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Postdoctoral position in Evolutionary Biology, Computational Genomics – NTNU, Norway

Norway, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NTNU

The NTNU University Museum is looking for an energetic and ambitious postdoctoral researcher for a period of four years, as part of an international project funded by the Research Council of Norway.

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General Info

Position: Postdoctoral position
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: ,
Joining Date: Apr 01, 2024
Contract Period: 4 Years
Salary: 553 500 - 650 300 NOK/Year

Department of Natural History
NTNU University Museum
Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NTNU
Trondheim, Norway

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Qualification Details

  • Relevant scientific background: PhD in a topic related to Evolutionary Biology and/or Computational Genomics, completed by the employment start date
  • Documented evidence (in form of published papers and/or PhD thesis) of using state-of-the-art methods in population genomics and demographic modelling
  • Relevant experience in adaptation genomics (including selection scanning)
  • Relevant experience analysing low-depth genomic data using Unix command-line tools
  • Excellent in English (written, reading, spoken)

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant 

Other Qualifications of Considerable Interest

  • Knowledge of the principles of population genomics
  • Relevant experience in mammal population genomics
  • Relevant experience performing evolutionary simulations
  • Experience and interest in supervising student research using computational methods
  • Excellent teamwork and communication skills, both verbal and written

Responsibilities/Job Description

  • Conduct high-throughput data processing (quality control, trimming, mapping, etc.) on hundreds of reindeer genome sequences
  • Perform population genomic analyses (including selection scanning), advanced demographic modelling, and evolutionary simulation using both ancient and modern genome sequences
  • Integrate demographic models with paleo-environmental records
  • Attend project meetings and take the lead in writing relevant manuscripts

How to Apply?

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Documents Required

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Certificates for Master and Ph.D. degree (if obtained at the time of application)
  • A list of all scientific publications and other scientific work of relevance
  • Contact information for three references
  • Cover letter and/or statement including description of how this position fits the career plan and interests of the applicant, as well as how the candidate qualifies for the position

If all, or parts, of your education has been taken abroad, we also ask you to attach documentation of the scope and quality of your entire education. Description of the documentation required can be found here. If you already have a statement from NOKUT, please attach this as well.  Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify your contribution to joint works, you must attach a brief description of your participation.

The terms of employment will be in accordance with existing national regulations of 31 January 2006, with NTNU’s supplementary regulations of 1 August 2012. The best-qualified applicants will be invited for an interview. Information about the applicants may be open to public inspection under the Freedom of Information Act. The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants. The employee is expected to accept possible changes in work tasks. It is a major political objective to achieve a balance of age and gender in the national labour force and to recruit people with an immigrant background. Accordingly, immigrants are encouraged to apply for all advertised positions.

NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA. 

About the Project

The postdoctoral fellowship position is a temporary position where the main goal is to qualify for work in senior academic positions.

The ColdRein project seeks to reveal the evolutionary history of the Svalbard reindeer population during its adaptation to its harsh and highly stochastic Arctic environment and to generate fundamental insights into the process of rapid environmental adaptation in a large mammal.

Using a large circumpolar population genomic dataset consisting of hundreds of reindeer genomes, the successful applicant will be expected to: (1) perform basic bioinformatic analyses; (2) characterize population structure; (3) apply evolutionary simulations and genomic scanning to determine how long-term fluctuations in population size and dispersal reflect paleo-environmental dynamics; (4) to search for signatures of positive selection; (5) to characterize these changes over time using ancient genome sequences; and (6) take the lead in writing manuscripts on these topics.

The position is based in Trondheim with Prof. Mike Martin  within the Holomuseomics research group at the NTNU University Museum , and in close association with Prof. II Brage Hansen and a team of international partners.

About the Employer: Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NTNU

Note or Other details

Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Diploma Supplement is required to attach for European Master Diplomas outside Norway. Chinese applicants are required to provide confirmation of Master Diploma from China Credentials Verification (CHSI).

If you are invited for interview you must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters.

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Salary and conditions

The position follows code 1353 Postdoctoral Fellow, salary range NOK 553 500 - 650 300 per annum before tax. There will be a 2% deduction to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund from gross salary.

Desired start date is 01.04.2024 and the period of employment is four years.

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criteria in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU. After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

The position is subject to external funding.

It is a prerequisite you can be present at and accessible to the institution on a daily basis.

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Contact details

Further information about the department and the open position can be obtained from Prof. Mike Martin (phone: +47 901 518 50, e-mail:, or Head of Department Ingrid Mathisen (phone: +47 909 18 277, e-mail:

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