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PhD position available in the Prud'homme lab: Aix Marseille University (France)
Evolution of egg laying site choice in Drosophila
We are looking for a PhD student to study the evolution of egg laying
site selection in Drosophila. While most fruitflies species use
decaying plant or fruit substrates to lay their eggs, some species have
evolved a preference for ripe fruit substrates. One of these species is
Drosophila suzukii, an invasive species that causes severe damage to
the fruit industry in many countries.
The goal of the project is to peer into the genetic and neuronal
mechanisms involved in the selection of egg laying site in Drosophila,
and the changes responsible for the evolution of this innate behavior
in Drosophila suzukii. The approaches we are using to tackle this
question include behavioral tests and functional (genetic)
manipulations in an inter-species comparative context.
The project is funded by the A*MIDEX foundation, supported by the
Initiative of Excellence at the Aix-Marseille University (AMU). The PhD
position is funded for 3 years and should start in September or October
2015. The position is exclusively for students outside the AMU.
Please send applications, including a motivation letter, a CV, a
description of research experience and interests, and contact
information for 2-3 references to: 
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Applicants with a background in Drosophila behavior /genetics/
chemosensory biology will be considered favorably.
Our lab is part of the Institute of Developmental Biology of Marseille
(IBDM), an interdisciplinary research center studying developmental
biology and neurobiology. More information about the lab and the
institute can be found here : ( http://www.prudhommelab.com/
www.ibdm.univ-mrs.fr /  )
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