[Taxacom] 2-year postdoc position

John Grehan calabar.john at gmail.com
Wed Aug 20 10:58:55 CDT 2014

Note in this announcement how the language of colonialism still pervades
natural history (as in "colonization and speciation history").

John Grehan

On Wed, Aug 20, 2014 at 11:55 AM, Johannes Bergsten <
Johannes.Bergsten at nrm.se> wrote:

> Dear all
> Postdoc position available at the Swedish Museum of Natural History,
> Stockholm. Info below or in attached file.
> Please spread to anyone who might be interested to apply.
> Thanks
> Johannes Bergsten
> [cid:B6D71870-A5A4-407A-8DB4-371F7FBD08D8]
> Postdoctoral position in Systematics and Evolution
> A two-year postdoctoral position in Systematics and Evolution is available
> in the Department of Zoology, Swedish Museum of Natural History, Stockholm.
> Project description
> “Species-level phylogeny and delimitation in a biodiversity hotspot”
> Madagascar is well known for its high level of endemism, basically across
> every organism group. The combination with severe habitat degradation has
> “rewarded” the island with a top placement among biodiversity hotspots. The
> increased evolutionary research interest last twenty years has focused on
> vertebrates and surprisingly little is yet known about the colonization and
> speciation history of most insect groups. Using Hydradephagan water beetles
> as model organisms this project will use dated phylogenetic frameworks to
> analyze colonization and speciation patterns across replicated endemic
> radiations and clades with representatives but seemingly without
> radiations. Intraspecific genetic variation will be sampled to estimate
> parameters in the multispecies coalescent model as a window into the
> speciation process. The project also includes evaluation of species
> delimitation methods on endemic radiations with non-reciprocally
> monophyletic species in gene-trees.
> Tasks
> The position is part of a research project and group (Bergsten Systematic
> Entomology Lab:
> http://www.nrm.se/english/researchandcollections/researchdivision/entomology/staff/johannesbergsten.6881_en.html)
> at the Swedish Museum of Natural History on the taxonomy, faunistics,
> phylogeny, colonization, speciation and evolutionary history of
> Hydradephagan water beetles on Madagascar. The work includes DNA labwork,
> fieldwork, data analyses, help with supervision of student projects,
> article- and grant writing. The DNA labwork will be conducted at the
> Molecular Systematics Laboratory at the Swedish Museum of Natural History.
> Qualifications
> To be qualified for the postdoctoral position the applicant needs to have
> a PhD degree (or have a PhD thesis ready with a date fixed within 2014 for
> thesis defense) in Systematics/Phylogenetics/Evolutionary Biology or
> similar direction of studies. The PhD degree should have been received no
> more than six years before the deadline for applications.
> Criteria for selection
> Among qualified applicants selection is made according to scientific
> merits, quality of the PhD thesis, personal skills, the applicant´s
> documented knowledge in subjects of relevance for the research area,
> ability to master English language (both spoken and written), analytical
> ability, creativity, initiative, independence, teamwork and ability to
> cooperate. Previous experience with molecular (DNA) lab work and knowledge
> of relevant theory and methods (phylogenetic, dating, species delimitation,
> biogeographic and diversification rate analyses) weigh heavily. Experience
> with entomological fieldwork, taxonomic work and French language (spoken in
> Madagascar) are consider as additional qualifications.
> Terms of employment
> The position is for two years full time. Start of position should be in
> 2014 but exact date up to negotiation with the successful candidate. The
> position is financed by a grant from the Swedish Research Council, VR.
> For more information, please contact Johannes Bergsten (
> johannes.bergsten at nrm.se<mailto:johannes.bergsten at nrm.se>). Union
> representative is Bodil Kajrup, SACO-S. Both can be reached at telephone
> number + 46 8 519 540 00.
> To be included in the application
> Maximum one A4-page of personal presentation and your reasons for applying
> (letter of intent). Curriculum vitae with publication list. Copy of three
> selected publications. Copy of PhD thesis and PhD degree certificate or
> date of scheduled defense within 2014. Also provide a list of two persons
> who may act as references (with telephone numbers and
> e-mail addresses).
> Please send your application, marked with dnr 2.3.1-603-2014, to
> rekrytering at nrm.se<mailto:rekrytering at nrm.se> or to Swedish Museum of
> Natural History, P. O. Box 50007, SE-104 05 Stockholm, Sweden,no later than
> September 9, 2014.
> -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
> Johannes Bergsten, PhD
> Senior Curator / Förste Intendent
> Research Division
> Swedish Museum of Natural History
> Box 50007
> SE-104 05 Stockholm
> Visiting Address: Frescativägen 40
> Phone: +46 8 5195 4192
> Fax: +46 8 5195 4212
> E-mail: johannes.bergsten at nrm.se<mailto:johannes.bergsten at nrm.se>
> http://www.nrm.se/en/menu/researchandcollections/departments/entomology/staff/johannesbergsten.6881_en.html
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