Two positions: bioinformatics and phylogenomics/population genomics of deep-sea sponges

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The Biology Department of the University of Bergen (UiB) is currently looking to hire a postdoctoral fellow in bioinformatics (4 years), and a PhD student in phylogenomics and population genomics of deep-sea sponges (3 years) to join their Marine Biodiversity Group.


The research will be performed in the scope of project SponGES. The project’s primary goal is to develop an integrated ecosystem-based approach for the preservation and sustainable exploitation of deep-sea sponge ecosystems of the North Atlantic, which requires a deep understanding of their diversity, evolutionary and connectivity patterns. In SponGES we will employ a genomic-based approach to investigate the phylogenetic relationships, biogeographic patterns as well as genetic diversity, structure and connectivity of several deep-sea grounds-forming species at different spatial scales. Metagenomic and metatranscriptomic approaches will also be used to assess the composition and infer the function of sponges-associated microbial communities.


The Marine Biodiversity Group of UiB has been focusing on the taxonomy, systematics and biogeography of marine invertebrates and algae of both shallow and deep-sea habitats of the Boreo-Arctic region, using a range of approaches from classical taxonomy to next-generation-sequencing technologies. Selected candidates will be based at UiB but collaborate with researchers from several partner institutions of the SponGES consortium.


Find more about the positions and application process following the links below:


Postdoctoral fellow in bioinformatics
PhD position in phylogenomics/population genomics of deep-sea sponges


Application deadline: 14th December 2016


For further information don’t hesitate to contact us:

Hans Tore Rapp – (SponGES coordinator)
Joana Xavier – (SponGES scientific manager)