[Taxacom] PhD fellowship in weevil molecular phylogenetics

Bjarte Henry Jordal Bjarte.Jordal at um.uib.no
Thu Mar 15 15:02:16 CDT 2012

PhD fellowship in molecular systematics of weevils, with focus on bark and ambrosia beetles

At the Museum of Natural History, University Museum of Bergen, a position as PhD fellow is available for 3 years in the NFR funded project «A phylogenomic approach to understand the diversification of bark beetles and associated microbes». The fellow will be associated with the research group Phylogenetic Systematics and Evolution at the museum (http://www.uib.no/rg/pse).

The research will focus on screening new molecular markers for the phylogenetic analysis of weevils, with particular focus on large scale molecular phylogenetics of bark and ambrosia beetles. Phylogenies will be used for comparative analyses of host plant preferences, fungus symbiosis, and the evolution of reproductive systems in these beetles. In this work, the PhD fellow will work in team together with project advisor, project partners at Michigan State University and University of Florida, during the project, and one postdoctoral fellow in the second half of the project.

Applicants must hold a master- / cand.scient.-degree in evolutionary biology, with relevance to biosystematics. The master's degree must be completed by the application deadline. It is preferable with experience in molecular methods applied to biosystematics. Further criteria in the evaluation process included the applicant’s ability to work independently and in team, study progression, grades from MSc thesis work and other relevant evolutionary biology subjects, and scientific authorship.

The research fellows must take part in the University's approved PhD program leading to the degree within a time limit of 3 years. Hence, applicants must meet the formal admission requirements for the PhD program.  Application for admission to the PhD study, including progress plan for education and research will be made together with the project advisor. The PhD fellow will become a member of the Norwegian-Swedish research school in Biosystematics (http://www.forbio.uio.no). Expected starting date is July 2012.

Starting salaries at salary level 48 (code 1017) on the government salary scale (corresponding to NOK 383.900 per year, following ordinary meriting regulations.

Additional information on the position is obtainable from associate professor Bjarte Jordal (PI), phone +47 55 58 2233, e-mail: bjarte.jordal at um.uib.no

The application must include a complete review of education and professional experience with copies of exams and certificates and scientific works including a list of publications (All in three copies, sorted in three identical bundles).

The application should be sent to: The University Museum of Bergen, Post Box 7800, N-5020 Bergen, Norway, latest by 11.April

In addition an application including an application letter and CV must be sent electronically to the University of Bergen using www.jobbnorge.no.

Application deadline:  11th of April 2012

The application must be marked:  12/2632

Bjarte Jordal, PhD

Associate Professor in Systematic Entomology
The Natural History Museum
Bergen Museum, University of Bergen
P.B. 7800, NO-5020 Bergen


"Phylogenetic Systematics and Evolution" research group

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