Oferta de doctorado sobre filogenética y filogeografía de petreles (Francia) ~ Bioblogia.net

7 de mayo de 2018

Oferta de doctorado sobre filogenética y filogeografía de petreles (Francia)

Open position: PhD fellowship on the phylogenetics & phylogeography of petrels

[application deadline: May 25, 2018]
The phylogeography of many seabird species remains poorly known. They are highly mobile organisms supposedly free from geographical barriers to dispersal, which should theoretically prevent population differentiation through isolation. However, population differentiation within a species can be significant despite high mobility (Friesen et al. 2007). Many species of seabirds are highly philopatric, partially or completely removing the effects of dispersion. Petrels (family Procellariidae) are among those species. Despite a large number ecological studies on petrels, little is known of their phylogenetic relationships and their phylogeography, and many taxonomic issues are yet to be resolved.
The overall objective of the proposed project is to study the phylogenetic and phylogeographic characteristics of the Procellariidae to better describe their current distribution, and attempt to characterize the population differentiation processes that took place among species in this family. From a large collection of field and museum samples (genetic samples of nearly 4,000 individuals from 44 different species; morphological data from 12,000 museum specimens already available) and behavioral data (vocalization data for most species), the aim of this PhD project will be to improve our understanding of procellariid evolution and biogeography by selecting a few emblematic case studies (eg. Speciation radiation in the genus Pterodroma; species complex or super species in either Pterodroma or Puffinus) and by expanding already available data sets. For instance, whether retained ancestral genetic variation is masking contemporary barriers to gene flow, and how past population bottleneck contribute to contemporary genetic structure, could be evaluated using coalescent-based methods. This work will be strongly anchored in conservation biology, since half of the petrel species are currently threatened.
A few relevant papers from our labs:
About the PhD co-advisors: 
V. Bretagnolle’s lab profile  | Scholar profile ; E. Pante’s lab profile | Scholar profile
About the Chizé Research Center and the University of La Rochelle:
The successful applicant with work with Vincent Bretagnolle at the “Centre d’Etudes Biologiques de Chizé” (CEBC) and Eric Pante at the “Littoral, Environnement et Sociétés” laboratory (LIENSs). The CEBC is a dynamic research environment focusing on the ecology of wild animals in their natural habitat; LIENSs is a one-of-a-kind multi-disciplinary lab which researchers (biologists, chemists, geologists, historians…) interact to better understand the littoral environment. Both are research units of the University of La Rochelle and the CNRS. For more information:
 Applicants should have:
  • a masters degree in a relevant field
  • experience with phylogenetics and phylogeography, and excellent background knowledge in evolutionary biology below, at, and above the species level
  • experience with molecular laboratory techniques
  • molecular work on museum samples will be a must
  • experience with NGS will be a must
We are looking for a highly motivated individual eager to work in a group setting, but capable of autonomous work. The envisioned project will make use of a unique collection of rare Petrel tissue samples, and we are therefore looking for someone skilled in the lab, tenacious, and able to trouble-shoot problems with museum samples.
How to apply:
Please send, as requested by the Graduate School at the University of La Rochelle:
  1. a filled and signed Graduate School Application form,
  2. a one-page cover letter specifying your professional goals,
  3. a CV with your publication record, a list of skills relevant to the project, and contact information for two academic references,
  4. a description of the training you obtained while a masters student, particularly in research (include key results; one page max),
  5. Diploma and transcripts from your Masters (diplôme et notes M1 et M2)
  6. a copy of your masters thesis and peer-reviewed publication(s) if you have any.
One or two letters of recommendation (one of which from your masters advisor) may be sent directly to us. Please send your application before May 25, 2018 to Eric Pante (pante[dot]eric-at-gmail[dot]com) and Vincent Bretagnolle (breta-at-cebc[dot]cnrs[dot]fr). Please contact us shall you have any question about the project.

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