to study evolutionary ecology of host-parasite interactions, particularly parasite adaptation to host. The study system is the New Zealand freshwater snail Potamopyrgus antipodarum and its trematode parasite Microphallus sp. The goal of the project is to understand the genetic underpinnings of rapid parasite adaptation to new host types. The work includes field work in New Zealand and laboratory infection experiments followed by application of genomics and bioinformatics tools. General information about the research group can be found at http://www.ae.ethz.ch/. Co-PIs in the project are Dr. Hanna Hartikainen (ETH Zurich) and Prof. Roger Butlin (University of Sheffield).
Candidates must qualify for admission to the Ph.D. programme of ETH (https://www.ethz.ch/en/doctorate.html). The duration of the position is three years, starting not earlier than May 2016. Salary is according to ETH-scale starting from 47 kchf/year.
Suitable qualified persons are invited to apply by email. Please attach a single PDF file including a letter of motivation, C.V. and names plus addresses of two references. Subject line should read “PHD-Position 2016”. Email address to use is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Evaluation of applications starts January 2016, and continues until the position is filled.
professor of aquatic ecology