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Saturday, 24 April 2010 20:46

Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung has an international reputation in all fields of Natural History research. It runs six research institutes and two museums in Germany and is also custodian of the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Messel.

The following position is open in the Department of Limnology & Conservation at Senckenberg Forschungsinstitut und Naturmuseum Frankfurt:

PhD position as part of a 3 year project on aquatic landscape/population genetics funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
(payment according to the German “Bundesangestelltentarifvetrag“ [BAT] IIa, (50%)

A presently unresolved question in freshwater biology addresses the capability of freshwater invertebrates to disperse within and among river systems. Both ecological and molecular studies have provided contrasting patterns of dispersal propensities in several groups of freshwater insects. In order to provide deeper understanding of dispersal modes (adult vs. larval, within-stream vs. among-stream dispersal) and frequencies, the PhD candidate will investigate fine-scale patterns of gene flow among populations of selected aquatic insect species using high-resolution genetic marker systems. Besides the genetics, the position will involve considerable traveling and field work (sampling, ecological stream characterization).

We are looking for a highly motivated student with a strong interest in freshwater biology, entomology and population/landscape genetics. The candidate is expected to have some experience in the laboratory, ideally with the application of microsatellite markers and/or DNA sequencing. Knowledge of German language is not necessary. A valid international drivers licence is required for field sampling.

The Senckenberg Research Institutes and Natural History Museums (headquarter in Frankfurt am Main) have a longstanding tradition in high quality biodiversity research. The Department of Limnology & Conservation is located at the Research Station Gelnhausen. The station provides all facilities required for this research (fully equipped molecular lab, separate low DNA lab, laboratory for sample sorting and microscopical analysis, culture room, field equipment). You will be member of a young, international, highly motivated research team, based in Gelnhausen, a quaint small town in close proximity to Frankfurt am Main. The city has a picturesque historic Old Town and is surrounded by beautiful mountain ranges. Frankfurt am Main, an international city with a rich and diverse cultural life and a unique international transport connection, can be reached within 30 minutes by car or public transport.

The contract shall start as soon as possible and will be restricted to 36 months. Review of the application starts July 10th and will continue until the position is filled. Please, direct your application with CV, a letter of motivation and contact details of two referees via email to:

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Females are especially encouraged to apply, and in the case of equal qualification, handicapped persons will be given preference.


For scientific enquiries feel free to contact:

Dr. Carsten Nowak
Senckenberg Research Institute & Natural History Museum
Research Station Gelnhausen, Dep. Limnology & Conservation
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www.senckenberg.de


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U. Maurer
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Senckenberg Gesellschaft fuer Naturforschung
Gelnhausen

Ansprechpartner: Dr. Carsten Nowak, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it / This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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