PhD Student in Molecular Aging in Arctic Wildlife University of Oulu, Ecology and Genetics Research Unit and Kvantum Institute Finland

PhD Student, molecular aging in Arctic wildlife

The University of Oulu is an international scientific community, with 16,000 students and approximately 3,000 employees. The strengths of the University are wide multidisciplinary study/research interests and modern research and study environment and good cooperation with international educational and research institutes.


The following job is open in the University of Oulu:


PhD student, Ecology and Genetics Research Unit and Kvantum Institute


Effects of mining on the rate of molecular aging in Arctic wildlife


This project will quantify some key molecular signatures (e.g. telomere homeostasis, gene expression) associated with inhabiting areas containing elevated levels of metals, released through mining activities, in Arctic field sites in Finland. The project also aims to use field experiments to examine potential for local adaptation to metal pollution, and the potential effects of stress on fitness components, such as immune function and infection status. The principle model species is a small rodent, the bank vole Myodes glareolus.


The successful candidate will join a diverse research group, for example with its core members presently quantifying the eco-evolutionary impacts of exposure to environment pollution. The group’s research interests include: population genomics and evolutionary ecology, disease ecology, rodent ecology, and microbiota and metagenomics.


The applicant will have a Masters degree in an appropriate subject (e.g. ecology, biology, evolutionary biology), be highly organized and motivated and have good written and oral English language skills. The candidate is also expected to have some familiarity with some of the following: trapping small mammals in the field, small animal handing, molecular biology techniques (e.g. DNA & RNA extraction, PCR, qPCR, sequencing), computing (e.g. use of R environment or familiarity with UNIX).


The salary will be based on the levels 2 – 4 of the demand level chart for teaching and research staff of Finnish universities. In addition, a salary component based on personal work performance will be paid (maximum of 46.3 % of the job-specific component).


Apply online latest on 21 March 2018.


The position is filled as of 1 May 2018 or 1 September 2018. A trial period of 4 months is applied in the position.


Further details are available from Phillip Watts [phillip.watts(at)].

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