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Conservation Genomics and Epigenomics of Fragmented and Declining Populations

Project Description

We are looking for a bright candidate for one PhD position associated with the project: “The evolutionary potential of fragmented and declining populations”.
This project aims to integrate adaptive genomic and epigenomic information from wild, captive and reintroduced populations to identify evolutionary potential across different life-histories and levels of habitat fragmentation. It capitalizes on valuable knowledge and genomic resources for Australian freshwater fishes, including a rare opportunity from a natural experiment of evolution. It is expected that the project will address fundamental and applied questions about the adaptive capacity of populations in their natural environment. The ingenuity to make this project successful is based on unique features of our study system and on strong collaboration between two teams with international leadership in conservation genomics and evolution of fishes.

* The PhD position relates to the epigenomic component of this broader research program, which has been funded by a Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery project (grant DP190102533).

The successful applicant will have a strong interest in ecology, evolution and natural history. She/he will join an international team to study adaptation to environmental change using ecological genomic approaches. 
The student will be supervised by Prof Luciano Beheregaray and will be based at the MELFU, the Molecular Ecology Lab at Flinders University (Adelaide). She/he will be co-supervised by Prof Louis Bernatchez at Université Laval (Quebec). The team also includes collaborators from MELFU, University of Canberra and other institutions with experience in field- and lab-based research on ecological and evolutionary genomics, natural selection and conservation management. 

Applicants should e-mail a letter summarizing research interests and experience along with a CV including the names, addresses and e-mails of three referees.

Preferred starting date is January 2020 (earlier dates will be considered).

Additional information about our lab and research program can be found in our website:

Funding Notes

The ideal candidate will hold a First Class Honours degree (or equivalent such as MSc) and have prior experience in related research areas, such as population genetics and/or population genomics. Prior experience with bioinformatics of next-generation sequence data would be an advantage, but is not essential.

The candidate will be expected to apply for and obtain a PhD scholarship at Flinders University.

NOTE FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: Flinders University has very competitive PhD scholarships for non-domestic students and only applicants with strong track record (>4 peer-reviewed papers) are encouraged to apply.

Annual full-time scholarship stipend is $27,596 tax-free.

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