A Four Years Science Foundation Ireland funded PhD position will be available to work on arthropod phylogenomics and arthropod genome evolution at the Bioinformatics and Molecular Evolution Unit (http://bioinf.may.ie/), The National University of Ireland Maynooth starting October/November 2011.
The project you will be working on involves the generation of transcriptome-wide EST data sets, and microRNA data sets using Next Generation Sequencing and using these data to address important, unresolved questions in arthropod evolution.
This is multidisciplinary research project. Bioinformatics knowledge (including programming in PERL or PYTHON) and strong interests in phylogenetics and animal evolution are essential. In addition you will have to learn Paleontology and a range of basic techniques in Molecular Biology.
Willingness to travel and spend time abroad is essential as several international collaborators are involved in the project. In particular the student is expected to spend few months in the laboratory of Prof. Kevin Peterson (Dartmouth College - US) to carry out microRNA work.
Please send a cv and have one or preferably two letters of reference sent to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Davide Pisani
The National University of Ireland
Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Ireland.