Doctorado genético con rayas en Sudáfrica ~

1 de marzo de 2019

Doctorado genético con rayas en Sudáfrica

*Graduate position: PhD Studentship on population bottleneck of batoids caught in the KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board Bather Protection Programme, South Africa.*

KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board ( invites applications for a
full-time PhD position to investigate genetic bottleneck in three batoid
species (diamond ray *Gymnura natalensis*, flapnose ray *Rhinoptera
javanica *and spotted eagle ray *Aetobatus narinari*) along the east coast
of South Africa. The position is funded by the National Research Foundation
(NRF) for a maximum of three years (2019-2021) and is available
immediately. Although the NRF gives preference to local applicants,
students from outside of South Africa are encouraged to apply and will be
selected if they are clearly more qualified than any local applicants,
particularly if one or more of the following criteria apply: a) a
distinction in their previous degree (e.g. MSc *cum laude*); b) experience
with microsatellites or next-generation sequencing applications and c) at
least one publication in a reputable scientific journal.

This project is part of a multidisciplinary collaboration including Drs
Kolobe Mmonwa and Matt Dicken (KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board), Prof Peter
Teske (University of Johannesburg) and Dr Aletta-Bester van der Merwe
(Stellenbosch University). The student will be based at the University of
Johannesburg or Stellenbosch University for the duration of the project,
with occasional visits to the KwaZulu-Natal Shark Board. There will be no
sampling trips, as all genetic samples have already been collected.

Remuneration is R (ZAR) 120 000 per year (NRF). A short summary of the
project is included below. Interested students should please send a single
email to all the following addresses:,
and Please include a short letter of motivation (max. 1
page) in which you outline relevant interests and skills, a short CV, and
contact details of at least 3 referees (one of which should be your most
recent supervisor or line manager).

*Summary:* The KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board deploys shark nets to protect
bathers against shark attacks at 32 popular beaches along the KwaZulu-Natal
coast. Demographic analyses using catch data between 1979-2015 found that
catches of two of the batoids commonly caught as bycatch in the nets were
declining, which may be attributed to both the nets and to fisheries
operating in the western Indian Ocean. This project aims to investigate
genetic signals of population bottleneck of three batoids using
next-generation sequencing methods. The scientific knowledge produced will
be crucial in providing an objective evaluation of the impact of shark nets
and other factors on batoid population size.

*Dr KLM Mmonwa*
PhD (Marine Biology)
Tel: +27 (0) 31 566 0400
Cell: +27 (0) 76 569 6373
FaxtoMail: 086 560 2927

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