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PhD project (AIO) 'Darwinian Agriculture by fungus-growing termites'

Laboratory of Genetics, Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands

Within the recently funded VICI project 'Darwinian Agriculture. Guided by
an ancient farming mutualism', a PhD position is available. Fungus-growing
termites cultivate fungi of the genus Termitomyces, upon which they
depend for food provisioning.

A single colony cultivates a single clone of
fungi, i.e. a monoculture, and this monoculture can remain productive for
multiple decades. The overall question addressed in this project is how
termites can maintain this high productivity of their monoculture for so
long. This question is inspired by observations in laboratory evolution
experiments showing fast decreases in productivity due to inadvertent
selection of competitive traits that trade off with collective performance
of the fungi. This PhD project will involve field work in South Africa,
fungal isolation, microbial and DNA techniques. The preferred candidate
has experience with these techniques and is interested in evolutionary
questions, especially the evolution of cooperation.

A full-time position (38 hours), initially for 1 year after which a go/no
go decision will be taken on extension with another three years. Gross
salary per month euro 2042,= in the first year rising to euro 2612,per
month in the fourth year, for a fulltime appointment.

We are looking for a highly motivated, enthusiastic young researcher
with a strong interest in evolutionary genetics/ecology and microbiology.

Following the European Commission's Guidelines for Equality between women
and men the Max-CROP management team supports the promotion of women in
the European Research Area, and encourages applications from women.

To apply, please send by email a cover letter, describing your motivation
and suitability for the position, a detailed CV, and the name and
address of two referees to support your application to Duur K. Aanen
( Tato emailová adresa je chráněna před spamboty, abyste ji viděli, povolte JavaScript ). The deadline is 15 May 2015. Interviews will be
held in Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Duur Aanen
Laboratory of Genetics
Wageningen University and Research Center
The Netherlands
Tel. +31(0)317 483144
Mobile: +31 (0)6 38140916
Fax: +31 (0)317 483146

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