[MARMAM] PhD position in Marine Evolution and Conservation (MarECon) at Groningen University in the Netherlands

Per J Palsboll p.j.palsboll at rug.nl
Tue Mar 27 03:36:20 PDT 2012

PhD position Marine Evolution and Conservation (1,0 fte) (Reference 
number 212075)


The PhD position is with the Marine Evolution and Conservation (MarECon) 
group at the Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Studies (CEES) which 
is placed with the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at the 
University of Groningen in the Netherlands. The research conducted by 
the members of MarECon is aimed at the evolution and conservation of 
pelagic marine organisms, in particular marine mammals. We are 
interested in those processes that partition genetic variation within 
those species that inhabit this comparatively open environment. Our 
primary research approach is population genetics and genomics. The 
research is conducted with a global network of collaborators who collect 
data and tissue samples in the field.

Job description

The pinnipeds and cetaceans represent some of the most derived mammal 
groups. The many convergent features in these two groups provide clear 
evidence of the strong natural selection the mammal "bauplan" is 
subjected to when transitioning to a marine existence. The combination 
of strong convergent evolution in different lineages of mammals 
constitutes an excellent opportunity to gain insights into the genomic 
underpinnings of the evolution and adaptation in pinnipeds and cetaceans 
and the subsequent radiations into different distinct marine habitats.

The objective of this PhD project is to utilize genome enabled methods 
to identify those traits under past and recent selection in pinnipeds 
and cetaceans. The research will mainly consist of genome wide-scans in 
select population samples and subsequent bioinformatics and population 
genomic analyses of those data. The newly fitted laboratory is situated 
in the new green building Linneausborg on the Zernike Campus with 
excellent facilities for this kind of work.

The PhD student will be supervised by Dr. Martine Bérubé and Prof. Per 


We are looking for a highly motivated person with a master's degree in 
biology or equivalent discipline, with a strong background in empirical 
and theoretical population genetics. The ideal candidate for this 
position has good quantitative skills and the ability to conduct 
bioinformatics analyses of the large amounts of short-read sequence 
data. Programming skills (or the interest and ability to acquire such) 
is a necessity. The candidate should be able to work and solve problems 
independently. Some knowledge of marine mammals is beneficial, but not a 
prerequisite. It should be noted that the opportunities for fieldwork 
will be few and brief. A good command of English is required. The 
candidate will be enrolled in Groningen Graduate School of Science, 
attend graduate courses within the Research School Ecology and Evolution 
and participate in our teaching program (10% of time).

Conditions of employment

The University of Groningen offers a salary of EUR 2,042 gross per month 
in the first year up to a maximum of EUR 2,612 gross per month in the 
final year. The employment is initially in a temporary position of 1.5 
years with possible extension with another 2.5 years provided 
satisfactory performance during the first year. The PhD candidate will 
be evaluated after the first year in order to determine the likelihood 
of the successful completion of the PhD thesis within the following 
three years. If a successful completion is deemed unlikely, the 
employment will not be extended. The main objective of the position is 
to publish research articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals. These 
publications will form the basis of the doctoral thesis and obtaining 
the PhD degree (Dr) at the University of Groningen.

A full complete application in English consists of a letter describing 
your personal motivation for applying for this position outlining which 
skills pertinent to the position you have, past experience as well as a 
brief explanation what you think the main research questions in 
evolution and conservation are today for marine mammals. Also make sure 
to add a complete curriculum vitae along with names and addresses, 
including telephone/fax and e-mail addresses for three referees.

We would like to receive applications until 15 May 2012, 24:00 CET by 
means of the application form.

Start date before 1 September 2012.


For information you can contact:
Dr. Per Palsboll, p.j.palsboll at rug.nl <mailto:p.j.palsboll at rug.nl>; 
palsboll at gmail.com <mailto:palsboll at gmail.com>

CEES <http://www.rug.nl/fmns-research/cees/index>

Applications should be submitted on-line at 
http://www.rug.nl/corporate/vacatures/vacaturesRUG(the reference number 
for this position is 212075) before May 15^th 2012.//


.pdf file attached

Per J. Palsboll, Professor

Marine Evolution and Conservation
Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Studies
University of Groningen
Nijenborgh 7
9747 AG Groningen
The Netherlands

Office phone: +31 50 363 9882
Mobile +31 64 870 3295

Mail address:
PO Box 11103
9700 CC Groningen
The Netherlands

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