Ph.D. position in Plant Systematics available

Reto Nyffeler rnyffeler at SYSTBOT.UNIZH.CH
Thu Apr 22 16:16:16 CDT 2004

Ph.D. position in plant systematics available at the University of Zürich

A three-year Ph.D. position is available to study the phylogenetic 
relationships, biogeography, and taxonomy of a subgroup of the genus 
Parodia s.l. (Cactaceae) predominantly occurring in Brazil and Uruguay. The 
project work will include both comparative morphological and molecular 
investigations. A focus is put on extensive sampling of individuals and 
populations from the Parodia ottonis complex in order to conduct 
phylogeographic investigations, and character-based and tree-based species 
delimitation analyses.

The applicant should preferably (1) show some practical experience in the 
molecular lab; (2) be interested to work with both „traditional“ taxonomic 
as well as „modern“ phylogenetic methods; (3) be prepared to conduct field 
work; (4) be fluent in English (or German) and have a working knowledge of 
Portuguese and/or Spanish.

The successful applicant will work at the Institute of Systematic Botany, 
University of Zürich, and at the Zürich Succulent Plant Collection. 
Application review begins immediately and will continue until the position 
is filled.

To receive further information or to express interest (please send a brief 
cover letter outlining qualifications and interests, curriculum vitae, and 
two addresses of potential referees) contact:

Reto Nyffeler
Institut für Systematische Botanik
Zollikerstrasse 107
CH-8008 Zürich
rnyffeler at


Urs Eggli
Sukkulenten-Sammlung Zürich
Mythenquai 88
CH-8002 Zürich
urs.eggli at

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