|Postdoc at the Department of Ecology and Evolution of the University of Salzburg (Austria),|
|Monday, 21 December 2015 13:00|
At the Department of Ecology and Evolution of the University of Salzburg (Austria), one PhD student position is available in the 3-years, FWF-funded project “New Phylogenetic Features in Oligotrichea (Ciliophora)”.
This project has an innovative and synergistic approach of combining taxonomy and phylogeny of ciliates, using light microscopic and electron microscopic (SEM, TEM) techniques as well as cladistic and phylogenetic analyses. We are seeking for an enthusiastic student with very good communications skills, team spirit, and excellent work ethics who likes to work in a modern science lab with state-of-the art techniques in an inspiring environment.
Oligotrichea are mainly marine planktonic ciliates and some of them – the tintinnids – form vase- shaped loricae (houses). The molecular phylogenies often reveal surprising relationships, especially concerning the tintinnids whose exclusively lorica-based classification is artificial. By re-/descriptions of the species based on live observations, protargol-impregnated material, and the almost unexplored ultrastructure of the loricae and the cells, new morphologic features will be discovered that contribute to establish a natural tintinnid classification and to map the apomorphic characters on the molecular trees.
The PhD student will generally work in Salzburg, but will have the opportunity to visit laboratories in France, Italy, and Germany during sampling trips to the Mediterranean and the North Sea and during an introduction into genetic analyses in Germany. The requirements for application are
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