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PhD position on the evolution of sexual dimorphism in life-histories, at Uppsala University

A PhD position is available at Animal Ecology, the Department of Ecology and Genetics, Evolutionary Biology Centre, Uppsala University, Sweden, starting spring 2016.

Research focus

Males and females often have different optimal life histories (for example regarding rate of reproduction and lifespan), but they largely share the same genome. This leads to conflicts over trait expression. We expect stronger conflict when individuals mate with multiple partners over life and weaker conflict under monogamy, because then the evolutionary interests of the sexes align. The conflict can be resolved by decoupling the genetic basis of the trait, allowing evolution of sexual dimorphism, but the evolutionary processes leading to such sexual dimorphism remain poorly understood. This project will use quantitative genetic methods combined with experimental evolution in the nematode worm, C. remanei, to investigate how different mating systems lead to changes in the genetic basis of sexual conflict over evolutionary time.


The ideal candidate will have a keen interest and documented knowledge in evolutionary ecology. You are motivated, highly reliable, driven and well-organised, with the ability to work both independently and in a group. The position requires an MSc degree (or equivalent) in evolution, ecology or a related field and fluency in spoken and written English. Strong statistical skills are a plus.


The candidate will receive her/his postgraduate training within the postgraduate school at the Evolutionary Biology Centre ( The postgraduate training comprises four years of full time studies and entitles the holder to salary according to local salary rules and full social benefits. The position can be combined with up to 20% of teaching assistantship, which will then prolong the position accordingly.

The environment

The Evolutionary Biology Centre (EBC, is one of the world’s leading research institutions in evolutionary biology and part of Uppsala University ­ the oldest university in Scandinavia. Uppsala University, ranked top among European Universities in the subject of biology (CHE European ranking), attracts approximately 45.000 students from all over the world, creating an international and stimulating research environment as well as providing a multitude of opportunities for collaboration and socializing. The city of Uppsala is a vibrant college town, less than an hour by train from Stockholm (and even closer to Arlanda International Airport), with beautiful and easily accessible surroundings.

How to apply

The application should include (1) a cover letter describing your research interests and experience and outlining your motivation to work on this project, (2) a detailed CV describing your education and listing authored publications (if any), (3) an accredited copy of your MSc degree or equivalent (if available at time of application), and (4), names and contact information (address, email address, and phone number) of two academic references. The application should be written in English or Swedish and should be sent via e-mail as a single pdf file to Review of applications will start on February 15th, but candidates will be considered until the position is filled. The starting date can be discussed but ideally early this year. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me:

Elisabeth Bolund, PhD

Associate Professor
Animal Ecology
Department of Ecology and Genetics
Evolutionary Biology Centre
Uppsala University
Norbyvägen 18D
Uppsala, SE-752 36

Phone: +46(0)18-4712613