Job Announcement
Alfred-Wegener-Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), Wadden Sea Station Sylt

Postdoc - Stickleback Evolution

Application deadline: not specified

The Alfred-Wegener-Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) is a member of the Helmholtz Association (HGF) and funded by federal and state governments. AWI focuses on polar and marine research in a variety of disciplines such as biology, oceanography, geology, geochemistry and geophysics.

Researchers at the AWI Wadden Sea Station Sylt investigate changes to biological processes and coastal areas due to anthropogenic climate change. Ecological and evolutionary effects in conjunction with ecosystem consequences are the main research foci of the working group `Community and evolutionary ecology?.

The section "Coastal Ecology" at the Wadden Sea Station Sylt invites applications for a Postdoctoral Researcher (Post Doc): (100% position).

Epigenetics underlying transgenerational plasticity in stickleback

Transgenerational plasticity (TGP) generated by epigenetic mechanisms such as DNA methylation can provide a temporal buffer for genetic adaptation of populations facing rapid climate change. We will use populations of a marine model species (threespine stickleback) to identify epigenetic signatures potentially underlying TGP seen at the phenotypic level (physiology and growth) in response to ocean warming, and to disentangle the relative contributions of genetic and epigenetic change to adaptive potential along a latitudinal gradient from the North Sea to the Arctic.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, self-motivated and well-organised person to participate in ongoing and new projects where strong bioinformatics expertise is needed. The main project will investigate DNA methylation underlying TGP, but also includes analyses of transcriptome data as well as neutral genetic/genomic diversity of populations across large-scale environmental gradients. Participation in experiments and field sampling to obtain the genetic material is encouraged.

  • PhD in biology, bioinformatics or related field
  • practical experience with standard molecular genetic techniques and large scale NGS data analyses tools (R, bioinformatics programs)
  • competence in computational biology, population genetics and/or genome assembly is an asset
  • excellent skills in English (spoken and written)
  • willingness to participate in laboratory and mesocosm experiments as well as field sampling campaigns in Norway
  • works well in a team
  • drivers licence (B)

The position starts early 2018. German funding is available for 2 years, but a third year funded from Norwegian partners may be possible. For further information, please contact Dr. Lisa Shama, Coastal Ecology, Wadden Sea Station Sylt (


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