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Sexual differences in insect longevity: experimental and meta-analytic approaches

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  • Full or part time
    Dr Michal Knapp
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Project Description


The candidate should have a strong background in evolutionary biology and/or insect life histories, have experience in R language (knowledge on meta-analytic tools are welcome), have at least basic experience with laboratory rearing of insects and be fluent in English.


Evolutionary drivers of insect life span are not well understood. This research collates available data on insect life span and examines its relationship to various species traits. Specifically, we are interested in sex differences in insect life span and the mechanisms underlying these differences. The research combines meta-analytic studies using published data and experimental studies based on original laboratory experiments. Laboratory experiments will focus on life span comparison in ladybirds in a phylogenetic framework and sex-specific effects of mating regime on life span.

How to apply

Please send your full application as a single PDF document (up to 10 MB) by email to Michal Knapp ([Email Address Removed]). The document should include:
- The research topic you are applying for
- Cover letter describing your motivation and your qualification for the research topic (up to 1 page)
- List of 7 scientific papers that you consider as the most inspiring for the research topic (the selection is completely up to you) + short comment to each paper (3-4 sentences) describing WHY it is so inspiring/influential for you.
- Your CV (up to 1 page)
- Copy of your Diploma + Diploma supplement (Transcript of records) or date of defence of your thesis. If the thesis resulted into a manuscript of scientific paper, please attach it as well.
- Contact details of your diploma thesis supervisor. You can also include the evaluation of your thesis (if it is already defended).

Questions/more details

Please, visit our website for information about PhD studies at the Faculty. For more information, do not hesitate to contact Petra Kadlecova [Email Address Removed] (questions related to the administrative process) or Michal Knapp [Email Address Removed] (details about research topics.

Selection of candidates

In the first round, your motivation and qualification for the research topic will be evaluated on the basis of your application. The results of the first round will be announced as soon as possible and the candidates selected for the second round will have an interview (personal or via Skype).

Funding Notes

The Insect Ecology Group is looking for highly motivated PhD students to join their research team. The principal topics of the research group are insect ecology, evolution, conservation and ecophysiology. Candidates with similar a background and interests will be prioritised. We offer fully funded positions covering up to 4 years of study. The PhD students will be rewarded with a monthly net income of 14,000-25,000 CZK (the income will increase in the course of the study), which fully covers a student life in Prague (for comparison, the median gross salary in Czechia is ca. 28,000 CZK per month).


The Faculty of Environmental Science (FES) is the leading body of university education, research, development and expert activities in the environmental - ecological field. At FES we are open to new ideas and will not hesitate to support promising projects and their young researchers. We understand the needs of doctoral students, and we therefore offer them a wide range of professional support:
• scholarship system based on student performance, including rewards for publishing,
• possibility of financing projects from faculty resources and the university grant agency,
• reimbursement of costs associated with publishing scientific outputs,
• financial participation of faculty for active participation in conferences,
• a rich offer of internships and study trips,
• accommodation in dormitories on the university campus,
• free access to specialized databases (Web of Science, etc.),
• use of excellently-equipped laboratories and state of the art scientific equipment and software.

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