PhD studentship investigating the role of genetic shifts in success of
invasive plant species
The Bio-Protection Research Centre, Lincoln University, New Zealand is
offering a fully funded PhD studentship addressing the contemporary
evolution of invasive weeds. This is a fantastic opportunity for a
student wanting to bridge the disciplines of ecology and bioinformatics
using cutting-edge molecular techniques with real world applications.
The student will become a key member of a national research team
undertaking an integrated project examining phenotypic variation, niche
shifts and local adaptation in invasive plant species using globally-
distributed weeds in the genus Rumex (dock) as a study system.
The PhD project aims to examine the genetic basis of performance
differences in invasive plants between the native and introduced range.
Applying a range of molecular and genomic technologies, the student will
determine the extent of genotypic variation among and within populations
of invasive plant species in the native (Europe) and introduced range
(New Zealand) and apply experimental approaches to identify the benefits
of genetic admixture in plant invasions.
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There is scope within the research for the successful candidate to
explore their own particular interests and the outcomes of other ongoing
experiments within the larger project.
The scholarship provides an annual stipend of NZD$28,000 a year tax-
free, covers full university fees and approximately NZD$10,000
additional support a year towards operating expenses. The duration of
the scholarship is three years. The successful candidate will be based
at Lincoln University, Canterbury, New Zealand.
Applicants for this project should hold a first class or high 2A honours
degree, or equivalent, in a relevant area, preferably with interest in
population genetics, molecular ecology and/or bioinformatics and a
desire to combine both field and laboratory analyses. The position is
open to applicants of any nationality, provided they are fluent in
English, able to obtain a student visa and eligible for admission to the
PhD program at Lincoln University, New Zealand.
Applications should include evidence of qualifications and research
experience, together with a curriculum vitae and contact details of
three academic referees. Applications should be supported by a cover
letter that states why the candidate is interested in the PhD project
and how their qualifications would map onto the proposed research.
Please email complete applications to Professor Philip Hulme
Deadline for applications is 24 June 2017, with an expected start date
prior to 1 December 2017