PhD Position in evolutionary dynamics of biological invasions

A PhD position is available to work with Dr Ben Phillips at the University of Melbourne (School of Biosciences) and Dr Matthew Hall at Monash University (school of Biological Sciences). We are looking for a highly-motivated candidate interested in understanding the evolutionary dynamics of biological invasions. Invasive species, emergent diseases, and malignant growths, are all examples of populations that are increasing in size and invading new territory. Using species of Daphnia and their associated pathogens, the successful candidates will work closely with supervisors to develop projects that explore the changes in evolutionary processes that occur as an invading population expands.

Candidates with experience in evolutionary genetics, behavioural ecology or physiological ecology are encouraged to apply, although experience in these areas is not necessary. We seek an applicant to apply by October 2016 for the 2017 round of PhD scholarships.

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Scholarship details:

The PhD candidate will need to be competitive for an Australian Postgraduate Award at University of Melbourne.

Application process:

Interested candidates should send their CV and academic transcript, along with a cover letter outlining their research interests and motivation to Applicants must possess a Bachelor’s or equivalent degree with first-class Honours, Master of Science or MPhil.

For the successful candidate, the deadline for scholarship applications at Monash University is October 31 for a 2017 start date.


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