PhD position in Wild Urban Evolutionary Ecology
A PhD position is available to work in the Wild Urban Evolution and Ecology Lab led by Marta Szulkin at the Centre of New Technologies (CeNT), University of Warsaw (Poland) for a period of 4 years. The position is part of a 5-year grant from the Polish National Science Centre (NCN) entitled: “Ecological genetics of the great tit in a new, long-term population study set along an urbanization gradient”. CeNT is a new research institute of the University of Warsaw. Both Polish and English are working languages in the group.
Background. Urban areas are predicted to expand 12-fold between 2000 and 2050, yet knowledge on the evolutionary ecology of free-living animals in urban environments is scarce. To understand the footprint of cities on the phenotype and genotype of wild birds, we will be starting a large-scale, long-term study of urban great tits Parus major in the city of Warsaw (Poland).
Job description. The PhD candidate will actively participate in fieldwork and in collecting phenotypic and genetic data. He or she will be interacting with the PI, the postdoctoral fellow, collaborators in Poland and worldwide, and attend relevant workshops and conferences. It is expected that the candidate will learn a large ecological genetics skill set that will allow him/her to infer the evolutionary ecology and / or population genomics of urban great tits. Salary: Monthly scholarship of 3000 PLN not subject to income tax, awarded for 4 years.
Job requirements. We seek motivated candidates with an MSc degree, a strong interest in evolutionary ecology and a good command of English. Desirable skills include experience in: ecological (avian) fieldwork, programming in R, population genetics, molecular lab, bird ringing.
How to apply. The candidate will start on the 4th of January 2016. For candidates in their final year of MSc studies: there is a possibility of PhD deferral until October 2016 and work in the project as field assistant during the 2016 field season (April-June). Your application should include (in PDF format): a cover letter, C.V. (including, if applicable, your research experience, conference attendance, publication list, contact information for two referees and academic transcripts. Please send your applications to email@example.com no later than the 23rd of November 2015 with the term “PhD position” as email subject line. Selected candidates will be asked for reference letters; top candidates will be invited for live interviews or via Skype.
The position is also detailed at http://www.cent.uw.edu.pl/pl/node/2813