Deadline: 12 Apr 2024

Published: 02 Apr 2024

Contact: Monika Winder

Stockholm University offer a 2-year position with a focus on fish adaptation (forms of spring and autumn spawning herring Clupea harengus membras) to the seasonal dynamics of the Baltic Sea financed by a postdoctoral Fellowship from Carl Trygger Foundation.

The successful applicant will be part of a team aiming to understand how different herring spawning stocks are adapted to the seasonal dynamics of plankton and temperature to predict which stocks are most sensitive to environmental change. The team will use molecular approaches to determine in situ dietary composition and spawning subpopulation structure, which will be combined with fish condition and continuous plankton monitoring. Outcomes of this project will make an important and novel contribution to make recommendations on which coastal ecosystems and herring population diversity should be protected to promote population and fisheries recovery.

Your work tasks

  • Field sampling and laboratory DNA analysis of fish larvae and plankton communities (DNA metabarcoding, genomics)
  • Bioinformatics and statistical analysis
  • Interaction with multiple research groups
  • Publication and scientific communication of the results

Your profile

  • PhD degree in biology, ecology, bioinformatics, or related sciences
  • Profound knowledge in fish and/or plankton ecology
  • Experience with DNA metabarcoding or metagenomics
  • Good data analysis skills and bioinformatics
  • Willingness to collaborate
  • Good written and spoken English communication skills


  • A personal letter (max 3 pages) where the applicant describes her/himself in relation to the above-described requirements, a motivation to why the applicant is interested in the position and a short description of the candidate’s research interests.
  • CV with academic qualifications and publication list.
  • Contact information for 2-3 reference persons.
  • Other relevant documents.