domingo, 21 de agosto de 2011

Open PhD position in Evolutionary Biology of Alpine Plants

A PhD postion is available in the Group of Plant Population Ecology at the Botanical Institute, University of Basel in a research project with the title: "How local adaptation and phenotypic plasticity allow plants to survive in a changing Alpine landscape: Effects of fine-grained vs. coarse-grained environmental variability".
The project is a continuation of earlier research in my lab and includes reciprocal transplantation among field sites, controlled experiments in the greenhouse and molecular work. I will contribute to a still poorly understood question of evolutionary biology: To what extend is local adaptation of alpine plants shaped by phenotypic plasticity and to what extend is it a result of fixed genotypic differences?
The successful candidate should be motivated to work on alpine evolutionary ecology. Applicants with experiences in experimental population biology and a sound background in statistics will be preferred, and skills or interest in molecular work would be appreciated. Applicants should enjoy working in the field as well as in the lab. The position is funded for three years. Preferably, work starts this fall, or by arrangement. Starting salary will be CHF 40'200.- per year.

Applications including a statement of interest, CV, and the names and addresses of 2 academic references should be send to Prof. Dr. Jürg Stöcklin, Botanical Institute, Schönbeinstrasse 5, CH-4056 Basel, Switzerland. (e-mail:

Prof. Dr. Jürg Stöcklin
Botanical Institute, Dep. of Ecology, University of Basel
Schönbeinstr. 6, CH-4056 BASEL