[Taxacom] PhD Research Fellowship (= PhD studentship) in Evolutionary Genomics and Zoology (the model taxon is the beetle genus Aegialites)
vladimir.gusarov at nhm.uio.no
Mon Apr 1 06:04:01 CDT 2019
PhD Research Fellowship (= PhD studentship) in Evolutionary Genomics and
A PhD fellowship (= PhD studentship) is available at the Natural History
Museum (NHM), University of Oslo, Norway. The position is placed in the
research group “Frontiers in Evolutionary Zoology”.
The fellowship period is for 4 years, with 3 years in total devoted to
carrying out a research project outlined below, and 1 year a compulsory
work load (25 %) that will consist of teaching and supervision duties,
collection work, outreach activities and research assistance. Starting
date no later than 01.10.2019.
The complete text of the job announcement is available here:
. The text below is an abridged version.
More about the position
The PhD project will address the foundations of speciation and dispersal
in intertidal invertebrates characterized by seemingly no dispersal
capacity. Many invertebrate species have very wide distribution ranges,
but seemingly no or very low dispersal capacities. Some cases are known,
for example, as the "Meiofauna paradox". However, detailed studies of
some traditionally recognized widespread species revealed complexes of
cryptic species. Regardless of whether the distant populations are
conspecific or belong to different cryptic species, two general
questions can be asked: “Why are these taxa from distant areas so
similar?” and “How can they have dispersed over long distances and
occupied distant shores in the absence of propagative stages?”. The
beetle genus Aegialites is widely distributed across the northern
Pacific Ocean shores, both in Asia and North America where the beetles
live on coastal rocks flooded at high tides or sprinkled by waves. These
beetles are wingless and have no obvious adaptations to dispersal, yet
they occur even on some distant islands that have never been connected
The first aim of this project is to investigate the evolutionary history
of this genus and to test if speciation is driven by vicariance or not.
Second, the genome of an Aegialites species will be determined to allow
genome re-sequencing approaches for the next hypotheses to be tested.
Third, genome re-sequencing approaches will be applied to understand the
dispersal capacity of Aegialites species at different geographical
scales and, fourth, to test if hybridization between Aegialites species
occurs possibly explaining their high morphological similarity. The
results will contribute to answering the two more general questions
above. Even though field work will be conducted to fill gaps in existing
material, it will be necessary to complement these with historical
museum material. Therefore, in this project both classical zoological
and population and evolutionary genomic approaches will be explored
including the usage of historical museum material for molecular studies
(often called museomics).
The Natural History Museum has a modern DNA laboratory. The PhD will be
associated with the research group “Frontiers in Evolutionary Zoology”,
specifically Torsten Struck (Professor of Evolutionary Genomics) and
Vladimir Gusarov (Associate Professor of Entomology).
- A Master’s degree or equivalent in biology or related disciplines like
- Strong motivation for research in zoology and/or genomics.
- Skills in general molecular laboratory practices
- Experience with next-generation sequencing of genomes and working with
small amounts of tissue material (i.e., whole genome amplification) is
- Computing skills and background in bioinformatics are expected for
handling and analyzing large data sets emerging from nextgeneration
- Background in entomology, particularly knowledge of beetle morphology
and systematics, will be an advantage.
- Communication skills (including written and spoken English)
Grade requirements for admission to the PhD program
- The average grade point for courses included in the Bachelor’s degree
must correspond to C or better in the Norwegian educational system.
- The average grade point for courses included in the Master’s degree
must correspond to B or better in the Norwegian educational system
- The Master’s thesis must correspond to the grade B or better in the
Norwegian educational system
The purpose of the fellowship is research training leading to the
successful completion of a PhD degree. The fellowship requires admission
to the PhD program at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.
Appointment to a PhD research fellowship is conditional upon admission
to the Faculty’s research training program. A plan for the research
training must be submitted no later than two months after taking up the
position, and the admission approved within three months.
- Salary NOK 449 400 - 505 800 per year depending on qualification and
seniority as PhD Research Fellow (position code 1017)
- Challenging research questions and friendly working environment
- Full funding of the project research-related activities, including
molecular lab work, field work and presentation of results at
- Membership in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
- Attractive welfare benefits
How to apply. The application must include the following:
- Cover letter
- CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work, scientific
publications and other relevant experience)
- Copies of educational certificates and transcripts of records
- List of publications and academic work that the applicant wishes to be
considered by the evaluating committee
- A one-page statement explaining how a PhD in evolutionary genomics and
zoology will fit into the applicant’s career plan
- Names and contact details of 2-3 references (name, affiliation,
relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number). The references will
be contacted if necessary. Letters of recommendation are therefore not
required for the initial application.
The application with attachments is to be delivered in our electronic
recruiting system. Foreign applicants are advised to attach an
explanation of their University’s grading system. Please remember that
all documents should be in English or a Scandinavian language. In
assessing applications, particular emphasis will be placed upon the
academic and personal ability of the candidate to complete the project
within the given time frame and write a PhD thesis under supervision.
Interviews with selected candidates will be arranged.
Contact information (see the complete text of the announcement)
About the position and project details:
Professor and head of the FEZ research group: Professor Lutz Bachmann
Professor Torsten H. Struck
About administrative questions and the application procedure:
HR officer Thomas Brånå
Apologies for cross-posting.
Vladimir Gusarov, Ph.D.
Curator of Entomology
Department of Zoology
Natural History Museum
University of Oslo \\ /
P.O. Box 1172 Blindern ooooDD0-0C
NO-0318 Oslo // \
Tel +47 22851703
Fax +47 22851837
email: vladimir.gusarov at nhm.uio.no
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University of Oslo
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