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[Celegans] PhD on C. elegans-pathogen coevolution

Hinrich Schulenburg via celegans%40net.bio.net (by hinrich.schulenburg from uni-tuebingen.de)
Fri May 4 01:32:08 EST 2007

PhD on Experimental host-parasite coevolution

The PhD project aims at a comprehensive experimental test of the  
consequences of host-parasite co-evolution. It is based on a selection  
experiment followed by extensive phenotypic and molecular analysis.  
The approach relies on a unique model system, consisting of the  
nematode Caenorhabditis elegans as a host and its micro-parasite  
Bacillus thuringiensis, which are both ideally suited to experimental  
analysis. The results of this project are expected to have an impact  
on four biological research themes that are of particular current  
interest: the animal innate immune system, bacterial virulence,  
life-history trade-offs, and the generation of biological diversity.

The project is supervised by Dr. Hinrich Schulenburg and funded by the  
German Science Foundation (SCHU 1415/5-1; position according to 13  
TV-L/2). It is based in the Department of Animal Evolutionary Ecology  
at the University of Tübingen, Germany. The department is active in  
various fields of evolutionary ecology and it provides an  
international and interactive atmosphere.

Requirements for the position: High motivation, excellent background  
in evolutionary ecology (especially host-parasite evolution) and  
statistics, knowledge of basic molecular techniques (PCR, fragment  
analysis), handling of complex experimental set-up, teamwork, ideally  
some experience with C. elegans or bacteria, fluency in English.

Please send applications with CV, brief statement of research  
interests, and two references, as a pdf-file by email to  
hinrich.schulenburg<at>uni-tuebingen.de. Deadline for applications:  
1st June 2007. Start of position: September 2007. Women are especially  
encouraged to apply. Severely handicapped people will be  
preferentially considered in case of equivalent qualifications. For  
further details + questions, send an email to  
hinrich.schulenburg<at>uni-tuebingen.de or check:  

Dr. Hinrich Schulenburg
Department of Animal Evolutionary Ecology
Zoological Institute
University of Tuebingen
Auf der Morgenstelle 28
72076 Tuebingen
Tel.: +49-7071-2975342
Fax: +49-7071-295634
Email: hinrich.schulenburg from uni-tuebingen.de

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