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3 PhD Positions in Plant Phylo- and Biogeography

3 PhD Positions in Plant Phylo- and Biogeography

IPK Gatersleben, Germany

 

The positions will be within a joint project of groups from Osnabrück, Gatersleben, Vienna and Barnaul titled “Biogeographical dynamics of plant taxa and climate-landscape history of the Eurasian steppe belt: Genes documenting history” and provide the opportunity to earn a PhD degree.

The project’s tasks are to infer evidence for the onset and timing of western and eastern steppe vegetation, define origin and changes in the distribution of steppe habitats from the Miocene onwards, and locate refugia of steppe plants during the Quaternary climate oscillations. We will use methods of comparative molecular systematics and phylogeography, i.e. sequence analyses of multiple DNA loci inferred by traditional and next-generation sequencing methods in a set of 15 - 20 characteristic plant taxa. Although sets of materials of the study taxa are already available within the working groups, fieldwork has to be undertaken in certain areas of the steppe belt between Germany in the west and the Russian/Mongolian Altai Mountains in the east.
The three subprojects announced here will be hosted by Barbara Neuffer (Dept. of Botany, University of Osnabrück, Germany), Nikolai Friesen (Botanical Garden, University of Osnabrück. Germany) and Frank R. Blattner (IPK Gatersleben, Germany). Two additional subprojects are supervised by Karl-Georg Bernhardt (Inst. of Botany, BOKU Vienna, Austria) and Alexander I. Shmakov (Altai State University, Barnaul, Russia), respectively. Information regarding the institutes and working groups/PIs can be found on their homepages or through Research Gate.

We expect you to have a Master/Diploma in systematics or evolutionary biology, and a sound theoretical background in phylogenetic or population genetic methods with some lab experience in sequencing of genes and/or basic knowledge of scripting (e.g., R, Python, GIS) in a UNIX environment. The candidates should have a very cooperative way of working and be able to conduct extended fieldwork.

 

More information to be found here

Location: 
IPK Gatersleben, DE
Deadline: 
28/02/2017

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