Specifications - (explanation)
|Location||Science Park Amsterdam|
|Function types||PhD positions|
|Scientific fields||Natural Sciences|
|Hours||38.0 hours per week|
|Salary||€ 2042 - € 2612|
|About employer||University of Amsterdam (UvA)|
The Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED) is one of the eight research institutes of the Faculty of Science. IBED covers a wide range of subjects, in both fundamental and applied research. Our scientific studies aim at a better understanding of the dynamics of ecosystems at all relevant levels, from genes to climate change, using a truly multidisciplinary approach. This vacancy is in the IBED-research group Evolutionary Biology, the group Chemical Communications, led by Dr. Astrid T. Groot.
Finding the right mating partner is crucial for all sexually reproducing species. Variation in sexual attraction between populations is hypothesized to be important in the speciation process. Moths are ideal animals to study the evolution of sexual attraction and how this is involved in speciation, because in moths females attract males purely chemically, through a well-defined species-specific sex pheromone. Recently, in one moth species (Heliothis subflexa) we found that females change their signal when emerged in the odor of a closely related species1. Such phenotypic plasticity has not been explored in moth sexual communication before. This project aims to assess the level and extent of phenotypic plasticity in female signals, determine the heritability of phenotypic plasticity in female signals, possibly followed by epigenetic analysis, and asses phenotypic plasticity in male response.
1Groot et al. 2010. J. Evol. Biol. 23: 2731-2738
- Master’s in biology, preferably with a background in evolutionary biology;
- experience in developing and conducting bioassays is a plus;
- experience in molecular biology (DNA and RNA extractions, PCR, qPCR, cloning, analyzing sequences) is a plus.
Conditions of employment
The full-time appointment will be on a temporary basis for a maximum period of four years (18 months plus a further 30 months after a positive evaluation) and should lead to a dissertation (PhD thesis). The PhD student is also expected to assist in teaching of undergraduates. The full-time gross monthly salary will range from €2,042 in the first year to €2,612 in the final year, according to the Dutch salary scales for PhD students. The Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities is applicable. The annual salary will be increased by 8 % holiday allowance and 8,3 % end-of-year bonus.
The Faculty of Science occupies a leading position internationally in its fields of research and participates in a large number of cooperative programmes with universities, research institutes and businesses. The faculty has a student body of around 4,000 and 1,500 members of staff, spread over eight research institutes and a number of faculty-wide support services. A considerable part of the research is made possible by external funding from Dutch and international organisations and the private sector. The Faculty of Science offers eleven Bachelor's degree programmes and nineteen Master’s degree programmes in the fields of the exact sciences, computer science and information studies, and life and earth sciences.
Since September 2010, the whole faculty has been housed in a brand new building at the Science Park in Amsterdam. The instalment of the faculty has made the Science Park one of the largest centres of academic research in the Netherlands.