PhD Projects 2016

This is the list of our 2016 PhD projects. All projects are fully funded for at least 3 years. Application deadline was January 15, 2016.

Open PhD positions for own proposal elaboration within Organismal Biology
Keywords Organismal Biology, behaviour, ecology, evolution, physiology, neurobiology
Advisor to be contacted with an own research proposal more
The Anseriform Genome Project: Comparative Genomics of Waterfowl

Keywords: genomics, speciation, hybridisation, immune gene evolution, disease ecology, avian influenza

Main advisors: Robert Kraus, Inge Müller, Martin Wikelski, MPIO Radolfzell

Collective behaviours and social structure in animal populations

Keywords self-organisation, collective animal behaviour, social networks, tracking, natural selection, multi-level selection, evolution, phenotypic traits, group composition, vocal communications

Main advisor Damien Farine, MPIO Radolfzell / University Konstanz

The mechanisms and evolution of social influence
Keywords sociality, hierarchy, optimality, learning, neurobiology, adaptation, selection, ecology, cichlid, invertebrate, tracking 
Main advisor Alex Jordan, MPIO Radolfzell / University Konstanz more
Molecular mechanisms of the repeated evolution of adaptive color patterns in cichlid fishes
Keywords parallel evolution, coloration, cichlid fishes, forward genetics, evo-devo
Advisor Axel Meyer + Claudius Kratochwil, University of Konstanz more
The evolution of avian sweet taste perception

Keywords sensory perception, convergent evolution, taste behavior, cell-culture assays, frugivory, nectarivory, diet, digestive physiology, T1Rs
Main advisor Maude Baldwin, MPIO Seewiesen

<p>Bird Behavioural Ecology</p>

Keywords mate choice, extra-pair paternity, sperm competition, inbreeding, biostatistics, GPS tracking, PIT-tag, pair bond, quantitative genetics, macro-evolution
Advisors Wolfgang Forstmeier, Mihai Valcu, Bart Kempenaers, MPIO Seewiesen

<p>Avian Evolutionary Genetics</p>

Keywords genomic conflicts,quantitative genetics, population genomics, QTL-mapping, bioinformatics, biostatistics, genomic selection signatures, sex-biased expression, transcriptomics
Advisors Wolfgang Forstmeier, Jakob Mueller, MPIO Seewiesen

<strong>Collective Animal Behaviour</strong>
Keywords swarm, schooling, behavior, information, fish, locusts, tracking, computer vision, virtual reality, self-organization, decision-making, individual differences, evolution
Main adviser Iain Couzin, MPIO Radolfzell / University Konstanz more

Interested in one of these PhD projects? Apply here!

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