A PhD position is available at the Institut des Sciences de l’Evolution (Montpellier, France) to work on the causal and proximal mechanisms of adaptive speciation in the house mouse (Mus musculus). The project combines behavioural, biochemical, chemical and genetic approaches to understand the evolution of assortative mating based on an olfactory-based mate recognition system. Specifically, the PhD student will test for the role of competition and sexual selection in adaptive speciation, and will participate to the identification of the odorant molecules involved in species mate recognition. A strong background in evolutionary biology is required, experience in chemical ecology and behavioural ecology is not compulsory but will be appreciated. Candidates of all nationalities can apply, but they should be proficient in spoken and written English. French skills, although helpful, are not essential.
The PhD student will be immerged in a multidisciplinary international project. Furthermore, the Institut des Sciences de l’Evolution (http://www.isem.cnrs.fr/) is hosted at the University of Montpellier, in the Mediterranean part of France and is part of a vast group of academic institutions in Montpellier devoted to research in Evolutionary Sciences, Ecology and Environmental Sciences and Applied Plant Sciences. Montpellier is more generally one of the most vibrant research communities in France.
The position is for three years. The student will be attached to the graduate school ‘Ecole Doctorale SIBAGHE’ (http://www.adum.fr/as/ed/bsiae). Raw monthly salary is 2600 Euros.
Deadline for submission of applications is the 3rd of September 2010. Interested candidates are strongly encouraged to make informal contact with Guila Ganem (firstname.lastname@example.org) a week before the deadline. Applicants should send a 1-2-page application letter stating research interests and date of availability, a detailed CV, and the names and contact details of at least two referees, preferably by email.