PhD position | Theoretical models of eco-evolutionary dynamics

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Plön

Type of Job

Young Researchers

Developmental and Evolutionary Biology & Genetics Microbiology & Ecology

Job Code: 13-2020

Job offer from September 18, 2020

The Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology in Plön (Schleswig-Holstein) consists of three departments: Evolutionary Genetics, Evolutionary Theory, and Microbial Population Biology. It is focused on basic research to unravel general evolutionary processes, such as ecological adaptations, benefits of sexual reproduction, or evolution of cooperation. The scope of the work includes ecological, organismic, molecular, and theoretical approaches.

PhD position - Theoretical models of eco-evolutionary dynamics

We are seeking a motivated candidate for joining our Research Group for Theoretical Models of Eco-evolutionary Dynamics, at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology.

The research in our group is primarily focused on ecological and evolutionary processes as they appear across scales of organizations – from cells to societies. The work spans intensive collaborations with molecular biologists to philosophers. Hence a diverse outlook, as well as an open point of view, is of extreme importance since we work across the board focusing on specific processes, a complex systems approach is hugely beneficial.

We mainly use evolutionary game theory, adaptive dynamics, population genetics and other tools based on stochastic processes and analytical approaches. Computational approaches support this development.

The main topic of the PhD project will be developed together with discussion with the candidate. Examples of some of the issues that we are currently interested in developing/furthering are:

  • Eco-eco-evolutionary agriculture
  • Eco-evolutionary tuning of biological clocks
  • Co-evolutionary dynamics in the light of extended evolutionary synthesis

Further details about these projects can be found on the research group website.

The candidate is free to propose a topic of interest in the domain of the group/department, and we can discuss the feasibility. Prior experience working in theoretical biology - specifically ecological theory, evolutionary dynamics, statistical physics, applied mathematics is beneficial, and a keen interest in socio-biological processes is necessary. A Master of Science degree or a Diploma, as well as a strong interest in collaborative work, are prerequisites for joining our group. We offer international, stimulating and collaborative environment, access to state-of-the-art equipment and further professional development. Applicants with a strong motivation for scientific rigour, organizational skills, and excellent written and verbal communication skills are welcome to apply.

The position is open from 01.01.2021 and will last for three years from the actual start date. Candidates should send their CV, motivation letter (including a description of the project of interest/how it connects to the research in the group describing one or two published papers) and contact details of one or two references as a single PDF document to . Deadline for applications is 1st of November 2020.

The Max Planck Society has set itself the goal of employing more severely disabled people. Applications from severely disabled people are expressly welcome. In addition, the Max Planck Society strives for gender equality and diversity. We welcome applications from any background.

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