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International PhD Positions in Population Genetics at Vienna Graduate School of Population Genetics, Austria

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The Vienna Graduate School of Population Genetics is offering PhD positions for international students  in the field of Population Genetics. Highly motivated and outstanding students with a background in bioinformatics, statistics, evolutionary genetics, functional genetics, theoretical or experimental population genetics are eligible to apply for this position. Applicants will be receive salary of EUR 34.700,00 before tax according to the regulations of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF). The last date to apply for this scholarship is 30 May 2013.

Study Subject(s): Scholarships are available in Population Genetics.
Course Level: These scholarships are available for pursuing PhD degree programme at the Vienna Graduate School of Population Genetics, Austria.
Scholarship Provider: Vienna Graduate School of Population Genetics, Austria.
Scholarship can be taken at: Austria

Eligibility: We invite applications from highly motivated and outstanding students with a background in either theoretical, computational or experimental fields such as bioinformatics, statistics, evolutionary genetics, functional genetics, theoretical and experimental population genetics. Students from related disciplines, such as physics or mathematics are also welcome to apply.

Scholarship Open for International Students:Scholarship is open for International Students

Scholarship Description: Over the past years, Vienna has developed into one of the leading centres of population genetics. The Vienna Graduate School of Population Genetics has been founded to provide a training opportunity for PhD students to build on this excellent on site expertise.

Topics include:

  • Analysing next generation sequencing data and 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 germline with age.
  • Population genetic inference using Pool-Seq data.
  • Evolution of gene expression in Drosophila.
  • Speciation genomics: mapping of hybrid incompatibilities.
  • Inference of selection from time series data.
  • Understanding the ecology and genetics of an adaptive trait in Drosophila embryos.
  • Mathematical models of spatially varying selection in subdivided populations.
  • Statistical methods for detecting selective sweeps using genome-wide data.
  • The footprint of adaptive gene introgression after secondary contact.
  • Probabilistic models for the population genetics of molecular evolution.
  • Inferring selection using Drosophila whole genome sequence data.

Number of award(s): Not known.

What does it cover? The yearly salary of successful candidates is based on EUR 34.700,00 before tax according to the regulations of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF).

Selection criteria: Candidates who fulfills all the eligibility criteria and other asked requirements will be shortlisted for the interview round. For the third level  the applicants will have the opportunity to interact with current students. Furthermore, the applicants are given the opportunity to interact with the prospective thesis advisor to discuss specific aspects of the project. The final decision is made by the faculty, aiming to recruit the candidates with the highest scientific potential

Notification: Not known.

How to Apply: Applicants are requested to email the following information as a single pdf document to the program coordinator:

  • CV
  • a motivation letter with a statement of research interests
  • university certificates including grades
  • a copy of your university degree that enables you to pursue a doctoral study (diploma, master); if you will earn your degree after the deadline: please supply recent transcripts
  • an indication of two preferred topics
  • at least two reference letters assessing your scientific qualifications need to be e-mailed directly to us (please contact your referees proactively and use the referee request below as a guideline). Please consider that your referees may need some time to prepare and send their letters within the deadline! download referee request

Scholarship Application Deadline: Application deadline is 30 May 2013.

Further Official Scholarship Information and Application


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