Two paid scientific internships in evolutionary and ecological geneticsNick Barton’s group at the Institute of Science and Technology (IST)Austria ( is currently recruitingtwo paid scientific interns to assist with a long-term study of plantspeciation in the common snapdragon, Antirrhinum majus. The positionswill begin in early-mid May 2022, for a minimum of 6 months and up to12 months (open to discussion).The project:We study evolutionary dynamics and speciation in snapdragons. The study,which has been running since 2009, involves fieldwork in natural hybridzones between two subspecies with flower colour differences. The goalis to understand how different evolutionary forces—like naturalselection—have shaped this diversity.The positions:We are looking for people to help support the project by (i)participating in fieldwork, (ii) assisting with the daily management offield volunteers, and (iii) providing technical and scientific supportafter the fieldwork is complete. The internship will have 2 phases: forthe first 3 months (during the field work), the applicants will be basedin the Spanish Pyrenees near the town of Planoles; the second phase willbe based at the Institute of Science and Technology (IST) Austria. Allcosts of the fieldwork (travel, food, accommodation, covid testing,and insurance) are covered, and affordable accommodation in Austria isavailable through IST Austria (at the expense of the applicant).Essential skillsApplicants must be enthusiastic, hardworking, and be comfortable workingoutdoors. Strong communication skills, organization skills, and theability to live and work well with others are a must. A driving licenseis essential.Desirable skillsIdeal applicants will have some fieldwork experience and have astrong interest in evolution, ecology and/or speciation. Priorresearch experience, including the curation and analysis of data,would be helpful. The ability to speak Catalan and/or Spanish is veryuseful. Applicants from Catalonia and Spain are especially welcome.How to applyApplicants should send a motivation letter (addressing the skillsmentioned above), CV and the names two references to Sean Stankowski( The review of applications will start onthe 10th of March and will remain open until filled.More informationQuestions about the positions can be sent to the same address. Moreinformation about scientific internships at IST can be found here: