Ph.D. scholarship in Ecological Parasitology ~

8 de julio de 2011

Ph.D. scholarship in Ecological Parasitology

The Biology departement of the Faculty of Sciences has an opening available (closing date 7th August 2011) for a full-time

The Evolutionary Ecology Group has a long tradition in fundamental and applied population biology of vertebrates, with a particular emphasis on patterns and processes of dispersal and gene flow. A major interest of the group is the spatial ecology of host-parasite interactions and infectious diseases. This PhD project focuses on transmission mechanisms and population structure of nidicolous ticks in relation to the ecology and spatial behaviour of their avian hosts. The project is tightly linked to a long-term population study of hole-breeding great and blue tits. The study combines molecular approaches (microsatellite analyses, molecular host identification) with laboratory and field observations on behaviour and ecology of parasites as well as hosts.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and highly motivated student with a strong interest in Ecological Parasitology. Candidates should have a Master degree in Biology or an equivalent degree in life sciences with a sufficient background in population ecology, evolutionary biology and parasitology. Candidates should have excellent study grades. Students in their graduation year can also apply.

We offer a Ph.D. scholarship for two years, with one possible extension of two years after a positive evaluation. Starting date is 1st October or November 2011. Applications shoquld be done using the mandatory online application form. More information can be found at*VACATURES&n=3D26394&ct=3Dc025734&e=3D268736

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