Paid internships in evolutionary and ecological genetics (IST Austria)

apply by March 10

Nick Barton's group at the Institute of Science and Technology (IST) Austria ( is currently recruiting two paid scientific interns to assist with a long-term study of plant speciation in the common snapdragon, Antirrhinum majus. The positions will begin in early-mid May 2022, for a minimum of 6 months and up to 12 months (open to discussion).

­The project: We study evolutionary dynamics and speciation in snapdragons. The study, which has been running since 2009, involves fieldwork in natural hybrid zones between two subspecies with flower colour differences. The goal is to understand how different evolutionary forces—like natural selection—have shaped this diversity.

The positions: We are looking for people to help support the project by (i) participating in fieldwork, (ii) assisting with the daily management of field volunteers, and (iii) providing technical and scientific support after the fieldwork is complete. The internship will have 2 phases: for the first 3 months (during the field work), the applicants will be based in the Spanish Pyrenees near the town of Planoles; the second phase will be based at the Institute of Science and Technology (IST) Austria. All costs of the fieldwork (travel, food, accommodation, covid testing, and insurance) are covered, and affordable accommodation in Austria is available through IST Austria (at the expense of the applicant).

Essential skills: The applicants must be enthusiastic, hardworking, and be comfortable working outdoors. Strong communication skills, organization skills, and the ability to live and work well with others are a must. A driving license is essential.

Desirable skills: Ideal applicants will have some fieldwork experience and have a strong interest in evolution, ecology and/or speciation. Prior research experience, including the curation and analysis of data, would be helpful. The ability to speak Catalan and/or Spanish is very useful. Applicants from Catalonia and Spain are especially welcome.

How to apply: Applicants should send a motivation letter (addressing the skills mentioned above), CV and the names two references to Sean Stankowski ( The review of applications will start on the 10th of March and will remain open until filled.

More information: Questions about the positions can be sent to the address above. More information about scientific internships at IST can be found on the IST Austria website

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