Opportunities to Join evolVienna

PhD position: Evolutionary adaptations of circadian and circalunar clocks

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FOUR POSTDOC POSITIONS IN COMPUTER SCIENCE AND POPULATION GENETICS

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Postdoctoral Fellow in Evolutionary Bioinformatics (Department for Systematics and Evolutionary Botany at the University of Vienna)

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PhD student in Plant Evolutionary Biology (The Department for Systematics and Evolutionary Botany at the University of Vienna)

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PhD position in Evolution and structure-function relationships of viral RNAs (University of Vienna)

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PhD position in Microbial Experimental Evolution (Department of Microbiology and Ecosystem Science at the University of Vienna)

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Postdoc position: Microbial Experimental Evolution (Department of Microbiology and Ecosystem Science at the University of Vienna)

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2 PhD positions in Behavioral Ecology/Biological Control (University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences)

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Postdoc position: Genetics of Adaptation in Drosophila (Vetmeduni Vienna)

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Master thesis: Studying Evolution with C. remanei (Vetmeduni Vienna)

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University Assistant (=Research Associate/Senior Postdoc), 6 years in Evolutionary Modeling (University of Vienna)

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PhD position: Evolution of reptilian skin

University of Bologna in collaboration with Medical University of Vienna

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A postdoctoral research position in the biology of Drosophila aging and physiology is available in the group of Dr. Thomas Flatt at the University of Veterinary Medicine (Department of Biomedical Sciences, Institute of Population Genetics), Vienna, Austria (http://i122server.vu-wien.ac.at/pop/Flatt_website/flatt_home.html). The postdoc position is funded by a grant from the Austrian Science Foundation (FWF) and will be for three years. The position is available immediately; the starting date is negotiable. This research project will focus on the identification of the molecular basis of the trade-off between reproduction and lifespan in the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, a powerful genetic model system. In many organisms, from fruit flies to humans, reproduction shortens lifespan, but the underlying mechanisms remain largely unknown (see Flatt & Promislow 2007 in Science). Experiments in C. elegans suggest that hormonal signals from the gonad affect longevity (Hsin & Kenyon 1999 in Nature), and we have recently found that germline ablation extends lifespan and affects insulin signaling in Drosophila (Flatt et al. 2008 in PNAS). However, the details of this systemic regulation of lifespan by the reproductive system remain unclear. In our project we are interested in dissecting the endocrine and physiological mechanisms that modulate the reproduction-longevity trade-off. By employing mutant and transgene analysis, genetic manipulation of the gonad, epistasis experiments, hormonal manipulations, and physiological measurements we will examine the mechanisms whereby signals from the reproductive system modulate longevity. We are seeking a highly talented, dynamic, independent, and self-motivated young biologist with good social skills. The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. and a strong background in genetics and molecular biology using the Drosophila system. Some background in the biology of aging, evolutionary biology, and/or physiology and endocrinology would be ideal, but is not required. The working language in the laboratory is English, so the candidate should be proficient in spoken and written English. German skills, although helpful, are not essential. The initial appointment will be made for one year, with a possible extension to up to three years. The annual salary is 54,180 Euro (before tax). The position is available as of now, but the starting date is negotiable. In a 2009 world-wide survey by the William M. Mercer Institute, Vienna ranked first world-wide in terms of standards of living. Vienna is a beautiful, historical yet modern city, located in the heart of Europe, close to the Alps and to major cities like Munich, Zurich, Prague, and Budapest. Being famous for its concert sites, opera houses, theathers, museums, and coffee shops, Vienna also provides great outdoor activities, such as sailing on the Neusiedler See, ice skating, biking and hiking in the Viennese woods and the nearby Alps. Moreover, the city has a wide range of great restaurants, bars, wineries, cinemas, clubs, libraries, galleries, and art collections. The Vienna area is also an exceptional and highly international research environment. Four major life science universities and three world-class research institutes (GMI, IMBA, IMP) provide a dynamic and interactive setting. Vienna hosts an active Drosophila community, and the onsite availability of the Drosophila RNAi center (VDRC) provides a great opportunity for functional Drosophila work. In population genetics and evolutionary biology, the Vienna research area also provides excellent prospects, due to a growing number of evolutionary research groups. To apply for this position, please send a single pdf file including: (1) a cover letter explaining why you would like to join our group, (2) your Curriculum Vitae (including a description of your skills), (3) your publication list, (4) a statement of research interests, and (5) contact details for 2-3 academic references who are willing to write a reference letter on your behalf to the following email address: thomas.flatt@vetmeduni.ac.at Informal inquiries are welcome and should be sent to the same e-mail address. For further information see (http://i122server.vu-wien.ac.at/pop/Flatt_website/flatt_home.html).