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Postdoc and PhD position in evolutionary genomics



Important description
Topic: Evolutionary genomics of host-parasite interactions

Host-parasite coevolution is predicted to have complex consequences on the genetic architecture of both interacting species. These consequences may relate to the mechanisms that (i) are of direct relevance to the interaction (e.g., resistance, pathogenicity), (ii) associate with a possible cost of co-adaptation (e.g. life-history trade-offs), or (iii) increase evolutionary rates (e.g., recombination). The advertised positions will be involved in the genomic and population genetic analysis of host and parasite material generated through evolution experiments within the German priority programme SPP 1399 on host-parasite coevolution (See: http://ieb.uni-muenster.de/spp/ ). The project aims at understanding the genomic changes that result from such coevolutionary interactions in three model taxa, the micro-parasite Bacillus thuringiensis and two of its invertebrate hosts, the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans and the insect Tribolium castaneum.

The project is funded by the German Science Foundation (postdoc position according to 100% TV-L 13; PhD position according to 65% TV-L 13). It will be based in the Department of Evolutionary Ecology and Genetics at the University of Kiel, Northern Germany, led by Hinrich Schulenburg (www.uni-kiel.de/zoologie/evoecogen/). The positions will be for three years; extensions may be possible. The project is part of the German priority programme SPP 1399 on host-parasite coevolution and thus includes comprehensive interactions with various research groups across Germany and abroad (e.g., Portugal and US). The department itself provides an international and interactive atmosphere, while Kiel University and connected institutes (e.g., Max Planck Institute in Ploen) offer a stimulating research environment with a particular focus on evolutionary biology and also C. elegans genetics. The city of Kiel is a medium-sized pleasant town located at the coast of the Baltic Sea. It is the capital of the most Northern state of Germany, Schleswig-Holstein. It offers many opportunities for leisure activities, including theatres, an opera, the Schleswig-Holstein classical music festival, the heavy metal festival in Wacken, sailing, surfing, cycling, and the famous festivities of the “Kieler Woche” – one of the largest sailing events in Europe.

Requirements for positions: PhD (for postdoc position) or Master (for PhD position) in biology, bioinformatics, or related topic; high motivation; excellent background in bioinformatics and/or genomic analysis and/or population genetics; teamwork; ideally some experience with host-parasite interactions; fluency in English.

Please send applications with CV, one-page statement of research interests, and two references, as a pdf-file by email to hschulenburgzoologie.uni-kiel.de.


Eligibility and other criteria
PhD (for postdoc position) or Master (for PhD position) in biology, bioinformatics, or related topic; high motivation; excellent background in bioinformatics and/or genomic analysis and/or population genetics; teamwork; ideally some experience with host-parasite interactions; fluency in English.


Application deadline
*19th December 2012


Additional information, and important URL
http://ieb.uni-muenster.de/spp/

Women are especially encouraged to apply. Severely handicapped people will be preferentially considered in case of equivalent qualifications. For further details + questions, send an email to hschulenburgzoologie.uni-kiel.de.


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