PhD position in Freshwater Evolutionary Ecology

Deadline: 31 March 2017

A PhD position in freshwater evolutionary ecology is available in the School of Environment at the University of Auckland.  The position is associated with a project, funded by the Royal Society of New Zealand’s Marsden Fund, which examines contemporary evolution of consumers in response to thermal change.  The project uses populations of mosquitofish that have independently invaded geothermal systems in New Zealand and California, USA as model systems.  Field and laboratory work will be conducted in both countries and entail collaboration with colleagues at the University of Auckland, the University of California Santa Cruz (USA) and the University of Maine (USA). Work will include field and laboratory assays of behavioral, morphological and physiological traits.  Comparative studies and mesocosm experiments will be used to examine divergence in the ecological role of fish in the context of evolutionary and metabolic theories.

The successful candidate will have demonstrated experience in or potential for research dealing with evolutionary and ecological processes in freshwater systems.  Candidates should have a willingness and demonstrated ability to conduct field and laboratory work.  The position begins in July 2017 and includes funds covering a stipend and university fees. Domestic and international students are encouraged to apply and applicants must meet the University of Auckland’s criteria for entry into the PhD programme.

To apply, please send a cover letter, CV, and the names and contact information for three references to: Dr. Kevin Simon (k.simon@auckland.ac.nz).