A Ph.D. position in evolutionary biology is available in the group of Prof. Michel Chapuisat at the Department of Ecology and Evolution, University of Lausanne, Switzerland. We are currently investigating the origin, evolution and mode of action of a supergene controlling social organization in ants. Our approach combines genomics, genetics, behavioral experiments and ecological surveys in the field. For more information, see http://www.unil.ch/dee/page7000.html.
Animal societies vary greatly in social organization, yet the causes of this diversity are poorly understood. Ants belonging to the genus Formica provide an ideal system to study the underpinnings of social organization, because a supergene – a large group of linked genes – determines whether colonies have one or multiple queens. The successful candidate will perform experiments to better understand the genomic, behavioral or ecological processes leading to this social polymorphism. The project will provide insights into how supergenes evolve and how they generate biological diversity.
In order to complete our team, we are looking for someone with a Master’s degree in biology, life sciences, genetics, bioinformatics, or related subjects. Applicants should have knowledge and skills pertaining to evolutionary biology, genetics, genomics, behavior or ecology. We are looking for a creative, curious and motivated person with excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
What the position offers you:
We offer a nice working place in a multicultural, diverse and dynamic academic environment, with opportunities for professional training. The Department of Ecology and Evolution in Lausanne University hosts research groups working on a broad range of topics, producing a rich intellectual and social life. Although French is the common language in Lausanne region, the department research activities and seminars are conducted in English. The University of Lausanne offers state-of-the-art facilities, including excellent computer facilities and molecular labs.
Contact for further information:
Prof. Michel Chapuisat : Michel.Chapuisat@unil.ch
Incoming applications will continue to be considered until the position is filled.
To apply, please upload a single pdf document containing: a cover letter with a short description of your research interests, research experience, and why you are interested in joining our group; Your CV; The contact details of 2-3 referees; A copy of your Master degree; Your Master’s thesis summary.
To receive full consideration, application documents should be uploaded online through the University of Lausanne recruitment platform.
Please apply through this webpage: https://bit.ly/3vH8OP5