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Subject description
The research group of Dr. Feiner ( is recruiting a postdoc in evolutionary genomics. The position is fully-funded by a Starting Grant from the European Research Council (ERC). The project aims to reveal the genomic basis of adaptive diversification and parallel evolution of a suite of exaggerated colors, morphologies, and behaviors – a syndrome – in wall lizards (genus Podarcis; Yang, Feiner et al., 2021, Nature Communications). The successful applicant will use existing and collect new whole-genome re-sequencing data from a range of wild lizard populations to unravel signatures of parallel evolution in a comparative context. The exact project plan will be adjusted based on the background and interest of the applicant.

Work duties
The main duties involved in a post-doctoral posistion is to conduct research. Teaching may also be included, but up to no more than 20% of working hours. The position shall include the opportunity for three weeks of training in higher education teaching and learning.

Detailed description of the work duties are:

  • Active participation in the scientific design of the project
  • Carrying out basic molecular biology
  • Participation in field work
  • Generation and analysis of sequencing datasets (whole-genome re-sequencing)
  • Dissemination of the acquired insights, including writing of scientific publications

Qualification requirements 
Appointment to a post-doctoral position requires that the applicant has a PhD, or an international degree deemed equivalent to a PhD, within the subject of the position, completed no more than three years before the date of employment decision. Under special circumstances, the doctoral degree can have been completed earlier. 

Additional requirements:

  • Very good oral and written proficiency in English
  • Expertise in the analyses of whole-genome datasets
  • Programming skills
  • Background in herpetology is advantageous

Assessment criteria and other qualifications
This is a career development position primarily focused on research. The position is intended as an initial step in a career, and the assessment of the applicants will primarily be based on their research qualifications and potential as researchers.

Particular emphasis will be placed on research skills within the subject.

For appointments to a post-doctoral position, the following shall form the assessment criteria:

  • Teaching skills
  • Fulfilment of qualification requirements
  • Documented ability to develop and complete high-quality research
  • High intellectual capacity and problem-solving ability
  • Technical and analytical know-how, organization skills
  • Enthusiasm, dedication and an ability to work both independently and in a team

Consideration will also be given to good collaborative skills, drive and independence, and how the applicant’s experience and skills complement and strengthen ongoing research within the department, and how they stand to contribute to its future development.

Terms of employment
This is a full-time, fixed-term employment of a maximum of three years. The period of employment is determined in accordance with the agreement “Avtal om tidsbegränsad anställning som postdoktor” (“Agreement on fixed-term employment as a post-doctoral fellow”) between Lund University, SACO-S and OFR/S, dated 1st February 2022.

Informal inquiries before applying are welcome (

Instructions on how to apply
Applications shall be written in English and be compiled into a PDF-file containing: 

  • Motivation letter describing past research and future research interests (max. 2 pages).
  • Résumé/CV, including a list of publications.
  • Names, relation to and contact information of 2 professional references.
  • Copy of the doctoral degree certificate, and other certificates/grades that you wish to be considered.

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Type of employmentTemporary position longer than 6 months
Contract typeFull time
First day of employmentJanuary 1st, 2023 or according to agreement
SalaryMonthly salary
Number of positions1
Working hours100
CountySkåne län
Reference numberPA2022/2594
ContactNathalie Feiner, forskare,
Union representativeOFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-2229362SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-2229364SEKO: Seko Civil, 046-2229366
Last application date01.Sep.2022 11:59 PM CEST
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