domingo, 27 de julio de 2008

PhD Position - Plant Evolutionary Ecology

Ecology and evolution of reproductive traits in a plant/pollinator-seed predator system
One PhD position is available at the Institute of Biology, University of Neuchâtel, starting August 1st, 2008 or later.
We investigate the reproductive ecologies and mutualism/antagonism between the plant Silene latifolia (Caryophyllaceae) and its seed predator and pollinator Hadena bicruris (Noctuidae). We combine field
and greenhouse experiments with population genetics (microsatellite DNA) to investigate the evolution of reproductive and defense traits. The successful candidate will be able to design a project within this
broad framework.
For research in our group see:
The ideal applicant has a strong interest in evolutionary ecology and good background in experimental design and statistical analysis, microsatellites and/or fieldwork. Fluent English is required, as well as
a MSc, Diploma Degree or equivalent in Ecology, Genetics or Evolutionary Biology.
Funding is for four years. This position entails a few hours/week of teaching assistanship during term time (botany practicals). The University of Neuchatel ( offers excellent facilities, with other groups focussing on ecology, population genetics, behavioural and evolutionary ecology, and a national competence center in plant biology (
Please send a CV, a copy of your degree, a summary of experience and research interests and the addresses of two referees with subject line «PhD application» to:
The position will be filled as soon as a suitable applicant is found.

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Giorgina Bernasconi