We have PhD position available to start in October 2016 at the University Göttingen (3 yrs, 75% E 13 TV-L).
The main aim of the project will be to study intra-specific variation in compound eye size in Drosophila melanogaster. The successful PhD candidate will address this question by analyzing the genetic basis of eye size variation in various inbred strains of the Drosophila melanogaster Genetic Reference Panel (DGRP). For all DGRP lines genome sequences are available. For representative strains, developmental transcriptome data using RNAseq will be generated so that data across several scales (genome, transcriptome, phenotype) can be integrated. Similar data will be generated for artificial selection experiments based on a subset of the DGRP fly lines. The successful candidate will work in an interdisciplinary team at the Department of Animal Sciences (Prof. Dr. Henner Simianer) and the Department of Developmental Biology (Dr. Nico Posnien) as well as during an extended research stay in the group of one of the international collaborators overseas.
Please visit the website of the Research Training Group “Scaling Problems in Statistics” (http://www.uni-goettingen.de/en/156579.html) for more details about the general setting of this position.
A detailed description of the project, information about the application procedure and further requirements are available here: http://tinyurl.com/gn3az25
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