Job announcement
University of Regensburg, Faculty of Biology

Doctoral position - sexual selection in ants

Application deadline: 30.06.2017

Universität Regensburg: doctoral position available on sexual selection in ants

While males can increase their reproductive success by additional matings, female fitness is typically more limited by the number of eggs they can produce than by the number of their mates. Nevertheless, female multiple mating (polyandry) is a common phenomenon in animals. While hypotheses on the adaptive value of polyandry abound, testing them has often been difficult.

In the ant Cardiocondyla elegans, workers carry female sexuals from colony to colony to promote outbreeding and to increase their mating frequency. In our project we will combine field observations in France, microsatellite genotyping, controlled mating and experimental manipulations in the lab to determine the evolutionary significance of this “royal matchmaking” and how queen mating frequency and inbreeding coefficient affect colony growth, offspring quality, and disease resistance.

We offer: DFG-funded PhD position (65%); work with up-to-date methodologies in newly equipped labs; friendly, international working atmosphere; starting date: fall

We expect: MSc in Biology; good communication skills, high motivation, interest in behavioral ecology and evolutionary biology; basic knowledge of population genetics and statistics

Please send your application (cv, copies of certificates, letter of motivation, names of potential referees) by June 30, 2017 to

For details on the team and on other ongoing projects see

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Heinze, LS Zoologie / Evolutionsbiologie, Universität Regensburg D-93040 Regensburg, Tel. --49 941 943 2475 Fax --49 941 943 3304

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