PHD POSITIONS IN AVIAN GENOMICS, SPECIATION, AND COMPARATIVE PHYLOGEOGRAPHY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO.

Multiple Ph.D. positions are available in the Weir Lab (http://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/~jweir/) for students with bioinformatic, genomic, or field skills. Our lab uses genomic and comparative methods to address broad scale questions related to speciation and the pace of evolution in tropical versus temperate faunas.

Ph.D. student positions are available for:

1) Genomic analyses of avian hybrid zones in Amazonian or Canadian birds.

2) Genomic analysis of reproductive isolation in a recently discovered avian hybrid species from the Amazon.

3) Conservation genomics and phylogeography of New Zealand kiwi.

4) Comparative phylogeography and population genomics across multiple co-distributed avian species complexes to better understand biogeographic drivers of diversification in boreal or Amazonian regions.

The positions would begin in September 2018 and would involve field work (collecting genetic samples in the Amazon of Peru or Brazil), lab work (generating genetic data sets using next generation sequencing methods that sample broadly across the genome), and bioinformatic analyses (mining genomic data).

In addition, students can pursue graduate projects in any of the key research areas of the lab and exceptional students may wish to pursue their own projects.

Students would be enrolled in the Graduate program of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. If interested, please send Dr. Jason Weir (jason.weir at utoronto.ca) a statement of interest, a CV and an electronic copy of your transcripts. External sources of funding (e.g. fellowships) are generally required for international students (many Latin American countries as well as the EU and USA offer these).

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