The genetic basis of mate choice in bats

We are looking to recruit a PhD student for an ERC-funded project on mate choice in wild horseshoe bats. The student will study a UK population, in which parental combinations are known to be non-random and male paternity success is skewed. Mate decisions might be based on overall relatedness between partners, or on specific genetic profiles. For example, data from other taxa indicate MHC loci are important, although currently little is known about MHC diversity in bats.

webghnw231115For this project the student will combine parentage and pedigree analyses based on neutral and functional genetic markers. This project will also involve collaboration with colleagues from the University of Bristol and Queen Mary University of London. Training will be provided in molecular methods (DNA isolation, PCR, sequencing, microsatellite genotyping, genome data assembly) and statistical analyses (pedigree construction, population genetics analyses). The student will also assist with some fieldwork.

Potential applicants are encouraged to submit an informal application (CV and covering letter outlining your suitability for the position) to Stephen Rossiter (s.j.rossiter@qmul.ac.uk) before the formal deadline.

Start date: January 2015 (earlier start date is possible)
Deadline for formal applications: 18 September 2014 via the department web page.

Other keywords: mammals, parentage, mate choice, bats

Essential skills, qualities and knowledge:

A First Class or Upper Second Class degree (or equivalent) in a relevant biological discipline (biology, zoology, genetics, bioinformatics) is essential

A Master’s degree (or equivalent experience)

Strong background in evolutionary biology

Experience of performing evolutionary analyses

Experience of handling large DNA sequence datasets

Strong work ethic and a positive attitude

Self-motivated, well-organized and willingness to respond to constructive criticism

Ability to work closely with others, and participate in the life and research activities of the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences at QMUL

A driving licence would be useful.

Funding Notes:
This funding is available to all UK and EU nationals

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