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We invite applications for a 3-year PhDposition on the evolution of eusociality in wasps. We will focus on theco-option and modification of the hormonal and reproductive cycles that werepresent in solitary species during the evolution of primitive and advancedeusocial wasp species. Specifically, we will compare European andBrazilian primitively and advanced eusocial species of wasps with closelyrelated solitary ones to test whether and how endocrine JH (juvenile hormone) cycles in pre-social ancestors regulatedreproduction, reproductive signalling and division of labour. The PhDcandidate will investigate these questions using behavioural experiments,chemical analyses, and molecular analyses.

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