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PhD Position in Evolutionary Population Ecology: Dynamics of immigration, inbreeding and fitness in song sparrows

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Monday, May 20, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

Population and evolutionary dynamics depend critically on the outcomes of dispersal events among sub-populations, and resulting spatial movements of individuals and genes. Immigration and resulting genetic introgression can increase sub-population fitness by alleviating local inbreeding (i.e. ‘genetic rescue’), but can also decrease sub-population fitness by introducing alleles that are locally maladaptive (i.e. ‘immigration load’). Yet, it remains unclear how such effects can work together to increase or decrease the chance of local population persistence in the short-term and the longer-term.

The PhD project will involve sophisticated statistical analysis of existing long-term field data, and theory development using mathematical and/or simulation approaches. There will be opportunities to participate in fieldwork and further research training in Canada and Switzerland. The project would suit a highly motivated and numerate student with enthusiasm for confronting evolutionary theory with field data. Full training in key aspects of the project, and associated transferable skills, will be provided. The position provides an excellent opportunity for students who wish to qualify for future work in research positions.

The student will work with Professors Jane Reid and Henrik Jensen at NTNU, with strong collaborative links with Professor Peter Arcese and Dr Pirmin Nietlisbach (University of British Columbia, Canada), and Professor Lukas Keller (University of Zurich, Switzerland).

Qualification requirements

We seek candidates who have a strong academic record and interests in quantitative evolutionary ecology and/or population biology, of any nationality and country of educational origin. The qualification requirement is completion of a master’s degree or second degree (equivalent to 120 credits) in biology or equivalent education, with a grade of B or better in terms of NTNU’s grading scale. Applicants with no letter grades from previous studies must have an equally good academic foundation. Applicants who are unable to meet these criteria may be considered only if they can document that they are particularly suitable candidates for education leading to a PhD degree.

How to apply

Please submit your application electronically via jobbnorge.no with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applicants invited for interview must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters. Applicants from universities outside Norway are kindly requested to include a Diploma Supplement or a similar document, which describes in detail the study and grade system and the rights for further studies associated with the obtained degree.

Publications and other academic works that the applicant would like to be considered in the evaluation must accompany the application. Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify the individual applicant's contribution to joint works, the applicant must include a brief description of his or her contribution.

Please refer to the application number NV-42/19 when applying.

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