Great science, great fun

Our vision is to be one of the most creative, productive and exciting research groups in evolutionary biology and biogeography. We're always looking for new, motivated people to join our group. We often have opportunities for PhD students, post-docs and masters projects. Read on to understand our lab culture, our resources and what living in Sweden might be like.

A lab group with a shared

We take our work seriously but not ourselves. We are a diverse group of individuals from around the world joined by our deep interest in the natural world. Our lab members are mostly based in Gothenburg but we have many associated members across the globe.

Regular lab meetings

We try to meet regularly in order to share information between ourselves and with other groups. We organise weekly breakfast meetings as well as two-week-long group meetings twice a year – where we'll often go somewhere interesting. Additionally, we have fortnightly journal and software clubs.

Labs and computing

We have on-site labs for NGS nucleotide analysis with extensive in-house experience. We also have access to the two national genomic facilities, SciLifeLab and the Sahlgrenska Academy Core Facility. All our members have access to local and national computing servers for bioinformatic analysis.

Conferences, travel
and teaching

We are part of the Gothenburg Global Biodiversity Centre, Centre of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in a Changing Climate and the ForBio network. As a result our lab members, and in particular our students, have greater opportunities for funding, travel grants and learning resources.


Do you think you'd fit into our group?

  • The natural world is important
  • The natural world is incredible
  • The natural world is our home
  • I want to do the best science ........ but I also want to live well
  • Cake every Friday is normal!

Available positions

Open Position:

Masters projects are available! We are always open to Masters students joining the lab as part of their degree course, be they from Sweden or not. If you have an idea of a project or you would like to see what projects you can choose from, then do email us! If you get in touch, please make sure you provide some description about yourself, your situation and your potential interests. We are unlikely to respond to shotgun-style emails.

Deadline: Email Søren Faurby
Open Position:

Collaborations welcome!Are you a researcher with funding looking to collaborate with us? We are open to outside people coming and contributing to our lab. In the past we have opened our doors to PhD students and post-docs who have visited us for both long and short periods. Additionally, we have many collaborators based outside of Gothenburg who work alongside us on many research projects.

Deadline: Email Daniele Silvestro

We are based in Sweden in the country’s second largest city, Gothenburg. Notwithstanding the long and cold winters, Sweden is one of the world’s most successful societies, boasting high levels of economic prosperity and quality of life. Gothenburg is situated on Sweden’s west coast and has a population just over a million people. The sea, the coast and beaches are a short tram ride from the centre, as are extensive forest nature reserves and leisure areas.

The city and the University of Gothenburg offer a number of services and information to facilitate foreign researchers to move to the city and there are a number of activities to make new researchers feel at home. Additionally, the university may be able to offer accommodation to new, foreign researchers through its guest housing services. Our lab is located within Gothenburg’s botanic garden (photo credit Agnetagreen).