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OPEN POSITION - Technician: Marine evolutionary biology

News: Jan 22, 2019

Apply by: 2019-02-11

The department for Marine Sciences is Sweden's most complete academic environment for marine research and education, and it is one of few such institutions in Europe. The Department for Marine Sciences, founded 2015, brings together expertise in physical oceanography, marine chemistry, marine biology, marine geology, and marine heritage conservation. Thus the department has excellent opportunities to meet future challenges in marine research and education. The department of Marine Sciences are located with permanent staff in Gothenburg and at the research stations Kristineberg and Tjärnö on the Swedish west cost north of Gothenburg.

Subject area description
At the Marine Science department there is a long tradition in working with marine snails of the genus Littorina as models for studies of local adaptation, hybrid zones and speciation. A current focus is on ecotype formation and the subsequent evolution of barriers to gene exchange in L. saxatilis. This species forms multiple ecotypes but we concentrate on contrasting adaptations to crab predation and wave action that occur in many parts of its North Atlantic distribution, particularly comparing Spanish and Swedish contact zones. We are conducting field and laboratory experiments on natural selection, dispersal and mating, followed by genetic analysis. The technician will assist in all aspects of the work, including field collecting, manipulation and dissection of snails, culture maintenance, behavior observation and DNA extraction. This might include working in Spain.

Job assignments
The candidate will join an international team working on the evolutionary biology of Littorina based in the Department of Marine Science, both at Tjärnö Marine Laboratory and in Gothenburg, and at the University of Sheffield.

The candidate is expected to be flexible, contributing to a wide range of research activities in the field, working with the snails and in the molecular biology laboratory. They will be able to work as part of a team, keeping accurate records and communicating effectively with other team members. The candidate is also expected to take part in other research-related and maintenance activities at the department, and within the research group in particular.

Type of employment: Fixed-term employment, 12 months
Extent: 100%
Location: Department of Marine Sciences at Tjärnö
First day of employment: As agreed

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