Field assistants: Volunteer positions in evolutionary biology ~

7 de marzo de 2012

Field assistants: Volunteer positions in evolutionary biology

The Barton group (Evolutionary genetics) at IST Austria requires
volunteers to assist with field work on plant speciation in the Pyrenees
(Spain) this coming summer (May-July).

The project: We are studying the evolutionary dynamics underlying
species diversification in the genus Antirrhinum (snapdragons). Several
major loci have been identified that underlie interspecific variation in
flower colour, which is the thought to be a primary driver of species
diversification in snapdragons. We are using a range of ecological,
molecular and population genetic studies to further investigate the
dynamics underlying the speciation process in a hybrid zone between
species with different flower colours. This is a great opportunity for
anybody looking to obtain experience in field work relating to
evolutionary biology, plant ecology and plant-animal interactions. You
will also be part of a large multidisciplinary team including
researchers from IST Austria (Vienna), John Innes Centre (Norwich, UK)
and the University of Toulouse.

For these positions we are looking for hard working and enthusiastic
biology students with a strong interest in working in the field with
plants. We require people willing to work ~6 days a week with
potentially long days in the field. Some evening work may be required.
You must also be comfortable working as part of a team. Familiarly with
Spanish and a driver's license is preferred but not essential.

We require assistance between mid May and early July. Length of stay is
flexible but a minimum stay of 3 weeks is required.

The field site is located close to the town of Planoles in the Eastern
Pyrenees of Northern Spain. It is easy to get to by train from Barcelona
(~2 hours). The hybrid zone are located at ~1200m altitude in open
forest and all daily transport will be covered.

Food, accommodation and travel (within Europe) are covered. However, we
cannot offer any further pay.

How to apply? Please send a statement of your background, CV, why you
are interested and the length of time you would be available to:

Dr. David Field
Postdoctoral Fellow
Barton Group
IST Austria
AM Campus 1
Klosterneuburg 3400
Phone: +432243 9000 3008

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