Job announcement
Universität Hamburg, Institute of Zoology

PhD Position - Hybrid genomics of Beetles

Application deadline: 15.05.2017
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Universität Hamburg, Faculty Mathematics, Informatics, Natural Sciences, Department of Biology, Institute of Zoology

In the framework of our recently funded project

HYBRIDS – chances and challenges of new genomic combinations

the following PhD position starting on July 1st 2017 is available

„Hybrid genomics - genetic conflicts over sex determination and sexual reproduction in hybridogenetic beetles“

The doctoral student will perform cutting-edge research in a research-driven environment with excellent technical facilities in the context of the new research project HYBRIDS - chances and challenges of novel genetic combinations. In this specific project NGS techniques will be used to elucidate whether genomic conflicts between introgressed mtDNA genes and nuclear genes lead to the lack of heterogametic males. Newly established RAD markers will be used to investigate whether specific nuclear - mitochondrial combinations lead to the death of males. RAD markers should also clarify the mode of reproduction since paternity analyses hint to a gynogenetic mode of reproduction excluding the paternal genome in females with specific mtDNA types.

The project is part of a collaborative research project with participating scientists from the University of Hamburg (UHH), the Bernhard-Nocht-Institute for Tropical Medicine (BNI) and the Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS). The consortium studies patterns and characteristics of hybridization events in nature.

These studies are carried out at the level of genomes, the level of species and finally at the level of populations to understand the interplay between:

  • hybrid genomics
  • hybrid performance
  • hybrid distribution   

For more information on the projects involved please visit our web site:

The metropolis Hamburg is one of the most popular cities in Europe and harbors one of the largest universities in Germany.

The position of Research Associate is in accordance with Section 28, subsection 3 of the Hamburg Higher Education Act (Hamburgisches Hochschulgesetz, HmbHG). The position is remunerated at salary level TV-L13 and calls for 50% of standard work hours per week*. The fixed-term nature of this contract is based upon Section 2 of the Academic Fixed-Term Labor Contract Act (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz, WissZeitVG). The term is fixed for a period of 3.4 years.

The position commences on July 1st 2017.

The University aims to increase the number of women in research and teaching and explicitly encourages qualified women to apply. Equally qualified female applicants will receive preference in accordance with the Hamburg Equality Act (Hamburgisches Gleichstellungsgesetz, HmbGleiG).

Responsibilities: Duties include academic services in the project named above. Research associates can also pursue independent research and further academic qualifications.

Requirements: A university degree in a relevant field. The project requires very good team work ability, high motivation and very good English skills. The applicant should be experienced with molecular biology and preferentially also with NGS data or a programming language (Perl, Python, Unix, R). Experience with insect cultures would be a plus.

Severely disabled applicants will receive preference over equally qualified non-disabled applicants.

For further information, please contact Prof. Susanne Dobler. Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and copies of degree certificate(s). The application deadline is May 15th 2017. Please send applications as a single PDF document to Prof. Susanne Dobler (

* Full-time positions currently comprise 39 hours per week

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