[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 
following documents:

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.

Research environment

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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