For the Institute Institute of Evolutionary Ecology and Conservation Genomics we are looking for a/an PhD student (m/f/d) Ulm University with its more than 10,000 students offers varied professional tasks in a highly innovative research, teaching and work environment, at the same time facilitating the reconciliation of work and family in many ways.

We seek to increase the proportion of women in research and teaching and particularly encourages qualified female scientists to apply for this position. Severely disabled applicants with equal aptitude will be given preferential consideration. Experimental Immunogenetics in Insects

A 3 year PhD position is available to study the evolution of insect innate immunity combining experimental work and a multi-OMICs approach. The project involves comparative analysis of the gene expression response of several insect species against generalist pathogens, as well as studying the epigenomic mechanisms in shaping this response. The focus will be on genetic novelty (i.e. new genes) and understanding how and how often they emerged and acquired immune function in the evolutionary history of insects. The project will be supervised by Dr. Vincent Doublet in the Functional Biodiversity group (Prof. Lena Wilfert).

This project will be part of a multi-team program across Germany focusing on genetic innovation in insects . The goal of the DFG funded Priority Programme GEvol is to collaboratively and interdisciplinarily exploit new computational and OMICS methods to reveal the history of genomes in the insect taxon by comparative genomics. This priority project will provide opportunities for training in bioinformatics for PhD candidates and offers excellent opportunities for collaboration and networking with leading institutes in evolutionary biology, in addition to planned collaborations with Prof. Roth (Uni Köln), Prof. Becker (TiHo Hannover) and Prof. Korb (Uni Freiburg).

At the Institute of Evolutionary Ecology and Conservation Genomics of Ulm, you will work in an interactive and international environment with studies on diverse topics in evolutionary ecology, including host-pathogen interactions (Prof. Wilfert), conservation genomics/EcoHealth (Prof. Sommer) and pollinator ecology (Profs. Ayasse & Tschapka).

Your profile:

  • a relevant Master in evolutionary ecology, molecular biology or a related field
  • excellent oral and written English language skills
  • expertise in molecular techniques and experimentation with live animals
  • experience in NGS sequencing would be desirable
  • analytical skills in molecular evolution, statistics and bioinformatics would be desirable
  • ideally, you should have experience in experimental infections of insects

Your responsibilities:

  • insect rearing and experimental infection of insects
  • RNA extractions and sequencing library preparations
  • analyzing gene expression and molecular evolution of immune genes
  • comparative genomic analyses
  • presenting results at international conferences and manuscript preparation

Seize the opportunity and join us in shaping the future of the University!

> Reference no.:22127
> Application deadline:25.09.2022

Hiring is done by the Central University Administration.

Your contact for further information:
Dr. Vincent Doublet, phone +49 731 50-30616

We look forward to your application via our online application portal.

> Scope:Part-time 65%
> Temporary:until 30.09.2025
> Remuneration:TV-L EG 13
> Start:from 01.01.2023

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