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  Post doc and PhD positions in host-pathogen coevolution

(Information about PhD position after post doc)

 

POST DOC POSITION IN HOST-PATHOGEN COEVOLUTION

Applications are invited for a three year post doc in the research group of Professor Anna-Liisa Laine. The successful applicant will join the Centre of Excellence in Metapopulation Research at the University of Helsinki.

The project is centered on the interaction between host plant Plantago lanceolata and its fungal pathogen Podosphaera plantaginis in the Åland Islands. With 16 years of epidemiological data complemented with intensive disease sampling since year 2010, molecular resources and solid experimental protocols, this system offers unique opportunities for testing classic hypotheses regarding host-pathogen coevolution with direct links to epidemiological dynamics. One of the key aims of the project is to link molecular variation to phenotype data and population dynamic data of both host and pathogen. Depending on the background and interests of the candidate, the focus of the research can be more molecular or ecological.

Recent relevant publications include:

Jousimo, J, Tack, AJM, Ovaskainen, O., Mononen, T., Susi, H., Tollenaere, C. & Laine, A.-L. 2014. Ecological and evolutionary effects of fragmentation on infectious disease dynamics. Science, 344: 1289-1293.

Susi, H., Barrès, B., Vale, P. & Laine, A.-L. 2015. Coinfection alters population dynamics of infectious disease. Nature Communications, 6: 5975.

The successful candidate should have PhD / post doctoral experience with host-parasite interactions, evolutionary genetics, bioinformatics, plant pathology, evolutionary biology or similar, and a strong interest in studying disease in natural populations. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to think independently and creatively are required. You must demonstrate the ability to work as part of a team, and participate in supervision of more junior group members.

More information: http://allaine.it.helsinki.fi/

Starting date: Winter/Spring 2017

Application deadline: 22 January 2017

Mail your application (CV with publications included, contact details of two references, and a letter (MAX 1 page) with a description of your research interests and why you would be a suitable candidate for the project) as a single pdf file to biotiede-mrg@helsinki.fi, with title POST DOC COEVOLUTION.

Informal inquires to anna-liisa.laine@helsinki.fi

For information on the University of Helsinki, please visit: http://www.helsinki.fi/university/index.html

 

FOUR-YEAR PHD STUDENT POSITION IN HOST-PATHOGEN COEVOLUTION

Applications are invited for a four year PhD student position in the research group of Professor Anna-Liisa Laine. The successful applicant will join the Centre of Excellence in Metapopulation Research at the University of Helsinki.

The project is focused on the interplay between ecology, genetics and evolution shaping the interaction between host plant Plantago lanceolata and its pathogens. Host plant P. lanceolata and its specialist fungal pathogen Podosphaera plantaginis have been intensively studied in the Åland Islands. With 16 years of epidemiological data from over 4000 host populations and solid experimental protocols, this system offers unique opportunities for testing classic hypotheses regarding host–pathogen co-evolution with direct links to epidemiological dynamics.

In practice, you will carry out field work in the Åland Islands archipelago (SW Finland) and conduct experimental work in the laboratory and under semi natural field conditions. There is also potential to develop and use genomic tools to identify genes involved in disease resistance and infectivity.  The work may involve extended periods in the field sites in Åland and working with international collaborators abroad. You are expected to present your findings in scientific meetings and workshops, as well as prepare publications for international scientific journals.

Motivated students with a MSc degree in ecology, evolutionary biology or molecular biology (or other related fields) are encouraged to apply. Prior expertise in experimental design, statistical analysis, bioinformatics or molecular laboratory work are a bonus but your most important assets are enthusiasm for research, motivation to learn new things, and ability to work independently while being an active member of a research team.

Please send your application to biotiede-mrg@helsinki.fi by 22 January 2017 with title PhD COEVOLUTION. Attach a CV (with possible publications included), a copy of your transcript records (= printout of the courses you’ve completed during your MSc), contact details of two references (e.g. MSc thesis supervisor), and a letter (MAX 1 page) with a description of your researcher interests and why you would be a suitable candidate for the project.

The work is scheduled to start in Winter/Spring 2017. For more information, please contact Anna-Liisa Laine (anna-liisa.laine@helsinki.fi) and visit the website at http://allaine.it.helsinki.fi/

For information on the University of Helsinki, please visit: http://www.helsinki.fi/university/index.html