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PhD student position GEOMAR Kiel


Thorsten Reusch <[log in to unmask]>


Scientific forum on fish and fisheries <[log in to unmask]>


Thu, 14 Nov 2013 20:25:38 +0100





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> The
> Helmholtz-Centre of Ocean Research (GEOMAR) is one of the leading institutes in
> marine research in Germany. With 750 employees and a yearly budget of 65 Mio €
> its major goal is fundamental and applied research in all areas of marine
> sciences. The research unit Evolutionary Ecology of Marine Fishes is
> offering a position for a


PhD student position on “Evolutionary physiology of
fish larvae”


We are seeking a highly motivated
and enthusiastic candidate who is expected to contribute to the EU-BONUS funded project BIO-C3: Biodiversity changes – causes, consequences and management
implications coordinated by GEOMAR (co-lead by DTU-Aqua Copenhagen). The
ability to work in a team of international scientists is required. The PhD
position will be placed in the work package “genetic adaptation and ecophysiology” which focuses on physiological tolerance (including capacity for
acclimatization), preference and phenotypic plasticity in relation to environmental
factors on larvae of commercially important Baltic Sea fish species (herring
and cod).


Project description

Biodiversity encompasses genetic diversity, species richness and habitat
heterogeneity. Genetically determined physiological requirements and phenotypic
plasticity during different life stages have major influence on species
distribution patterns. For most species it is still unresolved whether or not
the phenotypic divergence between ecologically separated populations results
from local (heritable) adaptation, and whether or not genetic diversity enables
populations to respond adaptively to changes. The physiological tolerance and preference will be experimentally
studied in economically important fish populations (cod, herring) sampled
across geographical (local to regional) scales and ecological gradients (e.g.
salinity, pCO2, temperature).
These experiments will be combined with genetic
analyses (gene expression, genome scans) to determine links between traits
and functional genetic variance.


The GEOMAR provides excellent experimental facilities with running
seawater, temperature controlled rooms and a CO2 manipulation system.
We have full access to the
Center of Molecular Life Sciences Kiel with its state-of-the art next-generation
sequencing facilities Along with the
University of Kiel and the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology in
Plön, we offer a stimulating research environment with a focus on evolutionary ecology
and biology. The PhD student will have the possibility to join the “Integrated
School for Ocean Science (ISOS)” offering a wide range of courses for graduate
training. Kiel is the capital of the most Northern state of Germany, directly
located at the coast of the Baltic Sea. The town offers many opportunities for
outdoor activities especially watersports. 



The successful candidate is required to have a Master or Diploma in
Biology or related subject. Previous experience with the following techniques
is advantageous:

- larval or adult fish rearing and breeding

- experimental design and statistical analysis

- molecular biology and population genetic methods

The position is available for 3 years with a salary according to TVöD-Bund
13 (66%, approx. 1400€/mo net) of the German tariff for public employees. The
earliest starting date is 1 April 2014.


GEOMAR is an equal opportunity employer and encourages female scientists and
scientists with disabilities to apply. Provided equal qualification, they will
be preferentially considered.


Please send your application for this post not later
than 20 December using the keyword "BIO-C3" via e-mail in a single
pdf-document to the following
address: [log in to unmask]


further information please contact Prof. Thorsten Reusch  ([log in to unmask]) or Dr. Catriona Clemmesen ([log in to unmask]) or visit the webpage:


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