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Wien, Austria
Date Posted
22 Nov 2018

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PhD Program
Vienna Graduate School of Population Genetics

PhD positions in Population Genetics

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Wien, Austria
22 Nov 2018

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Position Description

Over the past years, Vienna has developed into one of the leading centres of population genetics. The Vienna Graduate School of Population Genetics has been founded to provide a training opportunity for PhD students to build on this excellent on site expertise.

We invite applications from highly motivated and outstanding students with a background in one of the following disciplines: bioinformatics, statistics, evolutionary genetics, functional genetics, theoretical and experimental population genetics. Students from related disciplines, such as physics or mathematics are also welcome to apply.

Topics include:
• Comparative population genomics in Drosophila species.
• Contribution of transposable elements to adaption during experimental evolution.
• Developing new statistical tools for the identification of adaptive QTLs.
• Evolution of gene expression.
• Evolution of phenotypic plasticity.
• Evolution of sex chromosomes in Drosophila species.
• Evolution of sperm competition in Drosophila.
• Functional characterization of adaptive QTLs.
• Maximum likelihood inference of population genetic parameters using genome-wide data from nearly neutral sites.
• Sex-specific arms race between transposable elements and small RNAs.

Only complete applications (application form, CV, motivation letter, university certificates, indication of the two preferred topics in a single pdf) received by January 14, 2018 will be considered. Two letters of recommendation need to be sent directly by the referees. Accepted PhD students will receive a monthly salary based on currently EUR 2071 before tax according to the regulations of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF).

How to Apply

All information about the about available topics, the training program and the application procedure can be found at

Position Category: Medical & Biological Sciences. Position Type: PhD Program. Salary: €30'000 - €40'000.

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