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Friday, August 21, 2009

Ph.D. Position, Evolutionary ecology of host-parasite systems, Switzerland

ETH Zurich, Institute of Integrative Biology (IBZ)

The Experimental Ecology Group (Paul Schmid-Hempel) is seeking to fill a

Ph.D. Position

(Evolutionary ecology of host-parasite systems) to work on questions of host-parasite interactions using Bombus spp. and theirparasites as the study system. In particular, the project would investigate the natural diversity of host species and their infections (of Crithidia bombi in particular).

Our questions ultimately relate to the co-evolutionary dynamics of the host interactions with parasites, the epidemic processes in natural populations, or the spread and effect of infectious parasites in ecological communities of host species. We work with molecular tools but the project would focus on ecological questions. In particular, little is known about the occurrence, distribution and correlates of parasitism in the diverse sets of Bombus species. The project aims at gathering this knowledge and using it to test some concepts of ecological theory and host-parasite coevolution. Problems of species invasion might be a particular topic in this context. Although the prime motivation is questions of basic importance, the project is embedded in a larger set of studies conducted at ETH addressing the significance of ecological and genetic variation in natural systems with respect to disease, climatic change and environmental degradation.


The ideal candidate likes to work with this system, has an interest at the crossroads of ecology, genetics and evolution and a background in any of the relevant fields. Salaryand other conditions in accordance with local regulations. The normal duration of aPhD at ETH is 3 years.

Special conditions for acceptance into the PhD program ofETH may apply; a degree equivalent to a M.Sc. is normally required. Preferred starting date autumn 2009 or shortly thereafter. Please send applications, with CV, names of referees, and short statement of your interests in this position to Prof. Paul Schmid-Hempel, preferably by email (psh@env.ethz.ch). Screening of applications will start 31 August 2009 or until post is filled. For more information, you may check our web page (www.eco.ethz.ch).


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