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Zurich, Switzerland: Postdoc in Evolutionary Genetics of Maternal Effects PDF Tisk Email
Postdoc position in Evolutionary Genetics of Maternal Effects
University of Zurich, Switzerland
My group combines complementary approaches from evolutionary ecology, 
ecophysiology and genetics/genomics to understand the evolution and 
evolutionary consequences of prenatal maternal effects in different bird 
systems. Within this project, I have a postdoc position available to 
investigate the genetic basis of prenatal maternal investment using 
established, replicated Japanese quail selection lines for high and low 
maternal egg investment.
Goal of the project is to identify genomic regions associated with 
differential maternal investment, and to link DNA sequence variation 
with the physiological and ecological phenotype of mothers from high and 
low investment lines. Thereby this project can provide an integrative 
understanding of the molecular and physiological architecture underlying 
variation in maternal reproductive strategies.
The ideal candidate for this position has a strong interest in 
evolutionary biology, a can-do attitude and good writing and 
organisational skills. Given the large amount of data and the nature of 
the analyses involved (e.g. handling of SNP data, QTL mapping), 
expertise in evolutionary genetics, quantitative genetics, and/or 
bioinformatics is essential.
The postdoc will be based at the Institute of Evolutionary Biology and 
Environmental Studies of the University of Zurich, providing ample 
opportunities for collaborations and interactions with researchers 
working in related and complementary fields (http://www.ieu.uzh.ch). The 
institute is very international and the working language is English.
The position is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation for the 
duration of 18 months (gross salary CHF / Euro 94'000 per annum). The 
ideal starting date is May 1st 2015, or as soon as possible afterwards.
Applications should include 1) a cover letter outlining your motivation 
to work on this project, as well as relevant experience, 2) a detailed 
curriculum vitae, and 3) the contact details of three academic referees. 
Send the above as a single .pdf file to 
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Review of applications will start on February 26th 2015.
For more information, feel free to contact me!
Prof. Dr. Barbara Tschirren
Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies
University of Zurich
Winterthurerstrasse 190
8057 Zurich – Switzerland
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