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PhD position in Evolutionary Ecology and Functional Genomics at Bielefeld University

PhD position in Evolutionary Ecology and Functional Genomics at Bielefeld University

PhD position in Evolutionary Ecology and Functional Genomics

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One PhD position in evolutionary ecology and functional genomics is available at the Faculty of Biology at Bielefeld University in the Evolutionary Biology group (with PD Dr Tim Schmoll, see http://www.uni-bielefeld.de/(en)/biologie/Evolutionsbiologie in collaboration with the Department of Animal Behaviour (with Dr Peter Korsten, see http://www.uni-bielefeld.de/biologie/animalbehaviour). The position is available immediately for 36 months and is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) within the recently approved collaborative research centre (SFB/TRR 212) entitled: A Novel Synthesis of Individualisation across Behaviour, Ecology and Evolution: Niche Choice, Niche Conformance, Niche Construction (NC3).

 

The goal of this project (project B04 of the collaborative research centre) is to test how male Zebra Finches conform to their social niche as set by the prevailing level of sperm competition. This will allow us to understand how individual variation in sexual competition generates individual variation, and covariation, in both competitive traits and parenting behaviour. The successful candidate will closely work together with another PhD student to (i) quantify male social niche conformance by analysing adjustment ofsexual competitiveness including behavioural (e.g. aggression) and ejaculate (e.g. sperm motility) traits; (ii) identify the underlying mechanisms of social niche conformance on the hormonal (via endocrinological profiling) and the gene expression (via RNAseq) levels; (iii) assess the adaptive significance of niche conformance under a niche match/mismatch paradigm; and (iv) test for trade-offs between investment in sexual competitiveness versus paternal care. A sub-project A will primarily focus on male social niche conformance through adjustment of behavioural traits and the hormonal mechanisms underlying niche conformance. A sub-project B will primarily focus on male social niche conformance through adjustment of ejaculate traits and the gene expression underlying niche conformance.

Note that the position offered here is exclusively for sub-project B.


 

Review of applications will begin May 3rd 2018 and

continue until the position is filled.