[MARMAM] PhD position in Dolphin Evolutionary Ecology, Museum and Institute of Zoology, Poland
Andre E. Moura
avmoura at miiz.waw.pl
Wed Jun 10 06:23:03 PDT 2020
Dear Marmam subscribers,
A fully-funded PhD position is available in a project integrating
functional genomics and 3D skull shape modelling of bottlenose dolphins
globally. The project is led by Dr Andre E. Moura at the Museum and
Institute of Zoology of the Polish Academy of Sciences, whose research
group is focused on cetacean ecology and evolution. The research group
is based at the Research Station of the Museum and Institute of Zoology
(MIZ), Polish Academy of Sciences in Gdańsk – Górki Wschodnie.
The successful candidate will be enrolled as a PhD student in the
Bioplanet Doctoral School of the Polish Academy of Sciences, with
starting date of October 1st 2020 (application to the Doctoral School is
required, and attendance of the required oral entry exam). A tax-free
stipend is available for the 4 years of the PhD and is not extendible.
The stipend is sufficient to cover life expenses of a single person and
ensures a good standard of life in Poland. The School does not charge
tuition fees, and includes mandatory and optional classes for PhD
students, which are run in English. Travelling from Gdańsk to Warsaw
will be required to attend the classes.
The project involves collaboration with international institutions,
including the Smithsonian Museum (Washington, USA) and the National
Museum for Nature and Science (Tokyo, Japan), and will likely require
travelling to museums worldwide for data collection (funding is
provided). This includes a 3 month stay in Japan for data collection and
learning of 3D modelling techniques (will require funding application to
relevant scheme). We are mindful that travelling might be disturbed
under the current Covid19 situation, and any decisions regarding
travelling for this project will take the situation into account as it
How to Apply:
A list of the required qualifications/skills can be found at the end of
this email. To apply an email message with the subject “Application for
PhD position in dolphin evolutionary ecology” should be sent to
avmoura at miiz.waw.pl no later than 03/07/2020, and including the
1. Copy of the master's or bachelor's certificate if the master's degree
is still ongoing.
2. Curriculum vitae including the publication list, with the following
statement provided at the end and signed:
“I give my consent to the processing of personal data provided in my
application documents by the Museum and Institute of Zoology PAS for the
purpose of the recruitment process, pursuant to the Personal Data
Protection Act of 10 May 2018 (Journal of Laws 2018, item 1000) and in
agreement with Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and
of the Council of 27 April 2016 on the protection of natural persons
with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement
of such data, and repealing Directive 95/46/EC (General Data Protection
Regulation; L 119 from 04.05.2016)”.
Applications that do not include this statement won't be considered.
3. Motivation letter (maximum one page)
4. If available, a copy of one research paper to be evaluated in the
recruitment process. If this is not available, a copy of undergraduate
or Master thesis is acceptable.
5. Contact details of two persons who can be contacted for references.
The interviews of shortlisted candidates will take place in early July,
and will be held by teleconference (Skype, Zoom, etc.). Interviews in
person at the Research Station in Gdańsk – Górki Wschodnie are possible,
but only if it is logistically feasible and safe to do so. Informal
inquiries can also be addressed to Andre Moura.
Candidates can have a background in biology, zoology, bioinformatics, or
related fields. The candidate must have a master's degree completed at
the time of registration at the doctoral school. Authorship in
peer-review publications as a first author is highly valued. The
following essential criteria must be met:
1. Masters degree in biology or other relevant fields
2. Self-motivated character
3. Willingness to learn new methodologies
4. Highly organised and capable of independent work
5. Willingness to travel during the PhD studies
6. Ability to communicate with a multi-disciplinary team;
In addition, the following criteria will be favoured:
7. First authorship in peer-review publications
8. Experience with morphological analyses
9. Experience with genetic analyses
10. Knowledge of cetacean biology
11. Experience working in an international team.
The research at the MIZ is focused on a broad range of themes in animal
biology, including systematics, biogeography, evolutionary biology,
ecology and population genetics. Andre Moura’s research group is part of
the Laboratory of the Molecular and Biometric Techniques led by Prof.
Wieslaw Bogdanowicz, grouping researchers focused on population
genetics, phylogeography and evolutionary genomics of a broad range of
animal taxa. MIZ laboratories contain modern equipment for genomic
analyses, including Pacific Biosciences RSII long-read sequencer and
Illumina MiSeq System. The state-of-the-art ancient DNA laboratory
carries out work on mammalian palaeogenetics. The Museum’s zoological
collection is among the largest and most valuable in Europe.
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