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Graduate Position: University of Parma (Italy), Phd in Baboon Population Genomics

Department of Chemistry, Life Sciences and Environmental Sustainability (SCVSA)

Applications accepted all year round Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Three year PhD position to study baboon (Papio) population genomics at the Department of Chemistry, Life Sciences and Environmental Sustainability (SCVSA), University of Parma (Italy) (, under the supervision of Prof. Cristian Capelli.

The project aims at investigating the evolutionary history of baboon populations using available and newly generated genomic data comprising high and low coverage whole genome sequences and faecal/salivary metagenomic data. Given the nature of the project applicants will be expected to have previous experience in the handling of genomic data within a population genomic context (including reads mapping and variants calling) and use of high-performance computational clusters.

The call for applicants is expected to open in Spring 2021 and the PhD will begin in Autumn 2021. Interested candidates fulfilling the indicate criteria are strongly advised to contact Prof. Capelli to discuss the project (email: ). Please send a copy of your CV and a motivation letter explaining why you are interested in the project and how your past experience is relevant for its realisation.

The PhD is part of the Doctorate program in Biotechnology and Biosciences, which focuses on the study of the function, organisation and regulation of the genomes of microorganisms, animals and plants. The program recruits every year about 10 students and is one of the doctoral programs offered by the SCVSA department.

The SCVSA department has been recognised Department of Excellence (2018-2022) by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MUR), receiving 9 million euro of dedicated funding.

University of Parma is one of the oldest in the world, originally founded in 962 by Emperor Ottonian. The University holds 9 Departments, 40 First Cycle Degree Courses, 6 Single Cycle Degree Courses, 46 Second Cycle Degree Courses (7 of which entirely held in English), as well as many Postgraduate schools, Teacher Training courses, several Master Programmes and PhDs. The size of the University (27,000 students, with more than 5,000 graduates per year and about 1,700 faculty and staff members), together with the quality of life in Parma has always attracted a large number of students from all over Italy. More than two-thirds of our registered students come from outside of Parma and its Province: for this reason the University deserves top ranking for attracting the most non-resident students nationwide.

Many facilities are available to students to enhance the quality of their studies and university life, including, language courses at the Foreign Language Centre, and many sports activities run by the University of Parma CUS, which offers courses in a number of disciplines in a wide range of structures - a swimming pool, athletics tracks, tennis courts, football pitches, a golf course, basketball courts, rugby pitches, etc.

Parma, the hometown of the famous Italian music composers Giuseppe Verdi and Arturo Toscanini, is located in the Emilia-Romagna region, in the North of Italy. The city hosts several famous historical buildings (the Renaissance Teatro Farnese among the others) and is placed within the beautiful Parma valley, also known as the “Food Valley” for its world-wide renowned gastronomic products.  

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