Bioinformatician (PostDoc)

Uppsala University
Job Location: 
Uppsala, Sweden
Job Description: 

The holder of this position will assist and direct a project aiming towards the de novo assembly of the genome of a beetle (Coleoptera) which is a major model organism. The project represents a challenging de novo effort in its true sense: despite the fact that about 25% of all described metazoan species are beetles, the genome of only a single beetle species has yet been described. Thus, the availability of reference genomes is limited. Large amounts of NGS data is already at hand. The holder of this position will lead and perform the bioinformatic work towards assembly, quality assessment and annotation of the genome. The holder will be expected to be able to work independently, but will be an integrated part of both an in-house interactive research group working empirically with this model system (about 10 people), a larger bioinformatic network at the EBC and in Uppsala (SciLifeLab UPPNEX / WABI) and with international collaborators. The position is funded by the European Research Council and the Swedish Research Council.


The successful candidate must have a Ph.D, or an exam which is judged comparable to a PhD, that was completed within three years of the start of the employment. Applicants that received their PhD earlier than this date will be considered only if special circumstances exist (such as prolonged periods of illness, parental leave, military service, union duties and others of similar character). The ideal candidate has a documented expertise in bioinformatic research, using bioinformatic tools and software. Previous experience of de novo genome assembly is highly desirable, as is experience of working with different types of genomic data (e.g., Illumina, SOLiD).

Contact Information: 

Candidates should submit a short cover letter, a curriculum vitae including a list of publications and a short (1-2 pages) description of their experience, past research accomplishments and future research ambitions. Applicants should also include names and e-mail addresses of two referees and should specify the date they will be available to start the position. For further information about the position, please contact the PI of the group: Professor Göran Arnqvist (phone +46 18 471 2645, e-mail The trade union representatives are Anders Grundström, Saco (the Swedish Confederation of Professional Associations), phone +46 18 471 5380, Carin Söderhäll, TCO/ST (the Swedish Confederation of Professional Employees), phone +46 18 471 1996, and Stefan Djurström, Seko (the Union of Service and Communication Employees), phone +46 18 471 3315.

You are welcome to submit your application no later than April 10, 2013 (UFV-PA 2013/366). Please use the links below for access to an on-line application portal:

About Our Organization: 

The Evolutionary Biology Centre at the University of Uppsala hosts one of the world’s largest aggregations of evolutionary biologists, and is a prime research environment for a wide range of fields in evolutionary biology and genetics (see “” for more information). We also form an integrated part, together with other centers within Uppsala University as well as with those at three other universities, of SciLifeLab. SciLifeLab is a very large center for large-scale biosciences, combining advanced technical know-how and state-of-the-art equipment with a broad knowledge in translational biology, medicine and molecular bioscience. Integrated platforms in genomics, comparative genetics, proteomics, bioinformatics, functional biology, bioimaging and functional genomics are employed in various scientific domains. Bioinformatic work is performed primarily through the UPPMAX / UPPNEX computing facility. Our working atmosphere is very international with English as our operational language. Uppsala University is the oldest university in Scandinavia and the city of Uppsala is a vibrant student town with beautiful surroundings conveniently situated 40 minutes with train from Stockholm.