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PhD positions in Population Genetics

The Vienna Graduate School of Population Genetics offers PhD positions.

04.02.2022 – 21.04.2022

Over the past years, Vienna has developed into one of the leading centres of population genetics. The Vienna Graduate School of Population Genetics has been founded to provide a training opportunity for PhD students to build on this excellent on-site expertise.

They invite applications from highly motivated and outstanding students with a love for evolutionary research and a background in one of the following disciplines: evolutionary genetics, functional genetics, theoretical or experimental population genetics, bioinformatics, mathematics, statistics.

Topics include:

  • Did selfish DNA from Neanderthals infect our human genomes?
  • Evolution from de novo mutations - influence of elevated mutation rates
  • Evolution of sex-specific neuronal signaling
  • Impact of para-mutations on the invasion dynamics of TEs
  • Inference of selection signatures from time-series data
  • Invasion dynamics of different TEs
  • Leveraging long-read sequencing for population genetics of TEs
  • Long-term dynamics of local Drosophila populations
  • Studying the evolution of gene expression with single cell RNA-Seq
  • Studying speciation during experimental evolution
  • Temperature adaptation in Drosophila: phenotypic adaptation

Only complete applications (application form, CV, motivation letter, university certificates, indication of the two preferred topics in a single pdf) received by April 21, 2022 will be considered. Two letters of recommendation need to be sent directly by the referees.

PhD students will receive a monthly salary based on currently €2.237,60 before tax according to the regulations of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF).

All information about the about available topics, the training program and the application procedure can be found at