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Adaptation to drought-induced nutritional stress in butterflies

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Project Description

Competitive three year full time studentship in the Department of Biological and Medical Sciences

Research Project Title : Adaptation to drought-induced nutritional stress in butterflies


Main supervisor Dr Casper Breuker


Eligibility: Only open to UK/EU applicants (who must be permanently resident in UK/EU)

Start date: 19th September 2016

Bursary: £14057 pa for academic year 2016/17 & fees

Closing date: 21st February 2016



Applicants should be of the highest quality and capable of submitting a PhD thesis within 3 years. Requirement a good Honours degree (2.1 or equivalent).

EU applicants must have a valid IELTS Academic test certificate minimum score level 6 in each of the four areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking with overall minimum score 7.0 issued since the 23rd April 2015 by an approved test centre please see web site below. Or an undergraduate degree awarded by a recognised UK university within the last two years.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-applying-for-uk-visa-approved-english-language-tests

Project summary:

The overall aim of the PhD project is to establish for butterflies whether within-generation body size plasticity in response to drought-induced nutritional stress is adaptive, and whether it hinders or facilitates (through genetic assimilation) local adaptation. The focus will be on body size as this is a key trait, which mediates population persistence through effects on individual fecundity and survival, and is known to be impacted by drought. The project combines butterfly evolutionary ecology with evolutionary developmental biology (see also: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Casper_Breuker), and among the techniques to be used are qPCR, transcriptomics, and morphometrics


As part of your training you will be required to assist in demonstrating on undergraduate practicals during semesters without further remuneration.

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Further information on the project e-mail Dr Casper Breuker e-mail address [email protected]

How to apply

Please complete the Application Form, which you can download from

http://www.hls.brookes.ac.uk/images/research/phd-studentship-application-form-jan-14.doc


With your application please enclose a CV and scanned copy of your degree certificates and transcripts and letter from awarding body plus two signed academic references. Additionally if appropriate a valid IELTS Academic test score certificate.

Please carefully note that applications only accepted by e-mail to the following address:
[email protected]



PLEASE NOTE YOU MUST NOT SEND ANY QUERIES , APPLICATION, CV OR SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION via FINDAPHD

Funding Notes

Start date: 19th September 2016

Bursary: £14057 pa for academic year 2016/17 & fees

Closing date: 21st February 2016

Requirement a good Honours degree minimum 2.1 from a UK university or acceptable equivalent from a recognised university.

EU applicants must have a valid IELTS Academic test certificate minimum score level 6 in each of the four areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking with overall minimum score 7.0 issued since the 23rd April 2015 by an approved test centre please see web site below. Or an undergraduate degree awarded by a recognised UK university within the last two years.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-applying-for-uk-visa-approved-english-language-tests

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