Location Monash University, School of Biological Sciences
Discipline
App. deadline Applications accepted year round/until filled
Funding
  • Scholarship available
Eligibility Open to international applicants

The role of hybridization during biological invasions

PhD positions available on the role of hybridization during biological invasions

The Hodgins lab (Monash University, www.hodginslab.com) and the Cousens lab (The University of Melbourne) are currently seeking outstanding PhD candidates interested in studying plant ecological genomics. In collaboration with Dr Loren Rieseberg (University of British Columbia), we have been recently awarded an Australian Research Council Discovery Project to study the role of hybridization during biological invasions and we are seeking PhD students to work on this project.

Hybridisation has been thought to aid invasion by introducing genetic novelty, but traditional approaches have been ineffective at evaluating alternatives. This deficiency will be addressed by capitalising on replicate hybrid zones of the same species, applying new methods on an expansive genomic dataset, and developing novel simulations to resolve how hybridisation and colonisation interact. The expected outcome will be a rigorous empirical evaluation of three candidate processes. This project has the potential to significantly advance our understanding of how colonisation and hybridisation shape the evolutionary trajectory of species in general.

The project can commence any time during 2018 and will be developed in collaboration with the student. Teaching is not required for the duration of the PhD (3.5 years in Australia). Research funding as well as attendance in one conference per year is guaranteed.

Successful candidates will be fully funded for 3.5 years with an annual tax-free stipend of approximately $26,000 AUD, which includes tuition and medical cover. Fully funded PhD stipends are available for either international students or domestic students. 

International students are should apply before March 1 2018 for a July-December start date or August 1 2018 for a January start date.

Melbourne is diverse and thriving city with a desirable climate. It is one of the most livable cities in the world and is a cultural and recreational hub.

Monash University and The University of Melbourne are members of the Group of Eight, a coalition of top Australian universities recognized for their excellence in teaching and research.

All applicants must have the equivalent of at least six months fulltime independent research experience (e.g., an honours or a masters) and excellent grades. A publication in an international journal is an asset.

 Please send your CV, a transcript, a brief statement of your research interests and the contact details of two referees to kathryn.hodgins@monash.edu.



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Further Information / Application Enquiries

Dr Kathryn Hodgins
+61 3 9905 0768