Ph.D. position- Fitness consequences of alternative mating strategies in a male-dimorphic insect

A PhD position is available under the supervision of Dr. Clint Kelly at Université du Québec à Montréal beginning September 2024 or January 2025.

A keen, motivated, and curious student is sought to study the fitness consequences of alternative mating strategies in a male-dimorphic insect. The successful applicant will, for example, identify the tactics used by males to accrue mating success, assess whether and why mating success translates to reproductive success, investigate whether males trade-off investment in pre-copulatory (weaponry) for post-copulatory traits (testis size), and determine the sperm competition mechanism(s) used by males to outcompete rivals. The applicant’s duties and responsibilities will include molecular paternity analysis, field sampling, experimental design, behavioural observation, and animal care and husbandry.

Applicants must hold a BSc or MSc with relevant experience in behavioural ecology or animal behaviour.

Funding is available to students through a variety of sources, including teaching assistantships (French speakers only as courses are taught in French), university bursaries and awards, 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 members of the Groupe de Recherche sur l’Écologie Évolutive des Interactions Biologiques (GREEIB), which is 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.

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