Two positions available at the University of Bergen (Norway) on phylogenomics/population genomics of deep-sea sponges

The Biology Department of the University of Bergen (Norway) is currently looking to hire a postdoctoral fellow in bioinformatics (4 years), and a PhD student in phylogenomics and population genomics of deep-sea sponges (3 years) to join their Marine Biodiversity Group.

The research will be performed in the scope of the EU-funded H2020 project SponGES “Deep-sea sponge grounds ecosystems of the North Atlantic: an integrated approach towards their preservation and sustainable exploitation”, a collaborative effort coordinated by the University of Bergen and involving 20 European, Canadian and American partners (see:<>).
The project’s primary goal is to develop an integrated ecosystem-based approach for the preservation and sustainable exploitation of deep-sea sponge ecosystems of the North Atlantic, which requires a deep understanding of their diversity, evolutionary and connectivity patterns. In SponGES we will employ a genomic-based approach to investigate the phylogenetic relationships, biogeographic patterns as well as genetic diversity, structure and connectivity of several deep-sea grounds-forming species at different spatial scales. Metagenomic and metatranscriptomic approaches will also be used to assess the composition and infer the function of sponges-associated microbial communities.

Find more about the positions and application process following the links below:

Application deadline: 14th December 2016

For further information don’t hesitate to contact:
Hans Tore Rapp –<> (SponGES coordinator)
Joana Xavier –<> (SponGES scientific manager)

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