microRNA molecules. The post doctorate position is funded by a SciLifeLab-SU grant (SU FV-5.1.2-0523-19).
The successful applicant will spearhead and coordinate the paleotranscriptomic project. Specific tasks will depend on the expertise of the applicant (wet-lab or dry-lab) but can include: field work, RNA extraction and sequencing, computational quality control and characterization of detected sequences, homology analyses and wider interpretation of findings.
Postdoctoral positions are appointed primarily for purposes of research. Applicants are expected to hold a Swedish doctoral degree or an equivalent degree from another country.
The degree should have been completed no more than three years before the deadline for applications. An older degree may be acceptable under special circumstances, which may involve sick leave, parental leave, clinical attachment, elected positions in trade unions, or similar.
In the appointment process, special attention will be given to research skills. We are looking for candidates with wet-lab and/or dry-lab skills in the fields of evolutionary biology, RNA biology or computational sequence analysis. Specific experience with palaeogenetics or microRNA annotation constitutes an advantage, but is not necessary. The candidate must be highly motivated, creatively thinking and have a record of high-quality scientific publications. Excellent English language skills, both written and spoken, are a requisite.