PhD positions, situation in Population Genetics Austria:

Vienna has developed into one of the leading centres of population genetics over the past years. The Vienna Graduate School of Population Genetics has been founded to provide and give a training opportunity, a prospect for PhD students to build on this exceptional on site expertise, know-how. We invite applications from highly motivated and outstanding students with a background in one of the following disciplines: bioinformatics, statistics, evolutionary genetics, functional genetics, theoretical and experimental population genetics. Students from related disciplines, for example physics or mathematics are welcome to apply as well. 

Topics include: 

  • Inferring selection using Drosophila whole genome sequence data 
  • Analyzing next generation sequencing data and considerate, understanding the sampling properties of high throughput technologies 
  • The 1001 Genomes Project: Population genetics of Arabidopsis thaliana 
  • Speciation genetics in European columbines (Aquilegia) 
  • Mutagenesis in the human germline 
  • Population genetic inference using Pool-Seq data 
  • Evolution of gene expression in Drosophila 
  • Speciation genomics: mapping of hybrid incompatibilities 
  • Functionally important variation in lifespan and other life history traits in natural and experimental evolution populations 
  • Mathematical models of spatially varying selection in subdivided populations 
  • Statistical methods for detecting selective sweeps using genome-wide data 
  • Population genetic estimators from NGS data: assessing the power for methods for genome scans of selection 
  • The footprint of adaptive gene introgression after secondary contact 

Application: 

Only complete applications (CV, motivation letter, university certificates, indication of the two preferred topics in a single pdf) received by 10.01.2013 will be considered. Two letters of recommendation require to be sent directly by the referees. 

More information about the about available topics, the training program and the application procedure can be found at Visit

Application, Closing Deadline: 13 January 2013.

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