PhD Scholarship in Ecology at Stockholm University

Stockholm University is offering PhD position in bioinformatics. The initial contract for this position is 4 years. This position is closed on February 15, 2019.

The Department of Zoology has a long history of basic and applied research of animal species, from arthropods to large mammals, from the perspectives of its five divisions: Ecology, Ethology, Population Genetics, Functional Morphology, and Systematics and Evolution. The advertised position will be affiliated to the Division of Ecology. There is a long-standing tradition for researchers at the Department of Zoology to collaborate amongst divisions and with researchers from other fields and universities.

Project description

Rhonda Snook's Lab in Department of Zoology at Stockholm University is seeking a PhD student interested in sexual selection and speciation. The long-term goal of this research is to understand the mechanisms of early reproductive isolation, a central issue for understanding the origin of biodiversity.

Our lab studies the phenotypic and genetic factors influencing successful (or not) reproduction, particularly focussing on the potential role of sexual selection in mediating fertilization compatibility. We use a variety of different Drosophila species to address this broad research area. Our approaches commonly involve experimentation in controlled environments and more recently bioinformatics. The current project will use different populations of Drosophila montana that exhibit different patterns of reproductive compatibility to understand the genetic basis and evolution of early reproductive isolation. You can find additional information about research in the Snook lab here.

The PhD position is for 4 years and funding by Vetenskapsrdet and the department. The start date is flexible but sooner is preferred. An undergraduate background in evolution and genetics is preferred, as is prior research experience. Highly relevant experience includes application of molecular genetic techniques or analysis of genome data. Prior experience in rearing Drosophila is helpful but not essential. Students must also have a passion for science, a sense of humor, and an ability to work with others, all of which are needed to make science worthwhile and fun. The working language of the group is English. For more information, please email Rhonda Snook,

The Snook Lab is in the Department of Zoology, consisting of a vibrant international community, and five interactive and collaborative divisions: Ecology, Ethology, Functional Morphology, Population Genetics, and Systematics and Evolution. The PhD will be part of the Division of Ecology. The position provides opportunities for scientific exchange across all the scientific divisions of the department, along with interactions with adjacent biology departments (DEEP, MBW) and the Bolin Centre for Climate Research.

Qualification requirements

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 Ecology stipulates that the applicant 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 evolution/ecology/population genetics or a related subject. Applicants who have in principle acquired the corresponding competence in Sweden or in another country are also qualified.

The qualification requirements must be met by the deadline for applications.


Among qualified applicants, selection is made with respect to the ability and experience of the candidate in the subject. Criteria used to assess this ability are: the applicant's documented knowledge within the described research area, the candidate's capabilities with regards to speaking and writing in English, analytical thinking, creativity, initiative, independence, and team work performance. The applicant's earlier experience within the field of research can be of relevance especially when further documented by university courses, independent research work, personal references, interview and an application indicating the applicant's motivation in written form.

Admission Regulations for Doctoral Studies at Stockholm University are available

Only a person who will be or has already been admitted to a third-cycle programme may be appointed to a doctoral studentship.

The term of the initial contract may not exceed one year. The employment may be extended for a maximum of two years at a time. However, the total period of employment may not exceed the equivalent of four years of full-time study.

Doctoral students should primarily devote themselves to their own education, but may engage in teaching, research, and administration corresponding to a maximum of 20 % of a full-time position.

Please note that admission decisions cannot be appealed.

Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all.


Apply for the PhD student position at Stockholm University’s recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline.

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