Post-doctoral position in Urban Ecological Genomics

Field: Ecology & Evolution

Results of the competition:

As part of the conducted procedure, the Competition Committee recommended the candidacy of  Dr Sylwia Czarnomska for the post of Postdoctoral Researcher.


Title of the position: Post-doctoral position in Urban Ecological Genomics
Scientific discipline:Ecology & Evolution
Job type:Contract
Number of job offers:1
Remuneration/Stipend amount/month:100 000 brutto brutto for 12 months contract
Position starts on:15/01/2019
Maximum period of contract/stipend agreement:12 months
Institution:Wild Urban Evolution & Ecology Lab
Project leader: Marta Szulkin
Project title: Ecological genetics of the great tit in a new, long-term population study set along an urbanization gradient
Project description: 

We seek a post-doctoral research fellow in population / ecological genomics to work in the Wild Urban Evolution & Ecology Lab ( led by Marta Szulkin at the Centre of New Technologies (CeNT), University of Warsaw (Poland) for a period of 1 year. The position is part of a 5 year grant awarded by the Polish Science Foundation (NCN) entitled: “Ecological genetics of the great tit in a new, long-term population study set along an urbanization gradient”, which started in October 2015. CeNT is a vibrant research-only institute located on the science campus of the University of Warsaw. English is the working language of the group.

Background. Urban areas are predicted to expand 12-fold between 2000 and 2050, yet knowledge on the evolutionary ecology of free-living animals in urban environments is very scarce. To understand the footprint of cities on the phenotype and genotype of a wild bird, we have (i) started a large-scale, long-term study of great tits Parus major and blue tits Cyanistes caeruleus in the city of Warsaw (Poland) in a gradient of urbanization, and (ii) performed replicated sampling across multiple habitats and multiple cities countrywide.

Key responsibilities include:
Job description. The post-doctoral fellow will analyse NGS data and apply genomic analytical pipelines to infer the ecological and population genomics of urban great tits on readily collected blood samples and recently extracted DNA. S/he will also participate in fieldwork and in collecting phenotypic and genetic data, and have flexibility to develop his/her own ideas and approaches to the overall research theme, with possibilities for further grant applications. S/he will work in interaction with the PI and all team members, as well as with collaborators with other urban evolutionary ecology research groups worldwide.

Profile of candidates/requirements:
We seek motivated candidates with a PhD degree, fluent English and a strong interest in population genetics. The candidate should have a background in evolutionary ecology, statistical modelling in R, RADseq and / or population genomic data analysis. Unix / Linux programming skills, lab experience and / or bird ringing experience are desirable.

Required documents:
Your application should include in PDF format: a cover letter, a CV (including your research experience, conference attendance, a publication list and contact information to two referees) and a scan of your PhD certificate.

We offer:
Employment: Post-doctoral full time position (asystent / adiunkt naukowy). The position will allow for a refinement of urban population genomic research and has the potential for further research grant applications. Salary: 6250 PLN gross/month + 1 extra month bonus.

Please submit the following documents to:Please send your applications to with the term “Postdoc position” as email subject line. Top candidates will be invited for live interviews or via Skype. Start date: 1st of January-1st of March 2019.

Please submit the following documents to:Email application


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Deadline: 30/11/2018

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