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Molecular mechanisms of the repeated evolution of color patterns in
cichlid fishes
The Department of Biology, University of Konstanz, Germany and the
International Max Planck Research School for Organismal Biology (IMPRS)
invites applications for a PhD position (TV-L E13 60%). The position is
funded by the Baden Württemberg Stiftung as part of the
'Eliteprogramm für Postdocs' and available from April 2016 or later
(application deadline: 15.1.2016).
 We are seeking highly qualified
students holding a M.Sc. (or equivalent) with a strong interest in
developmental biology, genetics, and evolutionary biology. High
motivation, creativity and a cooperative personality are expected.
Applicants should ideally have a background in developmental biology
and/or genetics and practical skills in molecular techniques. Prior
experience with fish is preferred, but not essential. We offer a PhD
position for three years within a highly competitive multidisciplinary
and international research environment. The PhD program of the IMPRS
graduate school offers a comprehensive mentoring program, specific
courses for organismal biology and support for career development.
The project focuses on the molecular mechanisms that underlie the
development of coloration traits in cichlid fishes. The distinctiveness
of their color patterns is well captured by the German popular name -
Buntbarsche, or colorful perches. Many of these exuberant color patterns
have evolved repeatedly in different species and even within different
lakes. Yet, still little is known about the genetic changes that are
necessary to generate these traits. In particular this project addresses
the repeated evolution of stripe patterns within cichlids. Here,
horizontal stripe and vertical bar patterns occur and evolved repeatedly
in different lakes in the African Rift Valley. These are driven by
ecological adaptations to similar habitat environments. The project will
take advantage of genetic [e.g. QTL (Quantitative Trait Loci) mapping],
genomic (targeted genome sequencing) and state-of-the-art molecular and
developmental biology approaches (transgenesis, genome editing and
chromatin immunoprecipitation). The aim of the project will be to
analyze the genetic and molecular basis of an ecologically well-
described adaptive phenotype that evolved repeatedly within short
evolutionary times.
Application deadline is January 15, 2016. Interested applicants should
apply through the IMPRS homepage: www.orn.mpg.de/2383/Application.
The University of Konstanz encourages disabled persons to apply. They
will be given preference if appropriately qualified. The University is
an equal opportunity employer that tries to increase the number of women
in research. We are a family-friendly institution and committed to
further the compatibility of work and family life.
Dr. Claudius Kratochwil
Axel Meyer Lab
Department of Biology & Zukunftskolleg
University of Konstanz
78457 Konstanz

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More Information: 
Claudius Kratochwil, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Biology - Meyer Lab - Room M823
University of Konstanz
D-78457 Konstanz, Germany
Tel: +49 (0) 7531 884583
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