PhD in Evolutionary Biology, University of Bern, Switzerland

A fully funded PhD position (3-4 years) is open for an enthusiastic young researcher to work in the group of Aquatic Ecology & Evolution, led by Prof. Ole Seehausen, at the University of Bern and the Eawag Centre for Ecology, Evolution & Biogeochemistry in Kastanienbaum, Switzerland.

The project will explore 15,000 years of evolution and ecosystem dynamics in Lake Victoria, East Africa, as reconstructed from sediment cores, fossils and ancient DNA. This Swiss NSF Sinergia project is a cooperation between U Bern, EAWAG (Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology), the Centre for Geogenetics at U of Copenhagen, Denmark, the Tanzania Fisheries Research Institute, U of Arizona, U Massachusetts and others.

The group of Ole Seehausen focusses on the phenotypic and genomic evolution of Lake Victoria’s super-diverse cichlid fish radiation. The PhD in evolutionary biology and paleogenetics will investigate the evolution of the cichlid radiation through study of time series of fossils and ancient DNA. We want to understand how the ecological and phenotypic diversity changed through time, how genetic variation arose and got assembled into new species in the course of the adaptive radiation.

This is one of 4 PhD and several Postdoc positions in the project. In close collaboration with ecologists, paleo-ecologists and paleo-genomics researchers, we want to address how the evolutionary diversification of the cichlid fish interacted with the Lake Victoria ecosystem. The student will analyse subfossil remains of cichlid fish from sediment cores for their morphology and ancient DNA content. Extensive reference collections of modern cichlids and their genome sequences will be available to aid interpretation of fossil phenotypes and ancient DNA data. The PhD will be co-supervised by Dr. Moritz Muschick.

Ideally, the candidate has extensive prior training in molecular genetic techniques, statistical shape analysis, computational analysis of genomic sequence data, or evolutionary biology. The candidate is motivated to learn and apply advanced laboratory techniques and to work independently. The group’s working language is English and fluency in writing and speaking is required. Knowledge of German or French is not required.

Besides Uni Bern, the student will spend time at Eawag’s Centre for Ecology, Evolution & Biogeochemistry. The Centre is located at Lake Lucerne and is a strong nucleus of Eawag research groups aimed at integrating evolutionary biology, community ecology, and ecosystem science

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Ole Seehausen, Institute of Ecology and Evolution
Salary: Swiss NSF PhD Fellowship (47,000 to 50,000 CHF, 100%).
The position is available from March 1, 2019 (for 3-4 years).
Review of applications starts on January 20, 2019 and continues until the position is filled.
Please direct inquiries to Prof. Dr. Ole Seehausen,
Applications: One pdf file only, with CV, letter of motivation, if applicable transcript of MSc with grades, publication list, and contact details of three referees should be send by email to

Postdoc on asexual reproduction in aphids

A 18-month postdoctoral position is available in the team Ecology and
Genetics of Insects (
Ecology-and-Genetics-of-Insects), at INRA, Rennes, France, starting in
June 2019.

Contact or before 15 Feb 19

PhD position – University of Kent

Title: Investigating the co-evolution of chromosome organisation and gene expression in ruminants

Closing date: 18th January 2019

Project Description

Our lab aims to study genome evolution and the genetic changes associated with individual and species differences, applying the newest comparative and functional genomic techniques and the great wealth of genomic data available. In particular, we focus on the dynamics of chromosomal evolution in mammals and other vertebrates. To address these questions, we use rodents and ruminants as model species and take a multidisciplinary approach that combines experimental and bioinformatic analysis.

This project will focus particularly on how genomic changes between closely related ruminant species might affect gene expression. To do so, the student will first detect genomic changes in ruminants using an algorithm designed in our lab. Then, they will generate and analyse RNA-Seq data for cattle, sheep and red deer, to finally integrate their results with the gross genomic changes.

The candidate: We are seeking a highly motivated individual, excited by the prospect of conducting cutting-edge research, with a minimum of 2:1 degree in a relevant subject. She/he will have a strong willingness to work at the interface of wet-lab and bioinformatics, and demonstrate enthusiasm to learn new skills.

Informal enquiries can be sent at –

How to apply: Applications can be made using the online University application page where the project title should be entered as the proposed area of research and Dr Marta Farré Belmonte as supervisor. Please include a CV and a cover letter.

Postdoc and PhD place in Bangor



Research Scientist position at Edinburgh Zoo


The role

An opportunity has arisen for a committed researcher to join the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland WildGenes lab. Reporting to the Conservation Programme Manager – WildGenes in our Conservation team, the successful candidate will initiate, implement and disseminate conservation genetics projects in the WildGenes laboratory. Duties include assisting with the project management and analysis of genetic data for a diverse portfolio of conservation genetic projects.

This is a full-time permanent position where the working hours are 37.5 hours per week.

Closing date: Wednesday 2nd January 2019.

Can anyone help find accommodation for a visitor starting in Jan 2019 please

Dear all,

My name is Sara Peixoto, I am a postgraduate student from Portugal and I will do an internship at University of Sheffield (Molecular Ecology Lab) next year (2019), from January to July. I’m looking for a cheap place to stay near the university for that period – maximum £250 including bills – so if you have a room available or know someone who has, please contact me: Ideally I am looking for a room from January 12 until the end of June please.

Thank you.

Best regards,


seminar of interest?

Seminars are held on Mondays at 12.00 noon (unless stated) in the Conference Room (room A225), A Floor, Alfred Denny building.

Monday 19th November 2018

Dr Gonzalo de Polavieja, Champalimaud Foundation, Lisbon

“How useful is deep learning in the study of animal behavior?”

Host: Prof Mikko Juusola

Postdoc : Marine population genomics

Research technician

Seven month post available here in Sheffield, working on our rotifer experimental evolution project

The reference number is UOS020788 closing on the 15 November 2018.


Talk on naturalist Carl Linnaeus, Tue 16/10 7pm

The Centre for Nordic Studies’ first talk this semester will be given by Dr Eva Robards (York) at 7pm in the Humanities Research Institute on Tuesday 16 October. Her talk is on, ‘The Swede who organised the world: naturalist Carl Linnaeus’.

For further information, contact Dr Colin Roth by e-mailing

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