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PhD-student position on the genomic archivecture of a hybrid species at
University of Oslo

A position as PhD Research Fellow is available at the Centre for
Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis (CEES), Department of Biosciences,
Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.

The PhD project is entitled “The genomic architecture of a hybrid
species” and is part of a larger Research Program entitled “On
the role of hybridization in evolution – the case of Eurasian Passer
sparrows” funded by the Norwegian Research Council.

Tentative starting date: June-August 2015.

The PhD-project will be part of a larger project using the Italian sparrow
(Passer italiae), the first documented case of hybrid speciation in
birds (Hermansen et al. 2011), and its parent species (P. domesticus and
P. hispaniolensis) to investigate how hybridization can generate novel
variation and result in speciation. The genome of the Italian sparrow is
a composite mosaic of DNA from both parent species’ genomes. However,
little is known about the processes molding a homoploid hybrid genome.

This project applies genomic approaches to develop an understanding of
which factors that have formed the genome of the Italian sparrow. Whole
genome resquencing and RAD-tag data from three putatively independently
formed island populations will be used to investigate this. Three
questions that will be addressed is the role of transposable elements
in forming the genome, whether entire networks of genes are repeatedly
inherited from the same parent species, and how genetic integration
compares to phenotypic integration. The successful candidate will be
allowed to choose aspects of genomics of the larger study as best fits
her/his research interests. She/he will also be encouraged to develop
additional, complementary avenues of research. There will be available
genomic data to work on from day one, but there will also be field work
on Mediterranean islands!

We are looking for an ambitious candidate who is passionate
about science and has a strong background in evolutionary
biology/genomics/bioinformatics. Interested candidates should have a
Master degree or equivalent in a relevant field of biology. A special
interest in the field of speciation and speciation genetics is a plus. The
candidate should be interested in learning and applying genomic skills
to answer evolutionary questions regarding hybrid speciation. A strong
interest in bioinformatics and experience with independent programming
in unix/python/perl, and genomic data analysis in R is meriting. We
are primarily looking for a candidate with a strong track record who is
highly motivated and interested in a future career in science.

The position is affiliated with the Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary
Synthesis (CEES), under the supervision of Dr. Anna Runemark and
Prof. Glenn-Peter SĂŚtre and the work will be done in collaboration
with our research group currently consisting of four senior researchers,
three PhD-students and several MSc-students. The working language will
be English.

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Please find a link to the announcement here:
http://uio.easycruit.com/vacancy/1373165/96871?iso=no .

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