Opportunities

Job Vacancies

 

We are always interested in adding new postdocs and junior researchers to CPG! If you would like to apply for your own funding to join the centre, please contact either Anders Götherström or Love Dalén.

Masters Projects

We offer opportunities for MSc projects on several topics. If you think you could be interested in any of these topics please contact the PI of that particular project.

Ancient wildlife evolution

(Love Dalén, love.dalen@nrm.se)

This research describes the evolution of wildlife populations over the past 40,000 years. Our research currently focuses on both extinct and extant mammals, such as cave lions, wolves, bears and woolly mammoths. We use DNA from ancient animal remains to better understand how environmental changes (such as the last ice age) have shaped their evolution and distribution over this time.

Ancient humans

(Anders Götherström, anders.gotherstrom@arklab.su.se)

We use the genomes of ancient individuals to understand the histories and demographics of human populations. Points of interest include: the impact of mesolithic migrations on the shaping of Eurasia; the Neolithic Expansion and the consequent interactions between migrating farmers and hunter-gatherers; the Iron and Viking Ages; and human adaptation over time. MSc candidates will have the opportunity to learn molecular techniques specialized for working with ancient DNA, as well as computational methods and population genetic analyses.

Genomics of extinction

(Love Dalén, love.dalen@nrm.se)

We are currently in the world’s 6th mass extinction event. Understanding why species go extinct is crucial for slowing this. This research uses DNA techniques of historic and ancient samples to study genetic effects in small populations to better understand the causes of population extinction. Current projects include the study of endangered or declining species such as mountain gorillas, Sumatran rhinoceros and Arctic foxes.

Insect adaptation

(David Díez, david.diez@nrm.se)

Bees provide an important ecological service as pollinators but their populations are declining dramatically. We use modern samples together with samples from museum collections to study how populations of these species adapt to environmental changes induced by human activities such of agricultural intensification and the use of pesticides. This subject offers opportunities for a variety of MSc projects including field work, molecular laboratory techniques in ancient DNA and metabarcoding, bioinformatics and population genetics analyses of data.

Ancient pathogens

(Anders Götherström, anders.gotherstrom@arklab.su.se)

Humans are home to a huge diversity of microorganisms. Some of these microorganisms are pathogenic (e.g. bacteria causing leprosy and plague) and by studying them we can understand events shaping human history such as the Black Death or the Spanish Flu. We also study pathogens that have afflicted other prehistoric organisms, such as woolly mammoth and woolly rhino.

Ecology of Arctic environments

(Love Dalén, love.dalen@nrm.se)

Arctic environments experience stronger climate change than the global average leading to habitat fragmentation and species range shifts. We investigate diversity patterns and the processes regulating them in arctic and alpine environments. How does climate change induced range shift and isolation affect population dynamics?