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Post Doctoral Researcher in Host-Pathogen Coevolution

University of Helsinki

Helsinki, Finland

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.

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.

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