[Arabidopsis] PhD position UppsalaU
(by Tanja.Slotte from ebc.uu.se)
Mon Mar 7 04:39:07 EST 2011
PhD position: Adaptive significance of regulatory changes in plants
A four-year PhD position is available at Uppsala University, Sweden,
in a Swedish Research Council funded project concerning regulatory
evolution in plants.
Changes in gene regulation have long been hypothesized to underlie
adaptive phenotypic evolution. In this project, we aim to test this
hypothesis and quantify the impact of natural selection on regulatory
sequences. The main study system will be the genus Capsella
(Brassicaceae), which offers an excellent opportunity to test
hypotheses on regulatory evolution in a setting where the timeframe of
speciation is well characterized (e.g. Foxe, Slotte et al. 2009. PNAS
106: 5241-5245; Guo et al. 2009. PNAS 106: 5246-5251). The project
will benefit from the forthcoming Capsella rubella genome sequence and
will involve a strong component of population genetic analysis and
gene expression studies using next-generation sequencing data that we
Within this project, we have an opening for a PhD student with a
strong background in evolutionary/population genetics and good
computational skills. Experience of large-scale sequence/gene
expression analysis and basic molecular genetic work/plant
experimental work is beneficial, but training can also be provided.
The position can start in the fall of 2011.
The student will be based at the Department of Evolutionary Biology (http://www.ebc.uu.se/Research/IEG/evbiol/
) at Uppsala University, in the group of Tanja Slotte (http://www.ebc.uu.se/Research/IEG/evbiol/research/Slotte/
). We are located in the Evolutionary Biology Centre (see http://www.ebc.uu.se/Research/)
, which forms an exciting arena for multidisciplinary research in
evolutionary biology. Graduate students can benefit from a centre-wide
graduate school (http://www.ebc.uu.se/education/postgrad/gradschool/).
Uppsala is a vibrant small Swedish city that offers rich opportunities
in cultural and outdoor activities and is strongly influenced by the
40 000 students living there. Sweden's capital Stockholm is less than
an hour's train ride away.
How to apply: Please send a CV, a statement of research interests
including motivation for PhD studies and for this topic (1-2 pages)
and the names and contact details of at least two references,
preferably in a single pdf file to Tanja Slotte
(Tanja.Slotte from ebc.uu.se).
Please feel free to contact Tanja Slotte (Tanja.Slotte from ebc.uu.se) for
Assistant Professor in Evolutionary Genetics
Department of Evolutionary Biology
Evolutionary Biology Centre
752 36 Uppsala
e-mail: Tanja.Slotte from ebc.uu.se
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