PhD positions in population genetics

Apply by 21 April, 2022

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:

  • Did selfish DNA from Neanderthals infect our human genomes?
  • Evolution from de novo mutations - influence of elevated mutation rates.
  • Evolution of sex-specific neuronal signaling.
  • Impact of para-mutations on the invasion dynamics of TEs.
  • Inference of selection signatures from time-series data.
  • Invasion dynamics of different TEs.
  • Leveraging long-read sequencing for population genetics of TEs.
  • Long-term dynamics of local Drosophila populations.
  • Studying the evolution of gene expression with single cell RNA-Seq.
  • Studying speciation during experimental evolution.
  • Temperature adaptation in Drosophila: phenotypic adaptation.

Only complete applications (application form, CV, motivation letter, university certificates, indication of the two preferred topics in a single pdf) received by 21st of April 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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