Two Positions in Animal Physiology
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, USA

The College of Biological Sciences (CBS) at the University of Minnesota (UMN) is hiring one tenure-track faculty in the area of Animal Physiology and one teaching-track faculty in the area of Physiology Education. Positions are 9-monthappointments starting the fall of 2017. Major responsibilities include varying levels of research, teaching, and service to the University, depending on the position.

Tenure-track position, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior
We welcome applications from organismal biologists conducting integrative and/or comparative research in any area of animal physiology related to the behavior, evolution, or ecology of either vertebrate or invertebrate animals. We seek outstanding applicants whose research spans two or more of the department’s disciplinary strengths in behavior, evolution, and ecology. We are especially interested in applicants whose research program would also establish natural bridges to other scientists on campus who conduct research in various areas of organismal biology (e.g., neurobiology, sensory biology, developmental biology, and endocrinology, among others). Primary teaching responsibilities will include a large-enrollment course in animal physiology taught in an active-learning classroom and an upper-division course in the applicant’s area of expertise.

Teaching-track position, Department of Biology Teaching and Learning
The primary role of this Teaching Assistant Professor in Physiology Education position is to provide high-quality undergraduate instruction in physiology, and to work as an team member on improving the undergraduate curriculum in physiological biology. The successful applicant will employ innovative, evidence-based teaching that advances the undergraduate teaching mission of the College of Biological Sciences (CBS) and the University of Minnesota. The position is teaching-intensive, with expectation of contributions to scholarship and service, including participating in research related to biology teaching and learning and providing guidance to colleagues in areas of the Teaching Assistant Professor’s expertise. Candidates must have a suitable background in physiology that complements existing strengths in the Department and teach in those areas.

Visit the college’s hiring website for detailed information about these two positions http://z.umn.edu/cbsfacultyhiring. Evaluation of applications will begin November 15, 2016.

Successful candidates require a PhD in Physiology or related field,  post-doctoral experience, expertise that complements current faculty, demonstrated commitment to graduate and undergraduate education, evidence of commitment to equity and diversity, and teaching experience.

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Graduate Students

PhD project on the alpine she-oak skink (Cyclodomorphus praealtus)
Monash University, Australia

A PhD project is available in David Chapple’s Evolutionary Ecology of Environmental Change research group at Monash University (https://sites.google.com/site/chapplelab/). The research group uses field studies, field- and lab-based experiments, comparative analyses, morphological analyses and molecular approaches to examine the impact of past, current, and future environmental change on phenotype, life-history and distribution.

The Egernia Group (Egernia, Liopholis, Lissolepis, Bellatorias, Tiliqua, Corucia) is an endemic Australasian lineage of large-sized skinks that exhibit stable social aggregations and long-term social and genetic monogamy. The PhD project will focus on the endangered alpine she-oak skink, and investigate its mating system, social system, ecology and habitat use, thermal biology and diet. The species is listed as one of Zoos Victoria’s 20 priority native threatened species (http://www.zoo.org.au/healesville/animals/alpine-she- oak-skink). This project will be supported by an ARC Discovery Grant, and involve collaboration with Geoff While (University of Tasmania) and Mike Gardner (Flinders University).

Interested students should email their CV (including details of two academic referees), academic record, and research interests to Dr David Chapple (David.Chapple@monash.edu) by Monday 10th October 2016. Students will need to successfully obtain a PhD scholarship. One applicant will be selected to complete and submit a PhD scholarship application at Monash University. For highly-qualified students, it may be possible to commence the project in late 2016.

PhD position in Ethology at the Department of Zoology
Stockholm University, Sweden

Ref. nr. SU FV-2501-16 Deadline for application: October 1, 2016.

The link between intrinsic cognitive ability, learning behavior and patterns of generalization.
The aim of this project is to disentangle the intrinsic and extrinsic factors that can explain variation in how individuals respond to and learn to associate with different stimuli in their environment. This variation in behavioral responses leads to variation in how the individuals interact with their environment, and will ultimately have significant intra- and interspecific evolutionary consequences (e.g. in signal evolution, mate choice and prey defenses). We aim for a mainly experimental approach, studying preferences, learning and discrimination behavior and generalization behavior in subjects that vary in cognitive ability, experience, and/or rearing conditions. The main subject species for the project will be the guppy (Poecilia reticulata). We already have existing selection lines of large- and small-brained guppies, with associated differences in cognitive ability. These lines provide a unique opportunity to study effects of intrinsic cognitive ability on learning behavior. The majority of the project will be undertaken in the brand new tropical freshwater fish labs in the Department of Zoology with room for over 6,000 aquaria and several separate experiment rooms. However, depending on the preferences of the recruited PhD student and the development of the project, there are possibilities to extend the scope of the project. For instance, we have substantial experience in studying learning and cognition in birds (wild-caught blue and great tits and domestic chickens) and comparative analyses across cartilaginous fish is another possible route. Generally, the project will mostly be lab-oriented and involve quite time consuming experimental work. At the same time, the position will provide excellent opportunities for personal initiatives and development towards a successful academic career.

Qualification requirements
To be qualified for research studies in the program, the applicant must have completed a Master degree (or equivalent) or have passed at least 120 hp (2 years) of biological studies, including an approved independent project of at least 30 hp at advanced level within Ethology, Zoology, Behavioral Ecology, Evolutionary Biology or a related subject. Applicants who have in principle acquired the corresponding competence in Sweden or in another country are also qualified.

We are looking in particular for candidates with a strong interest in animal learning and cognition, with excellent analytical ability and experience from studying behavior and other traits of interest. Experience in working with aquatic animals in the lab is also meriting.

For more information and to apply follow this link:

For more information, please contact:

Dr Gabriella Gamberale Stille
Telephone: +46 8 16 40 46
Email: gabriella.gamberale@zoologi.su.se 
Professor Niclas Kolm
Telephone: +46 8 16 40 50
Email: niclas.kolm@zoologi.su.se

PhD Positions in Behavioral Evolution
Macquarie University, Australia

Exciting opportunities to participate in research aimed at discovering unconventional routes to adaptation. We seek up to three highly motivated PhD students to join a research program focused on the causal dynamics of behavioral evolution. Fully-sponsored opportunities exist for domestic Australian and international candidates in the context of two broader projects:

1. Thermal preference across life stages in the Queensland fruit fly

In Australia, the Sterile Insect Technique (SIT) has recently been engaged to control the horticultural pest Bactrocera tryoni (“Q-fly”). SIT offers a sustainable control measure provided that released (sterile) stock are viable and competitive under natural conditions. However, Q-flies adapt rapidly to captive environments, leading to phenotypes that are ill-equipped for the wild and inefficient as SIT agents. Our research aims to understand the evolutionary-genetic basis of thermal preference, and how this integrates with key life history traits in the context of Q-fly domestication.

We offer a PhD position for research commensurate with this goal. The candidate may focus on behavior, genetics or physiology of thermal preference, and would ideally integrate several themes. Approaches are expected to include Behavioral experiments, artificial selection and/or experimental evolution, with abundant opportunity to integrate with genomic research. Supervision will be provided by Dr. Darrell Kemp and Dr. Kate Lynch.

This project is part of a $20.5 million ‘SIT-Plus’ collaboration that aims to develop a detailed understanding of Q-fly biology as a foundation for effective, environmentally benign and sustainable pest management. This spans Macquarie University, the Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries (DPI), the South Australia Research Development Institution (SARDI) and others. Collectively, these institutions offer vast expertise and research capacity and the candidate can expect excellent supervision, collaborative opportunities, facilities and research support.

2. The evolutionary dynamics of boldness behavior in guppies (Poecilia reticulata)

This project arises from a joint ARC/NSF funded collaboration between Macquarie University and the University of California, Riverside. Our purpose is to understand how interactions among environmental, genetic and epi-genetic factors may drive evolution in non-conventional ways. We will interrogate this using guppies (Poecilia reticulata), a small tropical fish with a rich heritage in evolutionary biology. Key to this project is the ability to connect laboratory insights with realized adaptive trajectories in wild experimental populations.

We seek two PhD candidates for distinctive research within this program. Projects may focus on features of behavior per-se, such as personality traits, or how behavior interacts with life history or morphological features such as color ornamentation. We particularly encourage applicants with interests in Behavioral and/or evolutionary genetics. The supervisory committee will consist of Dr. Darrell Kemp and Dr. Kate Lynch (Macquarie) and Prof. David Reznick (UC Riverside). Collectively, we possess substantial expertise in behavior, life history and evolutionary genetics, ensuring strong intellectual support. This program also offers the potential for internships at UC Riverside and/or travel to experimental streams in Trinidad; see: http://cnas.ucr.edu/guppy/.

The research environment
All candidates will be based at Macquarie University, a major research institution located in Sydney’s northern high-technology corridor. The Department of Biological Sciences employs around 40 Faculty and has core strengths in behavior, ecology and evolution. This is an intellectually stimulating environment with a vibrant community comprising over 100 graduate students.

Tenure and salary rates
Full time candidature for all positions will ideally commence in late 2016 or early 2017. The salary range is $26,288 - $30,849 pa (tax-free and indexed annually) for 3 years, plus a stipend covering all tuition fees. Macquarie also provides generous support for research and conference travel, and there are abundant opportunities to supplement income via undergraduate teaching scholarships.

Requests for information and/or expressions of interest should be emailed directly to Dr. Kemp prior to 15th October 2016. Please include a CV, brief statements of past experience and future research interests, including copies of any research outputs.

Dr. Darrell J. Kemp
Department of Biological Sciences
Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.
Research: https://www.sites.google.com/site/evolutionaryecologymq/
Email: darrell.kemp@mq.edu.au

Refer to the following links for information specific to Macquarie University PhD entry criteria, pathways, and application procedures:


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