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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
http://www.eawag.ch/forschung/cc/ceeb/index_EN.

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, ole.seehausen@iee.unibe.ch.
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 therese.oesch@iee.unibe.ch

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 – m.farre-belmonte@kent.ac.uk

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. https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/how-to-apply/#research

Two Postdoctoral positions at The University of Texas at Austin

In connection with a new research collaboration and award, the research groups of Mark Kirkpatrick and Howard Ochman (Department of Integrative Biology, UT Austin) are seeking two postdoctoral research associates with experience in evolutionary biology, phylogenetics, population genetics, bioinformatics, and/or genomics.

The general theme of this research endeavor to resolve the underlying structure of bacterial species and to elucidate to the process of bacterial speciation. Projects may be strictly computational (and involve the development of phylogenetic methods and theory) or experimental (including genetic, genome and microbiome analysis).

The start date is flexible, preferably within calendar year 2018, although later dates can be accommodated.  Salary would be $49,000­ to $52,000 per year depending on experience, and full benefits package is included. Initial appointments would be for 1 year, with potential to extend to 2 or 3 years. UT Austin offers a very stimulating research environment and outstanding facilities and infrastructure. Austin is a vibrant city with many options for recreation and cultural activities.

If interested, please send a resume and a brief statement of research interests and career goals to Kim Hammond: kim.hammond@utexas.edu. Please include the names and contact information for three references familiar with your scientific work.

Postdoctoral Researcher Positions at the CBGP (UPM-INIA) (CBGP-Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence Research Program, Spain)

The Centro de Biotecnologia y Genómica de Plantas (CBGP, UPM-INIA) is seeking for outstanding candidates for 16 postdoctoral researcher positions in the three CBGP Transversal Scientific Programs (Plant Adaptation to Environmental Changes, Improving Plant Response to Biotic Stress, and Empowering Plant Nutrition) and in the Computational, Systems Biology, and Genomics Program (CSBGP). The CBGP (UPM-INIA) is a research institute recently recognized as Severo Ochoa (SO) Center of Excellence.

More info here