The Evolutionary Stress Ecology & Ecotoxicology group at KU Leuven is inviting applications for 2 PhD positions to study the evolution of tolerance to global change stressors. Both the positions commence on 1st December, 2023.
PhD1 will focus on the single and combined effects of pollution and warming, and includes gut microbiota transplant experiments between control and stressor-adapted D. magna clones, gene expression analyses (RNAseq) and experimental evolution of gut bacteria.
PhD2 will focus on the single and combined effects of pollution and fish predation risk (both related to changes in land use in a natural landscape), and includes targeted field sampling, controlled laboratory exposure experiments, physiological assays and gut microbiota transplant experiments between control and stressor-adapted D. magna clones.
Prospective candidates must have an excellent academic record (great distinction or equivalent), a strong interest in evolutionary ecology and microbiology and a high ability for accurate lab work. A very good command of both spoken and written English is required. Proven experimental, microbiological and bio-informatic (RNAseq, PhD1) skills are an asset, but training can be provided.
Application deadline: 22nd September, 2023
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