PhD fellowship in primate evolution

PhD Project in incomplete lineage sorting and morphological evolution in primates

Department of Biology
Faculty of SCIENCE
University of Copenhagen

 

A phd position on primate evolution will be open in Department of Biology at University of Copenhagen from 1st August 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The project

Incomplete lineage sorting (ILS) is an evolutionary event frequently occur during rapid speciation where the ancestral polymorphisms randomly fixed in the derived lineages. ILS has profound impacts on the speciation process and often produced challenge for phylogenetic inference. It is one of the major causes for the incongruence between the gene tree and species tree. It has been reported that ILS occurred in many taxa that experience rapid radiation, including birds, marsupials, and great apes. It has been shown before that at least 15% of human genomic sequences are more closely related to gorilla than chimpanzee, suggesting the ILS might have profound impact on human evolution. In this study, we will explore the functional impacts of the ILS to the human morphology evolution by comapring the skeleton morphology of primates and performing association study with the ILS evolution pattern on genes. 

Centre for Biodiversity Genomics (CBG)

The research group is led by Prof. Guojie Zhang with the research focus on biodiversity genomics. The research group has developed many large-scale genomics study to understand the evolutionary process and mechanisms for speciation and adaptation for broad spectrum of animal taxa. The group has good international environment and consists of researchers covering a wide range of disciplines, including bioinformatics, genomics, evolution, developmental biologist, and ecology. More detail about the research group can be found from http://zhanggjlab.org/

We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in dynamic and international research environment.

Principal supervisor is Prof. Guojie Zhang at Department of Biology, guojie.zhang@bio.ku.dk

The PhD programme

The candidate of this position will perform the bioinformatic analyses to detect the ILS signal in great apes and infer the functional implication by integrating the functional genomic data have been released in public domains. The candidate will also perform the bioinformatic analyses on the skeleton and anatomic data in great apes and infer the potential impacts of the ILS on the morphology.

We can offer you a highly ambitious yet friendly working environment where the cross-disciplinary research is conducted. The CBG often establishs collaboration with the top labs in the relevant fields to strenghthen the reserch program. Therefore, the candidate will be exposed to international collaboration and should have the ability to coordinate the collaboration project.  

Depending of your level of education, you can undertake the PhD programme as either:

Option A: A three year full-time study within the framework of the regular PhD programme (5+3 scheme), if you already have an education equivalent to a relevant Danish master’s degree.

Option B: An up to five year full-time study programme within the framework of the integrated MSc and PhD programme (the 3+5 scheme), if you do not have an education equivalent to a relevant Danish master´s degree – but you have an education equivalent to a Danish bachelors´s degree.

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Option A: Getting into a position on the regular PhD programme

Qualifications needed for the regular programme
To be eligible for the regular PhD programme, you must have completed a degree programme, equivalent to a Danish master’s degree (180 ECTS/3 FTE BSc + 120 ECTS/2 FTE MSc) related to the subject area of the project, e.g.evolution, paelontology, comparative anatomy. For information of eligibility of completed programmes, see General assessments for specific countries and Assessment database.

Terms of employment in the regular programme
Employment as PhD fellow is full time and for maximum 3 years.

Employment is conditional upon your successful enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD School at the Faculty of SCIENCE, University of Copenhagen. This requires submission and acceptance of an application for the specific project formulated by the applicant.

The terms of employment and salary are in accordance to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State (AC). The position is covered by the Protocol on Job Structure.

Option B: Getting into a position on the integrated MSc and PhD programme

Qualifications needed for the integrated MSc and PhD programme

If you do not have an education equivalent to a relevant Danish master´s degree, you might be qualified for the integrated MSc and PhD programme, if you have an education equivalent to a relevant Danish bachelor´s degree. Here you can find out, if that is relevant for you: General assessments for specific countries and Assessment database.  

Terms of the integrated programme
To be eligible for the integrated scholarship, you are (or are eligible to be) enrolled at one of the faculty’s master programmes in ecology and evolution

Students on the integrated programme will enroll as PhD students simultaneously with completing their enrollment in this MSc degree programme.

The duration of the integrated programme is up to five years, and depends on the amount of credits that you have passed on your MSc programme. For further information about the study programme, please see: www.science.ku.dk/phd, “Study Structures”.

Until the MSc degree is obtained, (when exactly two years of the full 3+5 programme remains), the grant will be paid partly in the form of 48 state education grant portions (in Danish: “SU-klip”) plus salary for work (teaching, supervision etc.) totalling a workload of at least 150 working hours per year.
A PhD grant portion is DKK 6,243.

When you have obtained the MSc degree, you will transfer to the salary-earning part of the scholarship for a period of two years. At that point, the terms of employment and payment will be according to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State (AC). The position is covered by the Protocol on Job Structure.

Responsibilities and tasks in both PhD programmes

  • Complete and pass the MSc education in accordance with the curriculum of the MSc programme

 (ONLY when you are attending the integrated MSc and PhD programme)

  • Carry through an independent research project under supervision
  • Complete PhD courses corresponding to approx. 30 ECTS / ½ FTE
  • Participate in active research environments, including a stay at another research institution, preferably abroad
  • Teaching and knowledge dissemination activities
  • Write scientific papers aimed at high-impact journals
  • Write and defend a PhD thesis on the basis of your project

 

We are looking for the following qualifications:

  • Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD project
  • Relevant publications
  • Relevant work experience
  • Other relevant professional activities
  • Curious mind-set with a strong interest in morphology evolution
  • Good English oral and writing skills

 

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Application and Assessment Procedure

 Your application including all attachments must be in English and submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include

  1. Motivated letter of application for this phd project (max. one page)
  2. Curriculum vitae including information about your education, experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position
  3. Original diplomas for Bachelor of Science or Master of Science and transcript of records in the original language, including an authorized English translation if issued in another language than English or Danish. If not completed, a certified/signed copy of a recent transcript of records or a written statement from the institution or supervisor is accepted.
  4. Publication list (if possible)
  5. Reference letters (if available)

Application deadline:
The deadline for applications is 31th December 2021 23:59 GMT +1.

We reserve the right not to consider material received after the deadline, and not to consider applications that do not live up to the abovementioned requirements.

The further process
After deadline, a number of applicants will be selected for academic assessment by an unbiased expert assessor. You are notified, whether you will be passed for assessment.

The assessor will assess the qualifications and experience of the shortlisted applicants with respect to the above mentioned research area, techniques, skills and other requirements. The assessor will conclude whether each applicant is qualified and, if so, for which of the two models. The assessed applicants will have the opportunity to comment on their assessment. You can read about the recruitment process at https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/.

Interviews with selected candidates are expected to be held in two weeks after the deadline.

Questions
For specific information about the PhD fellowship, please contact the principal supervisor.

General information about PhD study at the Faculty of SCIENCE is available at the PhD School’s website: https://www.science.ku.dk/phd/.

The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the surrounding community and invites all regardless of personal background to apply for the position. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deadline: 2021-12-31 at 23:59
Unit: Faculty of Science

Read the job description at the university homepage or Apply.

Post expires on fredag december 31st, 2021