Doctoral Position for Finnish Museum of Natural History
University of Helsinki

Finnish Museum of Natural History is looking for a

Doctoral Student

to join Tarasov Lab for a 3-year fixed-term full-time PhD position in comparative phylogenetics. The starting date can be negotiated and will take place July-October 2021.

The University of Helsinki ( is an international scientific community of 40,000 students and researchers. It is one of the key multidisciplinary research universities in Europe and ranks among the top 100 international universities in the world. The Finnish Museum of Natural History (, which is part of the University of Helsinki, is a leading unit of systematic and evolutionary biology in Finland and a host to a vibrant community of researchers.

We are looking for a highly motivated doctoral student to join the research group of Dr. Sergei Tarasov and a broad network of collaborators. You will work on a project, funded through the three-year research grant program of the University of Helsinki. In your role as a doctoral student you will aim at (i) developing a new phylogenetic method for reconstructing ancestral species ranges, and (ii) assessing the range evolution in the context of ecological and multidimensional phenotypic data. The latter will also require developing a new approach for modeling diffusion in hyperdimensional morphospace.

You will work in tight collaboration with the Lab’s ongoing project on evolution of Malagasy dung beetles. The appointee will be encouraged to commit short visits to our collaborators abroad and will participate in the supervision of undergraduate students. This interdisciplinary project is an exciting opportunity to conduct research on statistical modeling, evolution and biosystematics.


A successfull candidate should have:

· MSc degree (or equivalent) in biology, computer science, statistics, bioinformatics or a related field

· strong background/interest in phylogenetics, computer science or computational biology

· motivation to develop and apply new phylogenetic methods

· Good written and oral communication skills in English

The following skills are considered advantageous but are not required:

· Programming in R

· Good understanding of statistics and stochastic processes

· Research experience and publications

Applicants are expected to acquire the doctoral student status in the Doctoral Programme in Wildlife Biology at the University of Helsinki during the standard 6-month probationary period (


You will work together with the project’s Principal Investigator and the collaborators. You will be responsible for the theoretical and applied research, data analysis, writing research articles and participation in academic conferences.

The salary is based on the demands level chart for teaching and research personnel in the salary system of the Finnish universities. Doctoral students typically start from level 2 and advance to level 3, when the research work and studies have advanced according to the plan and the publication work has begun, and eventually to level 4, when the time to completing the thesis is about one year. In addition, the appointee will be paid a salary component based on personal work performance. In total, the starting gross salary of a doctoral student is typically about 2200-2400 EUR per month.

The University of Helsinki offers comprehensive services to its employees, including occupational health care and health insurance, sports facilities, and opportunities for professional development. The International Staff Services office ( assists employees from abroad with their transition to work and life in Finland.

Please submit your application through the University of Helsinki Recruitment System via the link Apply for the position. Applicants who are employees of the University of Helsinki are requested to submit their application via the SAP HR portal,

The attachment required for the application include (in a single pdf-file):

· Cover letter describing motivation and research interests (max. 1 page)

· CV with publication list

· Contact details of two potential referees.

The closing date for applications is March 10th, 2021 (23:59 EET).

For more information about the position, please contact the PI Sergei Tarasov: Email: Lab Website:

For more information on Doctoral Programme in Wildlife Biology, please see

Due date

10.03.2021 23:59 EET


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