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Ph.D. positions available in Vertebrate Phylogenomics/Evo-Devo

Luglio 19th, 2008

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In the research group of Shigehiro Kuraku Ph.D., we are looking for two new Ph.D. students (3 years). These new positions are funded by the ‘Young Scholar Fund’ and the ‘Konstanz Research School - Chemical Biology’ of the University of Konstanz ( This graduate school is funded by the ‘excellence initiative’ of the German government. The University of Konstanz is one of the nine excellent universities in Germany, selected in 2007. Konstanz is relatively close to Italy.

Large-scale DNA sequence resources are becoming available for early vertebrates, such as cyclostomes and chondrichthyans. Successful candidates are expected to contribute to the project entitled ‘Bioinformatic analysis to elucidate processes of genome evolution in early vertebrates’ By designing and establishing a computational pipeline for data mining in available genomic/EST sequences of early vertebrates, we aim to identify genomic traits [gains/losses of
protein-coding genes and non-coding RNAs (e.g. miRNAs)] that have been acquired during early vertebrate evolution and have contributed to the establishment of basic architecture unique to the phenotypes of vertebrates.
The group leader is a member of the International team organized for the sea lamprey (Petromyzon marinus) genome annotation. The output of the projects is also expected to be a part of publication about this genome annotation.

As the field of this project, ‘Vertebrate Phylogenomics/Evo-Devo’ says, our study has a highly interdisciplinary nature. Applicants are expected to have an interest, knowledge and skills in either molecular evolution, molecular phylogenetics, genome evolution, or Evo-Devo. Experience in the laboratory in addition to skills in bioinformatics (e.g. Linux, Perl,
etc.) would be a plus. Note that applicants without such specific interests and background are not considered any further.

Our research group is a part of the laboratory of Prof. Axel Meyer, which studies the evolution of teleost genomes. We provide an inspiring atmosphere for studying vertebrate genome evolution as a whole, with an international laboratory in which English is the first language spoken: Knowledge of German is not required. Further information on our research
can be obtained from our web page:

Interested students with an Master degree or its equivalent should email their applications containing a CV, statement of research interests and email addresses of two references. Starting dates are flexible, but must be before the end of this year. Applications should be sent as one pdf file to

Shigehiro Kuraku Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Biology
University of Konstanz
Universitatsstrasse 10, 78457 Konstanz, Germany
Tel: +49 7531 88 2763 Fax: +49 7531 88 3018

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