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5 PhD & 4 Postdoc positions - Sociality and fecundity/longevity trade-off PDF Tisk Email

Freiburg, Groningen, Halle, Lausanne, Mainz, Münster, Regensburg, DFG Research Unit,
FOR 22815 PhD & 4 Postdoc positions - Sociality and the reversal of the fecundity/longevity trade-offApplication deadline: 3.8.2015
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We invite applications for 5 PhD and 4postdoc positions within the framework of the new Research Unit FOR 2281
funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG)Why do organisms age? The genetic underpinnings of ageing seem to be highly conserved from nematode worms to humans. Across animals, ageing is characterized by a trade-off between fecundity and longevity, with an increase in fecundity commonly associated with accelerated senescence and a drop in lifespan. A major exception to this patternis found within the social insects. Some social insect queens are record holders with respect to longevity whereas their sterile workers are short-lived. The aim of the Research Unit is to explore, in a highly integrative and interdisciplinary fashion, the ultimate and proximate reasons for the apparent reversal in the fecundity/longevity trade-off associated with sociality by using all major clades of social insects, with Drosophila melanogaster as model non-social organism. Projects will apply a broad range of approaches from experimental manipulation, field-based studies and molecular genetic studies (e.g. qt RT PCR, NGS) to theoretical evolutionary modelling and bioinformatics analysis.PhD positions will be available on the following topics:

Postdocs will work on:

All applicants should have a strong background in evolutionary biology and, depending on the project, in bioinformatics and/or modelling. For further details of specific projects, email the relevant contact person listed above. Within your application, please state your preferred project, in ranked order from 1 (most preferred) to 3. The research consortium will jointly select candidates for the positions. Skype/phone interviews are scheduled for the 2nd & 3rd week of August.Start of Position is anticipated to be 1. Oct 2015 Interested candidates should send their applications (incl. CV, letter of motivation, and contact details of two academic references) as single file pdf by3. Aug 2015to:
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For further information please contact:
Prof. Dr. Judith Korb
Zoology : Evolutionary Biology & Ecology
University of Freiburg
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D-79104 Freiburg
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