I am a seeking a motivated PhD student to join my research group in the Department of Biology at the University of Sherbrooke (http://pages.usherbrooke.ca/dgarant/). The Department has an outstanding group of researchers in ecology and evolution and provides a dynamic and stimulating environment for graduate students.
The proposed project will investigate phenotypic and genetic correlations between reproductive traits and fitness in a long term studied population of tree swallows (Tachycineta bicolor) in southern Québec, Canada. The project will benefits from a genetic pedigree gathered over 8 years, which includes data collected over 10 000 individuals, to unravel the possible genetic constraints on population' evolutionary potential, and to assess links among traits and fitness in contrasted environments.
The fieldwork in southern Quebec will take place 2-3 months each summer. Ideally, the candidate will have previous research and fieldwork experiences and skills in handling birds would also be an advantage. A good background in evolutionary ecology and/or quantitative genetics is also desirable.
The position is open and funded for three years, starting as soon as September 2011. Please apply by sending your CV, including the email addresses of two referees, and a letter of motivation by 5 August 2011 to Dany.Garant@Usherbrooke.ca