We seek a highly motivated student interested in evolutionary ecology to carry out a PhD project in the
Population Ecology Lab, Faculty of Biology, A. Mickiewicz University (AMU) in Poznań, Poland, under the
supervision of Dr. hab. Anna Skoracka. The position is a part of an OPUS project funded by the National Science
Centre (NCN) and will be conducted in cooperation with the Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental
Changes, University of Lisbon, Portugal.
The title of the project: "A bidirectional selection experiment to test the evolution of specialization and
dispersal in the invasive wheat curl mite, Aceria tosichella".
The goal of the project is to understand the evolutionary interplay between host specialization and dispersal.
Specifically, we will investigate how evolution in constant or changing environments shapes the host range and
dispersal ability of an invasive plant-feeding mite.
The PhD student is expected to carry out field work in agricultural landscapes in Poland (1st year), then to
conduct selection experiments, assess dispersal efficiency, maintain mite stock colonies, measure population
parameters, contribute to laboratory molecular analyses, participate in scientific discussions and write
We offer a position for 3 years (renewable each year) and a friendly, supportive working environment. The
scholarship is ~3000 PLN/month (~700 EUR/month, which allows for a reasonable standard of living in Poland).
Applicants should have:
• a Master of Science degree in Biological Sciences (biology, ecology, zoology, biochemistry, etc.);
• interest in ecology and evolutionary biology;
• English language skills (fluent communication, both written and spoken);
• organizational skills, self-reliance, willingness to learn, smooth and productive cooperation within a team.
Additionally, prior scientific activity (e.g. articles, conferences, fellowships) is desirable.
Applications should include: motivation letter, CV including research experience and publication
list, reference contacts to 2 researchers, and a scan of University diploma. Please send your application as soon
as possible to: email@example.com and include “PhD position” in the e-mail subject line, no later than
15 March 2017.
Selected candidates will be invited for an interview (in person or via Skype). The successful applicant will then
apply to the AMU Faculty of Biology as a PhD candidate following the standard procedure.
If you have any questions regarding this position please feel free to contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org
More information about the project and our research group can be found here:
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