Postdoctoral position in the genomic architecture of ash dieback resistance

Forest Genetics and Diversity group,
Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, and the Section for Evolutionary Genomics,
Natural History Museum, Denmark

The Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management (IGN) together with the Natural History Museum, Denmark (SNM), under the Faculty of Science, invites applications for a 2-year postdoc position connected to a collaborative research project funded by the Danish Council for Independent Research. The position starts April 1st 2019 or soon thereafter.
The announced contract is one of two postdoc positions in the above-mentioned project, which has the objective to explore the evolutionary potential of natural populations of European common ash (Fraxinus excelsior) to cope with two calamities, the ash dieback pathogen (Hymenoscyphus fraxineus) and the Emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis). The project is headed by Lene Rostgaard Nielsen (IGN, KU) in collaboration with national and international researchers. The specific postdoc project will harness whole-genome resequencing to explore the genomic architecture of resistance of common ash to the ash dieback pathogen by 1) detecting loci under selection that confer ash dieback resistance and 2) determining if and how resistance is correlated with fitness-related traits. The successful candidate will be involved in field (phenotyping of trees exposed to the pathogen) and laboratory work, and bioinformatic and population genomic analyses of data. The fellowship includes collaboration with Prof Tom Gilbert’s team at SNM, and a research stay with Associate Professor Mike Martin at NTNU, Trondheim, Norway.
Qualification requirements 
Mandatory requirements
  • Prior experience with molecular biology methods, in particular related to DNA extraction and NGS library preparation (ideally Illumina platforms)
  • Documented prior experience with bioinformatics processing of NGS data, including quality assessment and filtering, mapping to reference genomes and SNP calling
  • Prior experience with population genomic analyses
  • Prior expertise in running computational analyses on computer servers
  • Documented evidence of producing high-quality publications
  • Fluent spoken and written English
Additional meriting qualifications
  • Experience of, and skills in:
  • Genome-wide association analyses
  • Quantitative genetic analyses
  • Phylogenomics
  • The use of genotype likelihood methods
  • Basic computer server administration skills
The postdoc’s duties will include research within bioinformatics and population genomics as well as teaching. The post may also include performance of other duties.
Further information on the Department is linked at Inquiries about the position can be made to Lene Rostgaard Nielsen (
The position is open from 01.04.2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.
The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.
Terms of employment
The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.
Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.
The starting salary is currently up to DKK 413.717 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 70.746). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.
The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.
Please include
  • Curriculum vita
  • Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)
  • Research plan – description of current and future research plans
  • Complete publication list
  • Separate reprints of 3 particularly relevant papers
The deadline for applications is 01.01.2019, 23:59 GMT+1
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee.
You can read about the recruitment process at
Interviews will be held in week 8 (18/2 – 19/2 2019).


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Post expires on Tuesday January 1st, 2019