2014 PhD Student Position in Animal Ecology at Stockholm University, Sweden

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Stockholm University is inviting applications for PhD student position in Animal Ecology at the Department of Zoology. The PhD studies include 48 months of full-time studies with employment as PhD student. The salary starts at 23.700SEK/month. To be qualified for research studies in animal ecology the applicant must have completed a research degree .. Stockholm University is seeking a highly motivated PhD student with an interest in evolutionary ecology to take part of the research project “Epigenetic inheritance and its evolutionary consequences on the genetic architecture of complex traits”, with financial support from the Swedish Research Council. The project aims to investigate central biological questions on how non-genetic (e.g. “epigenetic”) parental effects influence the expression of complex traits. Such epigenetic effects may be induced by, for example, environmental conditions or the interactions between the nuclear DNA and the cytoplasmic DNA. Understanding epigenetic effects has implications for core evolutionary processes such as heritability, maintenance of genetic variation and speciation. Still, we have only a rudimentary understanding of how evolutionary processes are affected by these epigenetic effects. Using two study systems (Drosophila and Poeciliid fishes) and combining experimental manipulations with molecular methods the project will explore how non-genetic parental effects can be caused by either the cytoplasmic DNA or environmental conditions. The project also aims at investigating the inheritance of these epigenetic effects, and how they affect evolutionary processes – an important and exciting field in biology. The PhD project involves experiments, molecular lab-work and statistical analysis..  Scholarship will be available for PhD level of study.
The research areas of this scholarship are:  Scholarship is awarded in the field of Animal Ecology .
Who can apply to this scholarship?  To be qualified for research studies in animal ecology the applicant must have completed a research degree (e.g. Master’s), or have passed at least 120 hp (2 years) of biological studies, including an approved independent project of at least 30 hp at advanced level (“examensarbete”) within ecology or a related subject. Applicants, who have in principle acquired the corresponding competence in Sweden, or abroad, are also qualified.
Benefits of the scholarship: The salary starts at 23.700SEK/month.
More information about the fellowship:
Duration:  The PhD studies include 48 months of full-time studies with employment as PhD student. 
Number of scholarships: Not Known

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