PhD in ZUrich, Amphibian evolution ~

16 de julio de 2012

PhD in ZUrich, Amphibian evolution

Position for a PhD student, working with Josh Van Buskirk at the University
of Zurich in Switzerland

The project focuses on adaptation across a steep gradient in elevation. We
will establish replicate elevational transects from near the southernmost
edge of the distribution of the common frog in southern Switzerland to the
uppermost edge of its occurrence in the Alps. Fieldwork will involve
characterizing amphibian life history variation in nature and surveying
environmental conditions that define the gradient. Experimental work will be
aimed at understanding genetic, demographic, and selective factors affecting
adaptation to climate extremes. The position will be especially suitable for
you if you are interested in controls on the distributions of species,
limits to adaptation, and the importance of evolutionary responses to
climate change.

The project is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation for a period
of three years. You will participate in the graduate program in Evolutionary
Biology ( and will be a member of a
large and interactive group of evolutionary ecologists working on
conservation, population genetics, and demography in a variety of organisms.

Qualifications: Equivalent of a masters degree in biology, and strong
professional interests in evolutionary biology, molecular ecology,
conservation, or landscape ecology. Experience with molecular methods is an

Application: Please send to the address listed below (i) a letter describing
your interest in this position and your previous research experience
(masters, RA positions, etc.), (ii) your CV, and (iii) names and contact
information of two references. If possible, please email your application as
a single PDF document. I will begin screening candidates right away, and the
position could begin in fall or winter.

Josh Van Buskirk
Evolutionary Biology & Environmental Studies
University of Zurich
CH-8057 Zurich, Switzerland

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