PhD position in population genomics and adaptation in penguins

PhD position in population genomics and adaptation in penguins

We are looking for a highly motivated student interested in investigating the evolution of cold-adapted traits in the Emperor penguin using genomic, ecological and physiological data. The PhD position is provided by the Molecular Ecology group at the University of Padova (Unipd), Italy, but in close collaboration with the University of Ferrara (Unife), Italy, the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique/University of Strasbourg (CNRS-UniStra), Strasbourg, France and the Centre Scientifique de Monaco (CSM), Monaco.

The PhD student will be part of a stimulating, international and interdisciplinary network, acquiring expertise on population and adaptation genomics at Unife/Unipd and on ecology and physiology, including proteomics, at CNRS/CSM. The candidate must of course be willing to spend a substantial amount of her/his working time at these different institutions. The PhD student will also have the opportunity for direct sampling experiences in Antarctic and sub-Antarctic territories.

The supervision of the student will be shared by Celine Le Bohec at CNRS/CSM, Emiliano Trucchi and Giorgio Bertorelle at Unife, and Leonardo Congiu and Lorenzo Zane at Unipd. Please contact us for further details on the different aspects of the project.

The position is for three years. The net monthly salary offered by the Italian PhD programme is ca. 1,000 Euros. This salary is increased by 50% during the time spent at non-Italian partners.

Please, submit online your application before June, 17, 2016 (1 pm local time) at the web address: ("Dottorati di ricerca XXXII ciclo - a.a. 2016/17 / Call for admission to the PhD Courses 2016/17"). Follow the instructions and, in the online application form, select the PhD Course in “Biosciences” and the curriculum in “Evolution Ecology and Conservation”. Select the option with a scholarship but do not select any of the four available “temi vincolanti/research topics” at this stage. When preparing the cv to be uploaded in the system, start with a statement of interest where you specify the project you wish to apply to, that is “Genomics of extreme adaptations to life in the Antarctic”. For more details, please check at under the list of potential research projects and supervisors for 2016, clicking on " Evolution, Ecology and Conservation".

For further information on the application submission, please contact