PhD position in Systematic Botany at the Bergen University Museum

Publicerat av Hugo de Boer --

At the University Museum of Bergen, Department of Natural History, a temporary position as research fellow is open within the field of systematic botany. The position is for a fixed-term period of 4 years, of which 25% is work duty in the herbarium.

About the project/work tasks

The aim of the PhD-project is to improve our understanding of phylogenetic relationships within the species rich Potentilla argentea group. The project will address the role of polyploid and reticulate evolution in the group and clarify species delimitations. The work will include plant collecting in the field, molecular lab work, including the development of new markers, and phylogenetic analysis. The candidate will be a member of the research group Phylogenetic Systematics and Evolution.

Qualifications and personal qualities

• The applicant must hold a master’s degree or equivalent in evolutionary biology with relevance to Systematic Botany. Thesis work must be completed and graded before the application deadline.

• Experience with molecular and phylogenetic methods is necessary.

• Experience with plant morphological studies and taxonomic work is desirable.

• Experience with next generation sequencing methods is an advantage.

• Ability to work independently and in a structured manner, and to cooperate with others is expected.

• Proficiency in both written and oral English is required.

About the research training

As a PhD Candidate, you must participate in an approved educational programme for a PhD degree for a period of 3 years. A final plan for the implementation of the research training must be approved by the faculty within three months after you have commenced in the position. It is a condition that you satisfy the enrolment requirements for the PhD programme at the University of Bergen. The PhD fellow will become a member of the Norwegian-Swedish research school in Biosystematics (http://www.forbio.uio.no).

We can offer

• A good and professionally challenging working environment.

• A modern laboratory with diverse research activities.

• Salary at pay grade 50 upon appointment (Code 1017, NOK 430.500). Further promotions are made according to length of service in the position.

• Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

• A position in an inclusive workplace (IA enterprise).

• Good welfare benefits.

 Your application must include

• A brief account of the applicant’s research interests and motivation for applying for the position.

• The names and contact information for two referees. One of these must be the main advisor for the master’s thesis or equivalent thesis.

• CV.

• Transcripts and diplomas showing completion of the bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

• Relevant certificates.

• A list of any works of a scientific nature (publication list).

• Any publications in your name.

The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at Jobbnorge.

General information:

Detailed information about the position can be obtained by contacting: Associate Professor Jenny Smedmark, phone +47 55 58 33 51 / e-mail jenny.smedmark@uib.no.

The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. Age and gender balance among employees is therefore a goal. It is also a goal to recruit people with immigrant backgrounds. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position.

We encourage women to apply. If multiple applicants have approximately equivalent qualifications, the rules pertaining to moderate gender quotas shall apply. The University of Bergen applies the principle of public access to information when recruiting staff for academic positions. Information about applicants may be made public even if the applicant has asked not to be named on the list of persons who have applied. The applicant must be notified

if the request to be omitted is not met. The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at all times.


15 miljoner till Svenska artprojektet från 2016

Publicerat av Rikard Sundin --

Nu är det klart att ArtDatabanken vid Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet får 15 miljoner kronor för att kunna satsa på att kartlägga och sprida kunskap om arter. Svenska artprojektets resurser fördelas idag på forskning, museistöd och framtagande av artfakta.

– Självklart är vi mycket glada för att vi tilldelats pengarna. Det betyder att regeringen tycker att det är viktigt att satsa på biologisk mångfald. Nu inväntar vi riktlinjer som ger oss vägledning i hur vi ska använda resurserna, säger Lena Sundin Rådström, chef för Artdatabanken på SLU, som driver Svenska artprojektet.

Delar av de 15 miljonerna kommer som tidigare meddelats att gå till nio forskningsprojekt. Stödet går till att utforska arter inom ekologiskt viktiga grupper som svampar (inklusive lavar), mossor och insekter (växtsteklar och parasitsteklar).

Om Svenska artprojektet
Artdatabanken har sedan år 2002 ett uppdrag från riksdag och regering att kartlägga och sprida information om Sveriges mindre kända arter, och på det sättet förse samhället med kunskapsunderlag och verktyg för miljöövervakning och naturvårdsåtgärder. Svenska artprojektets resurser fördelas idag på taxonomisk forskning, museistöd och framtagande av artfakta.

Ett av Sveriges miljökvalitetsmål
Sverige har 16 nationella miljökvalitetsmål som ska leda vägen till det hållbara samhället. Svenska artprojektet startades som ett svar på behovet att kartlägga och sprida kunskap om den biologiska mångfalden och som en del i arbetet att nå Sveriges miljökvalitetsmål ”Ett rikt växt- och djurliv”.

The Tromsø University Museum, University of Tromsø (UiT), is recruiting a ForBio coordinator/researcher in Biosystematics

Publicerat av Hugo de Boer --

This is a four year research position that includes 50% research and 50% coordination of ForBio.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and active researcher willing to organize ForBio courses and meetings and participate in teaching activities. The role of ForBio coordinators is to continue, expand and improve the work that ForBio has done during the last five years, by training the next generation of biosystematist in Scandinavia, strengthen their networks and improve the quality of the scientific outcomes. The full announcement with requirements and specifications is here: http://www.jobbnorge.no/nn-no/ledige-stillingar/stilling/119862/researcher-in-biosystematics-at-tromsoe-university-museum
Application deadline is January 3rd 2016.

The position’s affiliation
This position is attached to the Department of Natural Sciences, which is responsible for developing and maintaining scientific collections of objects (animals, plants, fossils and minerals) as well as public outreach including Tromsø Arctic Alpine Botanical Garden. The department has a permanent staff of 16, of which 9 are in academic positions. The department includes a research group in taxonomy and biodiversity, which focuses on diversity, phylogeography and taxonomy of northern organism using molecular as well as traditional methods. The department has laboratories for modern and ancient DNA analyses, and is currently involved in two large project: ”Ancient DNA of Norwest Europe” and ”Norwegian Barcode of Life”. The latter includes full genome sequencing of the entire Norwegian flora. For more information about the Department of Natural Sciences, visit: https://en.uit.no/om/enhet/tmu

The position’s field of research and other duties
The position is funded the Nordic Research School in Biosystematics, ForBio (http://www.forbio.uio.no/). ForBio is a teaching and research initiative coordinated by the Natural History Museum (University of Oslo), with Bergen Museum (University of Bergen), Tromsø University Museum (UiT The Arctic University of Norway) and the Museum of Natural History and Archaeology (Norwegian University of Science and Technology) as collaborators. ForBio is funded by the Research Council of Norway and the Norwegian Taxonomy Initiative/Norwegian Biodiversity Information Centre. Most students at our courses are postgraduate students (PhD or post doc students), but some are graduate students and professionals.

For further information, please contact Prof. Inger Greve Alsos, e-mail inger.g.alsos@uit.no<mailto:inger.g.alsos@uit.no>, tel +47 77 62 07 96, head of Department of Natural Sciences, Karl Frafjord, e-mail karl.frafjord@uit.no<mailto:karl.frafjord@uit.no>, tel + 47 77 64 57 25, or Museum Director Marit Anne Hauan, e-mail marit.hauan@uit.no<mailto:marit.hauan@uit.no>,  tel. + 47 77 64 50 30. For further information about the work for ForBio, contact ForBio leader Hugo de Boer, hugo.deboer@nhm.uio.no<mailto:hugo.deboer@nhm.uio.no>, tel +47 98 12 60 30.

Please forward to relevant candidates!

Best, Hugo

Dagordning för årsmöte med Svenska systematikföreningen (SSF)

Publicerat av Nils Cronberg --

Here is the agenda for the annual meeting of the Swedish Systematics Association (in Swedish). Note point 12: We call for subjects for symposia during the upcoming international conference BIOSYST EU 2017, which will be organized by the Association in Gothenburg 15-18 August 2017. Members who are not attending ”Systematikdagarna 2015” can submit suggestions to the president of the Swedish Systematics Association, Ulf Jondelius.

Här är dagordningen för Svenska systematikföreningens årsmöte. Notera särskilt punkt 12: Vi efterlyser förslag till ämnen för symposier under den kommande internationella konferensen BIOSYST EU 2017, som organiseras av föreningen i Göteborg 15-18 augusti 2017. Medlemmar som inte har möjlighet att delta på årsmötet kan skicka förslag till föreningens ordförande Ulf Jondelius.

Datum: 24 november 2015

Tid: kl. 15.30-16.30

Plats: Arkivcentrum Syd, Lund

  • 1. Mötet öppnas
  • 2. Val av mötesordförande, mötessekreterare och två justeringspersoner
  • 3. Fråga om mötet blivit i behörig ordning utlyst
  • 4. Styrelsens årsberättelse inklusive ekonomisk berättelse
  • 5. Revisionsberättelse
  • 6. Fråga om ansvarsfrihet för styrelsen för föregående års förvaltning
  • 7. Val av ordförande för föreningen
  • 8. Val av övriga styrelseledamöter
  • 9. Val av en revisor och en revisorssuppleant
  • 10. Val av valberedning på tre personer
  • 11. Fastställande av årsavgift
  • 12. Ärenden, som styrelsen förelägger årsmötet
  1. Information om konferensen BIOSYST EU 2017, samt förslag på ämnen för symposier under konferensen
  • 13. Förslag som med motivering inkommit till styrelsen senast fyra veckor innan årsmötet
  • 14. Övriga frågor
  • 15. Mötet avslutas

Väl mött!

Styrelsen för Svenska systematikföreningen