The Department of Plant Biotechnology and Bioinformatics (WE09) at Ghent University is inviting applications for a PhD student. The position is being offered 4 years, ERC funded, studentship in the Van de Peer Lab in Bioinformatics and evolutionary genomic at the VIB-UGent center for plant systems biology. The PhD student will conduct academic research (full-time) in the field of evolution and evolutionary genomics.
About the project:
The project has three components:
- Creating neoautopolyploid duckweed lineages with different genetic backgrounds
- Testing the immediate effects of WGD on the survival, fitness and the phenotype (and its plasticity) of duckweed in different environments, and testing whether different environments favour different ploidy levels
- Evolutionary genomics of polyploid Spirodela polyrhiza, we will follow genomic stabilisation, transcriptional dynamics and proteomic changes after WGD.
- Applicant must hold a master’s degree in Biology, Bio-Technology, Bio-Engeneering (or equivalent) or will have obtained this degree by the start of appointment in January 2020.
- A strong interest in evolutionary biology is required and experience in both empirical research and bioinformatics are preferred.
- Candidate should be dedicated to carrying out long-term multidisciplinary research which involves regular maintenance of duckweed cultures, some molecular work, as well as evolutionary genomic analyses.
- Basic knowledge of programming/scripting and statistics is required.
- Fluent English and good communication skills, oral and in writing, are essential.
How to apply
Application to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and application should include:
- Detailed CV
- A cover letter (max. 1 page, including an overview of study results and motivation to apply)
- Contact information of two referees.
- All documents should be merged into a single PDF.
|Subject areas||Biology, Bio-Technology, Bio-Engineering|
|Eligibility||Open to all nationalities|
|Deadline||1st October 2019|