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PhD Student Position on Palaeogenomics of Prehistoric Climate Change

This PhD project will investigate how species are affected by climate change. To do this, we will use a palaeogenomic approach to analyse ancient DNA from prehistoric bones and teeth sampled across several well-known severe and rapid changes in climate that took place during the last ice age. The analyses will comprise several animal species in Eurasia. The specific aims of the project are to i) assess the degree to which past warm periods led to demographic bottlenecks, ii) examine to what extent climate-induced range contractions led to losses of unique genetic variation, and iii) use a comparative genomic approach to investigate whether species adapted genetically in response to rapid climate fluctuations. For this project, good knowledge in population genetics, bioinformatics as well as experience of laborative DNA analysis are important qualifications. The PhD student will join the ancient DNA research group at the Swedish Museum of Natural History (for further details, see


The PhD student will be employed by Stockholm University (SU), but will be based at the Department of Bioinformatics and Genetics at the Swedish Museum of Natural History (SMNH). The museum is located in Stockholm, which by many is regarded as one of the most beautiful capitals in the world and is home to a vibrant scientific community with several leading research institutes as well as the National Genomics Infrastructure at the Science for Life Laboratory. The SMNH has a strong mission in natural history research, and its research division has more than 170 employees. The main supervisor for the PhD project will be Prof. Love Dalén at the SMNH. The project is funded by the Bolin Centre for Climate Research and the Department of Zoology at SU, and will be co-supervised by Prof. Anders Götherström at SU.


In order to meet the general entry requirements, the applicant must have completed a second-cycle degree, completed courses equivalent to at least 240 higher education credits, of which 60 credits must be in the second cycle, or have otherwise acquired equivalent knowledge in Sweden or elsewhere. In order to meet the specific entry requirements, the general syllabus for doctoral studies in the field of Systematics and Evolution stipulates that applicants must have completed a research degree (e.g. Master’s), or have passed at least 120 hp (2 years) of biological studies, including an approved independent project of at least 30 hp at advanced level (“examensarbete”) within systematics and evolution, ecology, population genetics, bioinformatics or a similar subject. Applicants who have in principle acquired the corresponding competence in Sweden, or abroad, are also qualified. The qualification requirements should preferrably be met by the deadline for applications.


For questions about the position and further information about the project, contact Prof. Love Dalén, Email:


Applications should be done using Stockholm University's online application system. Please follow the link below to obtain further information about how to write your application and how to access the online application system: (Link to application system)

Closing date: 22 March 2018

Reference number: SU FV-0556-18


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