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Postdoctoral Research Associate in Evolutionary Ecology

The University of Edinburgh - College of Science and Engineering - School of Biological Sciences - Institute of Evolutionary Biology

Location: Edinburgh
Salary: £34,304 to £40,927 (Grade 7)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 7th October 2021
Closes: 28th October 2021
Job Ref: 2174

35 hours per week, Fixed Term (4 years)

Number of posts: 2

We are looking for two Postdoctoral Research Associates to work on the evolutionary dynamics of wild animal populations. 

The Opportunity:

Two four-year Postdoctoral Research Associate positions are available as part of a European Research Council Advanced Grant to investigate the evolutionary dynamics of wild animal populations. The project will combine genomic and statistical technology with data from seven long-term mammal studies to build new understanding of the determinants of fitness in wild populations, and the effects of environmental change on natural selection and adaptive evolution.

Position 1 will focus on an analysis of fitness. The aims are to provide a comprehensive investigation of the concept of fitness and its measurement in the genomics era, to quantify genetic and non-genetic causes of variance in fitness, including the impact of indirect genetic effects and social evolution, and to explore the use of genomic data to estimate rates of evolutionary adaptation in wild populations.

Position 2 will focus on the effects of ongoing environmental change on natural populations. The aims are to determine the impact on the process of natural selection on phenotypic traits and the ecological effects of changing environmental conditions, to assess the genetic and environmental basis of change in key phenotypic traits, and to use genomic prediction to test for adaptive evolutionary change.

The research group is based in the Institute of Evolutionary Biology in the University of Edinburgh’s School of Biological Sciences. IEB has a world-leading research environment with multiple groups working on evolutionary quantitative genetics, evolutionary ecology, and adaptation to environmental change.

The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in Scotland, with registration number SC005336. Is e buidheann carthannais a th’ ann an Oilthigh Dhùn Èideann, clàraichte an Alba, àireamh clàraidh SC005336.

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