PhD Scholarship in Animal Ecology at Uppsala University

Applicants are invited to apply for a PhD position in evolutionary biology at Uppsala University. The funds for this fellowship are available for four years. The deadline for applying is June 12, 2019.

The Evolutionary Biology Centre ( is one of the world's leading research institutions in evolutionary biology. It is part of Uppsala University, which has been ranked very high among all European Universities in the subject of animal ecology and evolutionary biology. Our lab is part of the Program of Animal Ecology that excels in many aspects of genetics and evolution and offers an inspiring international atmosphere. There are ample opportunities for interaction with PhD-students, PostDocs and researchers working on related topics. We are tightly linked to the Science for Life Laboratory ( and have access to advanced laboratory infrastructure, high performance computing resources and bioinformatics support.

Project description: Earth is permeated by a remarkably rich flora and fauna, from the highest mountains to the deepest seas and lakes. Unfortunately, biological diversity is disappearing at a fast and accelerating pace. To preserve the biological diversity it is important to understand the two ways that underlie changes in species diversity: extinction and speciation. So far, most studies have been focused on understanding mechanisms of extinction, since speciation traditionally has been seen as a slow process that 'only adds new species to the existing ones'. Recent research efforts challenge this picture and require that we reassess the roles of both speciation and extinction in generation and maintenance of biodiversity. Speciation can occur quickly, especially when the process acts in reverse - i.e. where a new species develops from two parental species through hybridization. In this project, we aim to characterize and quantify mechanisms that affect how species boundaries dissolve in freshwater lakes. Particular focus will be on the common bream and the white bream (Abramis sp.), two closely related freshwater fish species that currently hybridize to some extent and that run the risk of collapsing into a single unit (gene-pool). The PhD project will contain a range of approaches including genetic studies, field and lab experiments and mathematical modelling. A major aim will be to derive a risk analysis for loss of biodiversity in Swedish freshwater lakes. The project is a collaboration between Richard Svanbck (main advisor; richard.svanback[at] och Nicklas Backstrm (niclas.backstrom[at] vid Uppsala Universitet samt ke Brnnstrm vid Ume Universitet (co-advisor; ake.brannstrom[at]

Qualifications required: To be eligible for a PhD-student position the applicant must hold a master degree (or equivalent) biology or a relevant field. Some experience with mathematics, bioinformatic analysis and/or programming will be necessary to carry out the projects. Candidates must be able to express themselves fluently in spoken as well as written English.

Position: Temporary position according to the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5 7. The graduate program covers four years of full-time study. The position can be combined with teaching or other duties at the department (maximum 20%), which prolongs the employment with the corresponding time. The salary will be set according to local agreements. Rules governing PhD candidates are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 5, 1-7 and in Uppsala university’s rules and guidelines More information about postgraduate studies at Uppsala University is available at

Deadline: June 12, 2019
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