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PhD-student Position in Biology With Focus on Mycology, Sweden

Publish Date: Jul 04, 2016

Deadline: Aug 18, 2016

About the university

Uppsala University is an international research university focused on the development of science and education. Our most important assets are all the individuals who with their curiosity and their dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting work places. Uppsala University has 40,000 students, 7,000 employees and a turnover of SEK 6,5 billion.

The Department of Organismal Biology teach about, and explores the evolution, development and function in whole organisms. We study the deepest branches of the tree of life with the help of bioinformatics and experimental molecular techniques. Research about how chemicals of anthropogenic origin interact with cellular functions and cause long-lasting adverse health effects in humans and wildlife is also performed.

Description of the subject area

Multicellular organisms usually bear only one single genome, ensuring genetic homogeneity of the individual. However, in recent years naturally occurring intraorganismal genetic heterogeneity (IGH) has been documented from all major branches of the tree-of-life, suggesting that this phenomenon is much more common than previously believed. In Fungi, heterokaryosis brings about a special case of IGH. A heterokaryon is a tissue type composed of cells containing genetically different nuclei. Although heterokaryosis is commonly found in the fungi, an understanding of the evolutionary implications of this phenomenon is largely lacking. The aim of this PhD-project is to study nuclear interactions in heterokaryons of basidiomycetous fungi. In this particular PhD-project, fungi forming fairy rings will be investigated, by using genomic and experimental approaches.

The PhD student will be a part of the research group of Hanna Johannesson at the Evolutionary Biology Centre (EBC), Uppsala University.



To be eligible for a PhD-student position you need an academic degree at master level or equivalent, with specialization within Bioinformatics, Evolutionary Biology, Microbiology, Mycology or equivalent. Experience in bioinformatics and genome analysis is a must and experience in mycology is a merit. The ideal candidate is scientifically motivated and can work both independently and as part of a team. High standard of spoken and written English is required.


The PhD education corresponds to four years of full time studies. The position will be combined with teaching (up to 20%) that extends the position with corresponding amount of time.

More information about postgraduate studies at Uppsala University is available. Rules governing Ph.D. candidates are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 5, §§ 1-7 and in Uppsala university's rules and guidelines.


The application should contain a personal letter where you briefly describe yourself, your research interests, and motivate why you what to do a PhD. The application should also contain your CV, copies of relevant exams and course grades, letters of reference or contact information of minimum two reference persons, as well as other documents that you want to refer to in your application.

Uppsala University aims for gender balance and diversity in all activities in order to achieve a higher quality at all levels of the organization. We therefore welcome applicants of any gender and with different birth background, functionality and life experience

Pay: According to local agreements.

Starting: As soon as possible, or as agreed.

Type of employment: Temporary position 4 years

Working hours: 100 %

You are welcome to submit your application no later than 2016-08-18, UFV-PA 2016/2233

We decline offers of recruitment and advertising help. We only accept the application the way described in the advertisement.

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