Researcher/postdoc on temperature adaptations in Littorina snails

Nord University
Full Time
1 day ago


Open position: 2-years researcher/post-doc position in project on temperature adaptations in Littorina snails

Applications must be submitted electronically by 02.05.2021

We invite applications from motivated candidates for a two-year researcher position in evolutionary biology at the Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture, Nord University (Bodø, Norway). The position is available from June 1st 2021.

The successful candidate will study the genomic basis of temperature adaptation in the marine snail Littorina saxatilis. Understanding how organisms adapt to their environment at the genomic level is a major goal in evolutionary biology; research on adaptation to local climatic conditions obtains great urgency in times of anthropogenic climate change. L. saxatilis is an emerging model system in evolutionary genomics and very suitable for studying temperature adaptation as it inhabits a large range of climatic environments, which often vary on small spatial scales.

The position will be part of an international project funded by the Research Council of Norway focusing on how temperature adaptation changes across space, e.g. whether the same traits and loci contribute to adaptation to warm temperatures in different geographical locations. Towards this goal, snail sampling across Europe will be combined with experimental and genomic approaches.

The successful candidate will be part of an international team of researchers across Europe (, connected by a common interest in evolutionary processes and enthusiasm for discussion, creativity and diversity in research. The project will include work at the Tjärnö Marine Lab in Sweden and possibilities to visit European collaborators.

Read more about the position and how to apply here:

Project leader: Anja Westram.

Bodø, Norway