jueves, 28 de julio de 2011

Graduate position: U Innsbruck. Molecular Ecology_Integrative Biodiversity

PhD position

Update: This position was originally announced via EvolDir on June 17, 2011, with a very short deadline of four days. We have decided to prolong the application deadline until August 10, 2011. Applications already submitted remain valid and do not need to be re-sent.

The University of Innsbruck, Austria, seeks to hire at the PhD student level in the area of molecular ecology. The position is a 3-years position at the Molecular Ecology Group of the Institute of Ecology, starting from 1 October 2011.

1. participation in an interdisciplinary and integrative biodiversity research project on Palaearctic Tetramorium ants, i.e., addressing of population genetic, phylogeographic, phylogenetic and taxonomic questions relating to the delimitation of cryptic species, and the evolution and evolutionary ecology of cryptic diversity
2. application of molecular genetic lab techniques (e.g. mtDNA but also nuclear sequence loci, following their NGS-based development) and associated inference methods (e.g. gene flow analysis, phylogenetic reconstruction, phylogeographic analysis), morphometrics and relevant statistical methods, and possibly further disciplines (e.g., near-infrared spectroscopy, ecological niche modelling)
3. preparation of manuscripts
4. participation in the PhD program of Innsbruck University
5. teaching of a maximum of 2 hours per semester, if there is demand in the faculty

***Selection criteria***
A. completed study of biology, MSc level
B. demonstrated research experience in population genetics, phylogeography, phylogenetics or taxonomy of arthropods
C. keen interest in evolution and ecology, and a high level of motivation
D. ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary team
E. flexibility in the course of progressing research
F. ability to work independently
G. ability to work under pressure
H. good knowledge of oral and written English

***PhD supervisor***
Birgit C. Schlick-Steiner

The annual gross salary is an all-inclusive salary of EUR 25,811.80

***How to apply***
To apply, please submit, by E-mail to , with cc to , and with the subject line "Chiffre: BIO-6591 - Bewerbung um ein wissenschaftliche Stelle": a cover letter (including a reference to "Chiffre: BIO-6591"), systematic point-by-point replies as to your readiness for the responsibilities and how you meet the selection criteria, brief statement of research interests, list of relevant methods successfully applied thus far, complete curriculum vitae, complete list of publications, and facultatively up to three pdf files of published work. Also, if possible, arrange for two letters of recommendation to be sent to

Applications must be written in German or English. The deadline for receipt of all applications is August 10, 2011.

The (legally binding) announcement in German can be found at: http://www.uibk.ac.at/service/c101/mitteilungsblatt/2010-2011/33/mitteil

***More information needed?***
For more information, please contact the PhD supervisor: Birgit Schlick-Steiner

Birgit C. Schlick-Steiner
Professor of Molecular Ecology
Institute of Ecology
University of Innsbruck
Technikerstr. 25
A-6020 Innsbruck, Austria