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The positions form part of a group of 15 PhD students now being 
recruited to the EU-funded Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training 
Network BIG4 ( http://big4-project.eu/ ). The core of BIG4 is 
interdisciplinary, cutting-edge research on the diversity and evolution 
of the four largest insect orders: Hymenoptera, Diptera, Coleoptera, and 
Lepidoptera (Biosystematics, Informatics and Genomics of the 4 big 
insect groups).
 The program offers unique opportunities in terms of 
preparing students for an academic or a business career. The training 
will include secondment to other European labs in the network, and to 
small companies in the biotechnology and IT sector. The program also 
includes network-wide training events, and seeks to build student skills 
in creativity and innovation.
The two PhD student positions advertised here will be formally 
associated with the Department of Biology at Lund University, Sweden ( 
http://biology.lu.se/ ). The positions will be supervised by Niklas 
Wahlberg, who has recently been hired by Lund University as a Professor 
in Biological Systematics. The Wahlberg lab has a strong research 
tradition in Lepidoptera systematics and evolutionary biology ( 
http://www.nymphalidae.net/ ).
Position 1: Lepidoptera phylogenomics
The successful candidate for this position will be using Next Gen 
sequencing approaches to elucidate the phylogenetic relationships of 
several species rich groups of Lepidoptera. The project will be 
particularly focussed on retrieving large amounts of genetic information 
from museum specimens using similar approaches to those used in 
sequencing fossils. The student will work in the lab developing 
protocols, do bioinformatics on resulting sequences and analyze data 
using phylogenomic methods. Apply here: 
Position 2: Lepidoptera diversification dynamics
The successful candidate for this position will be estimating times of 
divergence for selected groups of Lepidoptera, in particular Noctuoidea 
and Geometroidea, and elucidating factors behind diversification of 
those clades. The candidate will be using the latest algorithms for 
finding correlations between diversification rates and factors such as 
host plant use and historical biogeography. Apply here: 
More information from Niklas Wahlberg (
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