[Taxacom] Job Announcemnet: PhD Position in Plant Evolutionary Biology
gerald.schneeweiss at univie.ac.at
Mon Apr 10 05:56:47 CDT 2017
a full-time Ph.D. position (three years) is available from 1. May 2017
in the Research Group Plant Biogeography
(http://plantbiogeography.univie.ac.at) in the Department of Botany and
Biodiversity Research of the University of Vienna, Austria. Salary in
this position is 37,000 Euros per year.
The successful applicant will work on a doctoral thesis in the
University of Vienna in the context of research funded by the Austrian
Science Fund. Using the plant genus Phyteuma (Campanulaceae) as model
system to study evolution in and into alpine habitats, this project will
establish a sound species phylogeny for Phyteuma using thorough analyses
of two complementary phylogenomic data sets (target capture and RAD-seq
derived SNP data). Based on the thus obtained phylogenetic hypothesis,
the prevalent mode of speciation in(to) alpine habitats and putative
ecological and morphological (pre-)adaptations will be identified.
Specific questions include: Are alpine species the result of repeated
speciation into alpine habitats or of in situ speciation in alpine
habitats? What are the ancestral habitats of alpine species? What is the
role of ecogeographic differentiation for alpine speciation? Are there
morphological traits associated with the occurrence in alpine habitats?
What is the impact of Pleistocene climatic oscillations on speciation in
and/or into alpine habitats? Finally, using target capture and RAD-seq
data and ecological modeling approaches, the phylogeographic histories
of two widely distributed species complexes will be inferred to address
whether a given species colonized alpine habitats once or multiple
times, to identify the prevailing directionality of habitat shifts, and
to assess the impact of Pleistocene climatic oscillations on
differentiation. This work will be done in collaboration with Ovidiu
Paun (Univ. Vienna, Austria) and Jim Leebens-Mack (Univ. Georgia, USA).
Funds are available for all bench costs, equipment and reagents for the
three years of the thesis duration. The student should be familiar with
phylogenomic techniques (target-capture and/or RAD-seq) and the analysis
of phylogenomic data. Academic training will be through seminars and
graduate-level courses at the University of Vienna as well as
participation in national and international meetings. Good English
skills are necessary; knowledge of German is not essential, but
obviously helpful for living in Vienna. A Master's degree, preferably in
plant molecular and evolutionary biology, is required. Please send
electronically a letter of application, CV, university transcripts
(personal copies acceptable), and two letters of recommendation to:
gerald.schneeweiss at univie.ac.at.
Evaluation of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the
position is filled.
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