Postdoc Position in Weed Evolution and Population Genomics, Molecular ecology

    Postdoc Position in Weed Evolution and Population Genomics, Molecular ecology

    Postdoc Position in Weed Evolution and Population Genomics is available at the Department of Plant and Environmental Science, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

    Deadline to Apply

    Jun 20, 2021 (23: 59 GMT +1)


    PositionPostdoc Position
    No. of Position(s)1
    Research Area– Plant genetics
    – Evolution and/or molecular ecology
    SalaryDKK 437.435/annum
    WorkplaceDepartment of Plant and Environmental Science,
    University of Copenhagen,
    Contract Period3.5 Year
    Starting dateNov 01, 2021 or ASAP


    • PhD relevant to plant genetics, evolution and/or molecular ecology (Essential)
    • Experience of basic techniques for plant growth, maintenance and sampling (Desirable).
    • Skills and experience in basic laboratory molecular biology (Essential)
    • Proficiency in working with large data sets and analytical software and algorithms for bioinformatics and statistical analyses relevant to population genetics and genomics (Essential).
    • Demonstrated ability to work independently and problem solve (Essential).
    • Capacity for generating novel scientific hypotheses and designing experiments to test these (Essential).
    • Previous publication record in peer-reviewed, international journals (Essential)

    Responsibilities/ Job Description

    Your key tasks are:

    • Contribute to collection and curation of a set of global Alopecurus myosuroides seed populations.
    • Provide intellectual input to PhD student project to establish phenotypic variation in life history and weediness traits.
    • Grow, maintain and sample plants for DNA and RNA extraction. Sourcing of external sequencing services.
    • Data curation, storage and quality control for large omics datasets. Performance of population genomics analyses (genomic scans, GWAS etc.) to identify the genomic basis of weed adaptation.
    • Actively collaborate with the International Weed Genoics Consortium and other groups working in weed population genomics
    • Contribute to writing scientific papers in high impact journals (as a lead- and co-author)

    How to Apply?

    The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY ONLINE button mentioned above.

    Documents Required

    Please include

    • Curriculum vitae
    • 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

    About Research project

    The position is funded by a Novo Nordisk Foundation start package “Basic research on ecology, evolution and sustainable management of weedy plants in agroecosystems” awarded to Professor Paul Neve. The post holder will work closely with another postdoc (plant/weed ecology) and a PhD student (plant/weed evolutionary ecology) in the weed ecology and evolution group.

    You will address the questions ’what is the ecological and genetic (genomic) basis of weediness in Alopecurus myosuroides’ and ’why has the species rapidly emerged as a weed in some agroecosystems and not others?’ You will have access to a large collection of blackgrass accessions from around the world, including areas where the species is non-native and weedy, native but not a major weed and non-native and non-weedy. We have also recently completed the assembly and annotation of a high-quality reference genome for blackgrass. Classical plant ecological approaches will establish phenotypic and trait variation for common weedy traits within and amongst these accessions (via your interaction with a PhD studentship). As a molecular population biologist, you will use population genomics type approaches to address the genetic basis of the rapid evolution of weediness. Approaches used could encompass (i) genomic scans to identify areas of the genome under selection, (ii) studies of variation in genome size/structure and variation in large gene families implicated in resistance to herbicides and adaptations to biotic and abiotic stress and (iii) mapping and GWAS type approaches to explore the genomic basis of identified weedy trait variation.

    The post holder will work closely with collaborators in the International Weed Genomics Consortium at Colorado State University, USA (, and with other labs with expertise in plant evolutionary genomics. Funds are available for lab visits to build and enable these collaborations.

    About the Department

    The Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences conducts fundamental research and has a strong focus on applying basic science to solve real world challenges, primarily within the plant, soil and environmental sciences. Research and teaching cover natural resources, agriculture, biotechnology and synthetic biology from the molecular to landscape scales.

    The weed ecology and evolution group investigates the eco-evolutionary processes that dictate the adaptation and persistence of weedy and invasive plants in agroecosystems. We have a gene to landscape focus using approaches from population and evolutionary genetics, evolutionary biology, plant ecology, modelling and epidemiology and crop science. Our basic research recognises that weedy plants are excellent models for studying rapid plant adaptation. We apply these insights to develop sustainable weed management strategies using eco-evolutionary principles.


    After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee.


    Professor Paul Neve,
    Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences,,
    Tel: +45 29611199.

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