Sunday, November 23, 2008

Austria PhD position in Evolutionary Ecology (evolution of sex) 2009 2010

Institute for Limnology (Mondsee) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austria

PhD position in Evolutionary Ecology (evolution of sex)

Application deadline: 15. December 2008

A 3-year PhD position is available in the lab of Dr. Claus-Peter Stelzer
at the Institute for Limnology in Mondsee (near Salzburg, Austria), to
study the causes and consequences of transitions to obligate
parthenogenesis in monogonont rotifers.

The project is a combination of
laboratory experiments, molecular techniques, and field sampling. The
summary of the project funded by the Austrian Science Foundation (FWF),
as well as further information on the lab can be found at

Applicants should have a Master’s or diploma degree in biology, or a
related field. Experience in experimental design, statistics and
PCR-based molecular genetic methods would be advantageous, as well as
some “affinity towards using technical equipment” (e.g. our automated
culture systems).

The Institute for Limnology is located in the Salzkammergut lake area,
30 km east of the City of Salzburg - which is also the location of the
nearest university. The Institute has a staff complement of
approximately 25, including 10 research scientists, who work on various
areas in ecophysiology and evolutionary ecology of aquatic organisms.

The PhD student will receive a salary according to the FWF pay scale.
Applicants should send a cover letter summarizing their research
background and interest in the position, a CV, and contact information
for two referees (everything as one PDF document) to, by 15. Dec. 2008. The ideal starting
date would be 1. Feb. 2009.

Dr. Claus-Peter Stelzer
Institute for Limnology
Mondseestrasse 9
A-5310 Mondsee