Sexual selection and sperm networks in a sexually dimorphic New Zealand insect. Deadline to apply: 30 April 2019.

A PhD position is available under the supervision of Dr. Clint Kelly at Université du Québec à Montréal (https://kellylab.weebly.com) beginning September 2019.

We are seeking a keen and curious student to study sexual selection and sperm (social) networks in the Wellington tree weta (Hemideina crassidens). The Wellington tree weta is a large sexually dimorphic insect native to New Zealand. Male H. crassidens express one of three alternative phenotypes that are related to mating behaviour. The candidate will investigate how ecological factors and alternative mating strategies interact to affect social network dynamics, sperm competition and, ultimately, fitness. Research will involve laboratory work in Montreal as well as fieldwork in New Zealand; therefore, the ability to communicate in English is a must.

The bright and highly motivated student will ideally hold an M.Sc. or equivalent in a relevant topic (e.g. entomology, animal physiology).

Funding is available to students through a variety of sources, including teaching assistantships (French speakers only as courses are taught in French), and research funds; however, students are expected to apply for external graduate scholarships from the Natural Sciences and engineering research Council of Canada (NSERC) and/or Fonds de recherche Nature et technologies (FRQNT).

The Kelly Lab is a member of the Groupe de recherche en écologie comportementale et animale (GRECA), which is a part of the large, research-active Département des Sciences Biologiques at UQAM (https://bio.uqam.ca). Université du Québec à Montréal is a French-language university in the heart of Montreal that welcomes non-French-speaking PhD graduate students.

If interested, please send a brief description of your research interests, academic transcripts and a CV to kelly.clint@uqam.ca by 30 April 2019.

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