Announcement about recruitment to the Poznań Doctoral School of Institutes of the Polish Academy of...

Updated: 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 24 Sep 2021

  • Position type: doctoral student

  • Number of vacancies: 1

  • Discipline: biological sciences

  • Application deadline: 24/09/2021

  • Detailed information about recruitment process can be found on the website: and

  • Research topic: Genetic variation of Scots pine ecotypes in Poland and its evolutionary and forest management implications following environmental changes

  • Principal Investigator / Research group: prof. Witold Wachowiak, Department of Genetics and Environmental Interactions

  • Project Description:

  • The project aims a detailed analysis of the genetic variability of the Scots pine populations. This species is one of the most important forest trees of great ecological and economic importance in Europe and Asia. Populations of this species from different environments show special features of heritable phenotypic and physiological traits, creating local ecotypes best suited to given environmental conditions. The project will investigate the distribution of genetic variation in the most valuable native Scots pine breeding ecotypes in Poland. A series of genetic analyzes will be used to compare the data with the variability of the same genetic markers in reference populations representative of the species distribution range in Europe and Asia. The project will test a number of research hypotheses looking at the impact of selection and population history factors on the variability of the native ecotypes of the species and reference populations, which are likely to have contributed to the emergence of Polish pine stands during the post-glacial population migration.

    The research will use a number of genetic markers in the mitochondrial and nuclear DNA regions, the latest achievements in the field of high-throughput genotyping of DNA polymorphic sites and a different analytical methods related to population genetics and genomics in comparative analyzes of the genetic variability of several dozen populations of this species. The research will provide a detailed genetic characterization of the existing resources of Scots pine in Poland. In particular, it will help to understand the processes that influence distribution of genetic variation across phenotypically and ecologically diverse populations, and define genetic relationships between ecotypes. Information about genetic relationships between ecotypes is necessary to better predict the likely responses of populations to changing environmental conditions and to develop effective strategies for the protection and management of the most valuable populations of Scots pine in Poland, which are strongly influenced by ongoing environmental changes.

    The tasks of the PhD student will include preparation of biological material for genetic research, PCR analysis, development of new markers and genotyping of mtDNA variants, amplification and analysis of microsatellite markers, preparation of samples for high-throughput genotyping of SNPs, genetic analysis of the data for various types of markers at each stage of the research and summary of the results and their publication. We expect that the research results will be published in high quality journals, will form the basis for the preparation of a doctoral dissertation, and will also be presented at scientific conferences dedicated to the undertaken research topic. It is planned that the PhD student will participate in at least two international scientific conferences.

    We offer the opportunity to work in an experienced research team focused on the analysis of neutral and adaptive processes shaping the genetic variability of natural population. We provide support in carrying out works based on the latest research achievements and our experience in publishing research results in high quality journals. We create an atmosphere of good cooperation, the possibility of a wide exchange of ideas and scientific development of the person involved in research in our team.

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