Job announcement
Bremen University, Institute of Ecology , Population & Evolutionary Ecology

PhD student position - life history evolution

Application deadline: 17.02.2017

A PhD student position within the EU-funded Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network BINGO (Breeding Invertebrates for Next Generation Biocontrol) is available at the Population & Evolutionary Ecology Laboratory at Bremen University, Germany:

RP 4: Clutch size, sex ratio, and differential mortality in the Bracon hebetor /B. brevicornis species complex

The candidate will work on clutch size, sex ratio, and differential mortality in the Bracon hebetor / B. brevicornis species complex. Probably due to global warming, the European corn borer recently became able to produce two generations per year instead of just one, thereby drastically increasing its destructive potential in some areas. Wasps of the genus Bracon are very promising additional biocontrol agents against this important pest. By quantifying and mapping genetic variation for important traits, such as clutch size or sex ratio produced, we will be able to select for the most suitable Bracon populations.

The main objectives of this project are (i) to analyse the natural variation and heritability in the above mentioned traits, (ii) to set up selection lines and to map genomic variation for understanding phenotype/genotype links (SNP) and (iii) to analyses the trade-offs involved in phenotype expression.

We seek a bright, highly motivated, and enthusiastic person able to work both as part of a team and independently. The ideal candidate shall have a master degree or equivalent in natural science, preferably with a good background in entomology, ecology, evolution, genetics and/or biological control. Good skills in statistical data analysis (R) are a plus, but training will be provided. The language in the lab is English, and a high standard of spoken and written English is required.

Candidates must be, at the time of recruitment by the host organisation, in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers and have not yet been awarded a doctoral degree. This is measured from the date when they obtained the degree which would formally entitle them to embark on a doctorate. Eligible candidates may be of any nationality but must not, at the time of recruitment have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc) in Germany for more than 12 months in the 3 last years immediately prior to the recruitment date.

The BINGO-ITN is funded by the EU Horizon 2020 programme and involves 12 partners from academia, non-profit organizations and biocontrol industry located in the Netherlands, Germany, France, Spain, Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, Greece and Portugal. BINGO's approach is multidisciplinary, encompassing a broad range of scientific disciplines, including the application of state-of-the-art population genomics. The BINGO programme combines integrated training workshops and internship opportunities across the network, with career opportunities in academia, public or the private sectors. You will work in close cooperation with PhD students and researchers involved in related BINGO research projects. Secondments are planned to other BINGO participants For more information, please have a look at As a winner of the Total-E-Quality Science Award the University of Bremen strives for increasing the number of females in science. Handicapped applicants will be preferred in case of equal qualifications over other applicants. The position is financed with TVL 13 1/1 (full position) for 20 month, conditional to the approval of the funding. Thereafter with TVL 13 1/2 for 16 month, with a 2 SWS teaching duty per semester, conditional to the approval of the funding.

To apply, please provide a letter of motivation and a detailed CV by indicating the job id A13/17 to: Dr. Andra Thiel, Population and Evolutionary Ecology FB 02, Institute of Ecology Leobener Strasse NW2 University of Bremen D-28334 Bremen
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We will be considering applications until 17 February 2017. The envisaged starting date is 1 April 2017, the total duration of the position is 36 month.

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