Two paid scientific internships in evolutionary and ecological genetics
Nick Barton’s group at the Institute of Science and Technology (IST)
) is currently recruiting
two paid scientific interns to assist with a long-term study of plant
speciation in the common snapdragon, Antirrhinum majus. The positions
will begin in early-mid May 2022, for a minimum of 6 months and up to
12 months (open to discussion).
We study evolutionary dynamics and speciation in snapdragons. The study,
which has been running since 2009, involves fieldwork in natural hybrid
zones between two subspecies with flower colour differences. The goal
is to understand how different evolutionary forces—like natural
selection—have shaped this diversity.
We are looking for people to help support the project by (i)
participating in fieldwork, (ii) assisting with the daily management of
field volunteers, and (iii) providing technical and scientific support
after the fieldwork is complete. The internship will have 2 phases: for
the first 3 months (during the field work), the applicants will be based
in the Spanish Pyrenees near the town of Planoles; the second phase will
be based at the Institute of Science and Technology (IST) Austria. All
costs of the fieldwork (travel, food, accommodation, covid testing,
and insurance) are covered, and affordable accommodation in Austria is
available through IST Austria (at the expense of the applicant).
Applicants must be enthusiastic, hardworking, and be comfortable working
outdoors. Strong communication skills, organization skills, and the
ability to live and work well with others are a must. A driving license
Ideal applicants will have some fieldwork experience and have a
strong interest in evolution, ecology and/or speciation. Prior
research experience, including the curation and analysis of data,
would be helpful. The ability to speak Catalan and/or Spanish is very
useful. Applicants from Catalonia and Spain are especially welcome.
How to apply
Applicants should send a motivation letter (addressing the skills
mentioned above), CV and the names two references to Sean Stankowski
). The review of applications will start on
the 10th of March and will remain open until filled.
Questions about the positions can be sent to the same address. More
information about scientific internships at IST can be found here:https://nam10.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fphd.pages.ist.ac.at%2Fscientific-internships%2F&data=04%7C01%7C%7C28e6c58d1ab34817c7b608d9f76aaefb%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C637812859848200653%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000&sdata=QvbBZs5afszR%2FT9mPlDmtL%2BHntvp3EWlFx3Ixf%2FWiHo%3D&reserved=0