PhD student position

Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig - Leibniz Institute for Animal Biodiversity (ZFMK), Bonn

The Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig in Bonn (ZFMK) invites applications for a 3 years

PhD position

starting between Nov. 2019 and Jan. 2020.

The position is part of the project "Short-legged daddy longlegs: An integrative and comprehensive approach to unravel the evolution of the enigmatic spiders of the daddy longlegs subfamily Ninetinae (Araneae: Pholcidae)”. The interdisciplinary joint research of seven partner institutes[1] is led by the Zoological Research Museum Koenig and funded for 3 years by the German Research Foundation (DFG, HU980/12-1). The focus of this project is on an enigmatic group of spiders that we aim to study with a variety of approaches, applying a wide range of traditional and cutting-edge methods in Systematics and Evolution, Biogeography, and Evolutionary Morphology and Biology.

We seek an enthusiastic and highly motivated candidate to cover much of the molecular work and phylogenetic data analysis in this project. He/she will work in the Center for Molecular Biodiversity Research at the ZFMK in Bonn, in close cooperation with Dr Lars Podsiadlowski at ZFMK and with Dr Dimitar Dimitrov (Norway).

The main task of the PhD student is to do laboratory work (DNA isolation, PCR, anchored hybrid enrichment), bioinformatic processing of the sequence data and phylogenetic analysis of the resulting datasets. Basic experience of molecular lab techniques and bioinformatic skills in handling of large scale sequence data are a prerequisite. The candidate is expected to acquire and develop new skills, but we welcome prior knowledge in theory and methods of molecular phylogenetic approaches. The candidate should have a Master’s degree in biology or a related discipline. The candidate should be highly motivated and with a strong enthusiasm for biodiversity and phylogenetics.

The Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig (ZFMK) is one of three natural history research museums in the Leibniz Association and a lead institute in the documentation, research, and interpretation of animal biodiversity. The combination of classical museum work and various cutting-edge approaches with a modern molecular laboratory at the Center for Molecular Biodiversity Research and a state-of-the-art high-performance computing cluster offers a highly motivating and stimulating research environment.

Applications should include:

  • Letter of motivation (relevant skills, experience and research interests)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Official BSc and/ or MSc certificates
  • Contact details of two (ideally academic) references

The ZFMK advocates gender equality and women are therefore strongly encouraged to apply. Equally qualified severely handicapped applicants will be given preference.

Please submit your application electronically as a single PDF file until August 31, 2019 to Mrs. Heike Lenz: h.lenz(at)leibniz-zfmk.de.

Questions concerning the project in general may be directed to Dr Bernhard Huber (b.huber(at)leibniz-zfmk.de), those on planned molecular methodology to Dr Lars Podsiadlowski (lars(at)cgae.de).

[1] Partners are the Zoological Research Museum Koenig, Bonn; Zoologisches Museum der Universität Greifswald; Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil; Universidade Federal do Piauí, Brazil; Universidad Nacional de Cordoba, Argentina; Instituto de Biología UNAM, Tlaxcala, Mexico; Natural History Museum, University of Bergen, Norway.

For more information about the museum see http://www.zfmk.de.