PhD positions in population genetics

apply by 16 May 2021

Over the past years, Vienna has developed into one of the leading centres of population genetics. The Vienna Graduate School of Population Genetics has been founded to provide a training opportunity for PhD students to build on this excellent on-site expertise.

We invite applications from highly motivated and outstanding students with a love for evolutionary research and a background in one of the following disciplines: evolutionary genetics, functional genetics, theoretical or experimental population genetics, bioinformatics, mathematics, statistics.

Topics include:

  • Evolution from de novo mutations - influence of elevated mutation rates.
  • Evolution of sex-specific neuronal signaling.
  • Genome evolution in columbines.
  • Inference of selection signatures from time-series data.
  • Long-term dynamics of local Drosophila populations.
  • Molecular evolution of coding sequences.
  • Molecular genetics of epigenetics.
  • Seed ecology.
  • Structural variation and genome evolution.
  • Temperature adaptation in Drosophila: phenotypic adaptation.
  • The sources of diversity shaping adaptive radiation.
  • Understanding polygenic adaptation.

Only complete applications (application form, CV, motivation letter, university certificates, indication of the two preferred topics in a single pdf) received by 16th of May will be considered. Two letters of recommendation need to be sent directly by the referees.

Depending on the project, PhD degrees will be awarded either in genetics, mathematics or statistics. PhD students will receive a monthly salary based on currently EUR 2.237,60 before tax according to the regulations of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF).

All information about the about available topics, the training program and the application procedure can be found at

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