Two MSc/PhD positions available in Plant Genomics & Biodiversity at the Plant Ecophysiology & Evolution Group, Guangxi University, Nanning, China

The Plant Ecophysiology and Evolution Group at Guangxi University (Nanning, China) is seeking two highly motivated and productive International MSc or PhD students to engage in 3/4-year projects in Plant Genomics, Molecular Systematics, Biogeography and Plant Taxonomy. Multiple topics are available and can be further determined upon application, including one or a combination of the following themes:

(1) Plant Genomics – Understanding the geographic distribution and evolution of genetic diversity between species and within populations; understanding the role of isolation in the establishment of genetic divergence and speciation.

(2) Plant Biogeography & Evolution – Temporal and spatial reconstruction of patterns of plant diversification in Asia and the Indian Ocean region in selected families and genera. Of particular interest to us are the roles of morphological/molecular change in adaptation and plant speciation on
oceanic islands, where environments undergo substantial change over the course of an island’s lifespan.

(3) Plant Taxonomy – There are several exciting opportunities for students to take part in the revision and reconstruction of a new regional Flora. Projects will involve training in taxonomy, nomenclature and fieldwork, but also include training in molecular systematics, phylogenetics and the most recent developments in the field.

Students will enroll in the International Graduate Program at the College of Forestry for 3-4-year projects, with complete waivers for tuition- and housing-fees. Housing will be provided in the International Student dormitories of the campus in Nanning. The first year consists of orientation and study of the Chinese language through courses. The following years will be filled with fieldwork,professional courses and the research project.

Applications are now invited for an intended starting date of projects in September 2016. The application deadline is March 31, 2016. Fellowships come with an ample monthly allowance for the
full duration of the project. Applicants with a proven track record of successful publication in peer-reviewed journals will have an advantage in applying.

Opportunities for the development of individual research projects as well as collaborative work, exist within our lab and with external groups. Candidates will be integrated in a growing and multidisciplinary team of Chinese and foreign researchers, providing a creative and stimulating research environment=2C and will work as part of a team studying genomics, evolution and taxonomy of selected taxa in Asia and the Indian Ocean region. Prior knowledge of Chinese is not mandatory as
courses form an integral part of the curriculum=2C and the working language in our research groups is English. Projects will be supervised by Associate Prof. Joeri S. Strijk ([email protected]).

Our research team is part of the College of Forestry, under the State Key Laboratory of Conservation and Utilization of Subtropical Agro-bioresources, which houses a wide range of laboratories and research groups. We are located in the heart of the large Nanning city campus, with easy access to on-campus housing and day-to-day facilities for life on campus. Guangxi University (>25=2C000 students) in subtropical Nanning is part of the National 211 University Scheme of China (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_211) and aims to become a major research hub in Southern China.
The city forms the natural gateway to South-East Asia, with Vietnam a mere 300kms away and direct
international connecting flights available to most major cities in Asia from the new Nanning International Airport.

Please visit our website for more information on our group, it’s members and their research:

http://www.plant-ecophysiology-evolution.com/

To apply for a position, please email a statement of research interests and goals=2C a curriculum vitae,
and the email addresses of three references directly to:

Associate Prof. Joeri S. Strijk ([email protected]).

Review of applications will begin immediately.

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