We are a seeking a motivated PhD student to join our research team involving researchers from the Department of Biology at the Université de Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada and from the Centre d'écologie fonctionnelle et évolutive, Montpellier, France.
The proposed project will investigate natural selection acting on reproductive traits using long-term datasets with phenotypic and pedigree data collected in populations of blue tits (Cyanistes caeruleus) in Corsica, France. The project will benefit from data gathered over 10 to 35 years in natural populations to establish the strength and variability of selection across contrasted environments and at different geographical scales. A quantitative genetic approach will allow to link these selection patterns with genetic co(variances) displayed by reproductive traits, providing insights into evolutionary potentials of these characters.
The selected candidate will share his time between the Université de Sherbrooke and Université de Montpellier II. The fieldwork in Corsica will take place every year from April to June. Ideally, the candidate will have previous research and fieldwork experiences; skills in handling birds would also be an advantage. A good background in evolutionary ecology and biostatistics is also desirable.
The position is funded for three years, starting as soon as January 2012. Please apply by sending your CV, including the email addresses of two referees, and a letter of motivation by 7 October 2011 to Dany.Garant@Usherbrooke.ca