Job announcement
University of Münster, Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity

PhD position – Reproduction in a changing world

Application deadline: 10.11.2017
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I invite applications for a PhD position in the research group of Dr. Claudia Fricke ( at the Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity at the University of Muenster in Germany.

The start date will be as soon as possible, the latest January 2018.

We study the evolution of sexual traits and within this project the interested candidate will study the effects of temperature on male and female reproduction. High temperatures particularly affects male reproductive success and we want to understand the underlying molecular changes that lead to the temperature sensitivity of male fertility. Using experimental evolution the aim is to test whether this temperature sensitivity can evolve and males remain fertile even at elevated temperatures. This will give insight whether adaption to novel temperature environments is possible or whether a constraint will possibly limit species persistence through a reduce ability to reproduce. For this research work the successful candidate will work with the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster, which is a widely used model organism. This project will combine behavioural and fitness assays with molecular work and an experimental evolution approach to gain more insight into the ecology of reproduction.

WWU is a large vibrant university hosting a number of excellent scientific institutions ( The Institute for Evolution and Biology provides a stimulating research environment with a number of scientific groups researching on diverse topics centred on different aspects of the study of Evolution and the student can benefit from the structured PhD program offered by the Münster Graduate School of Evolution ( The town of Muenster itself is characterised by its many students and presents a dynamic environment with many cultural and social events throughout the year (

Qualifications: I search a highly motivated student of any nationality and those with the equivalent of a Master’s degree in biology are invited to apply. A background in any of the following subjects will be useful: previous experience with practical Drosophila or other insect work, good molecular skills, preferably experience with bioinformatics, a good understanding of statistics. Applicants should have excellent communication skills. The working language of the institute and the lab is English and good proficiency in spoken and written English is a requirement.

Please send your application in one single PDF file to Dr. Claudia Fricke ( Included should be 1) a cover letter with a statement of your research interests and motivation (max. 1 page), 2) your CV including details of your research experience (with the abstract of your masters thesis) and 3) contact details of at least two referees.

Applications should be written in English and the deadline is the 10th of November 2017.

The salary will be for 36 months (TV-L E13/65%) with regular weekly working hours of 39 hours and 50 minutes. Applications of women are specially invited. In the case of similar qualification, competence and specific achievements, women will be considered on preferential terms within the framework of the legal possibilities. Preference will be given to disabled applicants in case of equivalent qualification.

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