We are seeking highly motivated PhD student with background in animal experimental biology and a general interest in ecological and evolutionary physiology for our SONATA BIS NCN funded project „Age-related heat balance as explanation for age related decline in reproductive output: applying the heat dissipation limit theory on specific animal models”.
- MSc in life science (biology, ecology, evolution, zoology or related),
- interest in ecology and evolutionary biology,
- interest and experience in experimental work with vertebrate animals,
- excitement to perform research in an international team,
- excitement to perform research in the laboratory and field,
- analytical thinking, creativity and high motivation in learning new methods.
- good communication skills,
- good level of spoken and written English,
- students must be accepted as PhD student at Institute of Environmental Sciences JU.
Reproduction represents an extremely energy demanding phase in the animal life cycle. Both mammals and birds show an age dependent decline in reproductive output, however, the causes for this decline are not understood. The heat dissipation limit theory (HDL) proposes the heat balance of endotherms as the limiting factor during reproduction. According to the HDL, the rate at which animals can dissipate excess body heat produced can set limits to the total energy budget of endotherms. If the HDL theory is indeed true than the effect of HDL can be more profound in old animals. However, results of empirical research testing HDL are in general ambiguous and in particular so far not available in an aging contexts. We will use two avian model species: great tits in the field and zebra finches in the laboratory; and also two unique mammalian models: a strain of laboratory mice with ablation of UCP1 and our experimental evolution model system of bank voles selected for high metabolic rate and unselected control voles. We will measure components of energy budgets in an experiment with manipulation of heat dissipation capacity performed on differently aged animals.
Deadline for application 04 July 2018
Form of application: e-mail
Conditions of employment
We offer scholarship for 36 months of 2000 PLN / month.
The recruitment and enrollment in the PhD program consists of a three-step procedure.
In the first step, applicant should send CV (academic achievements included, 2 page maximum) and cover letter in English explaining their interest before the end of June. Give the names and email addresses of two people with first-hand knowledge of your skills and past research experience. The application must contain the following statement: "I hereby give consent for my personal data included in my offer to be processed for the purposes of recruitment, in accordance with the Personal Data Protection Act dated August, 29,1997 (uniform text: Journal of Laws of the Republic of Poland 2014 item 1182 with further amendments)". Send your completed application in a single pdf file to the principal investigator: firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the second step of the recruitment procedure comprises of the exams for the PhD program at the Institute of Environmental Sciences at Jagiellonian University. There are two options: standard PhD program (http://www.wb.uj.edu.pl/studia/studia-3-stopnia-biologia; registration: https://www.erk.uj.edu.pl/studia/4254/1/s) or PhD Program in Biology in English (http://www.wb.uj.edu.pl/studia/phd-biology/recruitment; registration: https://www.erk.uj.edu.pl/studia/4540/1/s). The registration through the OAS system ends at 4th of July 2018 and the entrance exam will be between 10 and 18 July 2018.
In the third step, among the candidate accepted as PhD student at Institute of Environmental Sciences JU we will award the scholarship based on regulations about scientific scholarships for young researchers in research projects financed by means of National Science Centre, Poland.