Job Announcement
Universität Göttingen, Johann-Friedrich-Blumenbach Institute of Zoology and Anthropology

PhD position - phylogeny and evolution of stick and leaf insects

Application deadline: 13.11.2017

The Johann-Friedrich-Blumenbach Institute of Zoology and Anthropology at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen is looking to fill the position of a

Doctoral / Ph.D. Student

for research on The phylogeny and evolution of stick and leaf insects (Phasmatodea).

The position is funded by the German Science Foundation (DFG) for a period of three years, with a salary according to the German salary scale TV-L E13 (65%), and should be filled by winter 2017/18.

The goal of the project is to create an informative set of molecular data that allows for deciphering the phylogeography and age (using molecular clock approaches) of world-wide stick insects, to quantify morphometric parameters and perform morphospace analyses in order to reconstruct size and ecomorph transitions among stick insects.

Applicants need to hold a diploma or MSc degree in biology or a related field and to have solid experience with molecular methodology, particularly with respect to DNA extraction and sequencing, as well as a good foundation in systematics, phylogenetic analysis and biogeography. Experience in entomology and analysing morphometric data is desired. Working language is German and English. Doctoral students are supposed to take part in supervising students during internships and seminars.
This position is designed to foster young researchers and scientists and give the successful applicant the opportunity to pursue a doctoral degree.

The University of Göttingen is an equal opportunities employer and places particular emphasis on fostering career opportunities for women. Qualified women are therefore strongly encouraged to apply in fields in which they are underrepresented. The university has committed itself to being a family-friendly institution and supports their employees in balancing work and family life. The mission of the University is to employ a greater number of severely disabled persons. Applications from severely disabled persons with equivalent qualifications will be given preference.

Applications containing the common documents should be sent by November 13, 2017 in electronic form or by ordinary mail to Dr. Sven Bradler, Johann-Friedrich-Blumenbach-Institut für Zoologie und Anthropologie, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Untere Karspüle 2, 37073 Göttingen, Germany, e-mail:

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