at the Department of Zoology. Closing date: 28 February 2020.

The Department of Zoology is a vibrant international community, consisting of five interactive and collaborative divisions: Ecology, Ethology, Functional Morphology, Population Genetics, and Systematics and Evolution. The advertised PhD will be part of the Division of Ecology.

Project description 
A PhD position focused on sexual selection and sexual conflict is available in Professor Rhonda Snook’s group in the Department of Zoology, Stockholm University. This is an international call.

Snook’s lab is generally interested in how sexual selection and sexual conflict influences the rapid (co)evolution of male ejaculate and female behavioural traits, using Drosophila fruit flies. The PhD project expected to be in this area, involve laboratory based phenotyping of male and female reproductive traits and quantitative genetic analyses, with opportunities for experimental and genomic work in an evolutionary context. While several research questions are already available to pursue in the Snook lab in this general area, the student will also have the opportunity to contribute to development of the project. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in evolution, but training for both general and specific skills required for the project will obviously be part of training in a vibrant lab environment, with potential for interaction with international collaborators. Working language in the lab is English.

It is strongly recommended that you read relevant literature and tailor your cover letter and application accordingly. Applications without this will not be considered. Start date is flexible but sooner is preferred over later.

Qualification requirements
Swedish and most EU educational credits: In order to meet the general entry requirements, the applicant must have completed a second-cycle degree (Masters equivalent), completed courses equivalent to at least 240 higher education credits, of which 60 credits must be in the second cycle, or have otherwise acquired equivalent knowledge in Sweden or elsewhere. In order to meet the specific entry requirements, the general syllabus for doctoral studies in the field of Ecology stipulates that applicants must have completed a research degree (e.g. Master’s), or have passed at least 120 hp (2 years) of biological studies, including an approved independent project of at least 30 hp at advanced level (“examensarbete”) within evolutionary ecology, molecular genetics/bioinformatics, or a similar subject. Applicants who have in principle acquired the corresponding competence in Sweden, or abroad, are also qualified.

For UK education systems, general and specific entry requirements are typically equivalent to an MBiolSci or equivalent (4 year undergraduate degree with the last year having at least half the credits associated with a research project and associated write up) or an MSc.

For US education systems, this is typically the equivalent of an MSc, although you may be eligible to start before you defend your masters.

If you are uncertain about whether your qualifications met the entry requirements, you should still apply and we will determine whether you are eligible.

The selection among the eligible candidates will be based on their capacity to benefit from the training. I am looking for candidates with a strong interest in evolutionary ecology, and that directly related to the general area of the project. Prior experience with quantitative genetics analysis would be desired but not required. This interest and experience will be gaged by demonstration in the cover letter and in other components of the application. Applicants should also demonstrate good organization and communication skills, and be happy to work in a team as well as independently.

Admission Regulations for Doctoral Studies at Stockholm University are available at: and regulations.

Terms of employment 
Only a person who will be or has already been admitted to a third-cycle programme may be appointed to a doctoral studentship.

The term of the initial contract may not exceed one year. The employment may be extended for a maximum of two years at a time. However, the total period of employment may not exceed the equivalent of four years of full-time study.

Doctoral students should primarily devote themselves to their own education, but may engage in teaching, research, and administration corresponding to a maximum of 20 % of a full-time position.

Please note that admission decisions cannot be appealed.

Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all.

For more information, please contact Rhonda Snook,

Union representatives
Ingrid Lander (Saco-S), telephone: +46 708 16 26 64,, Alejandra Pizarro Carrasco (Fackförbundet ST/Lärarförbundet), telephone: +46 8 16 34 89,, (SEKO), and PhD student representative,

Apply for the PhD student position at Stockholm University’s recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline.

Please include the following information with your application

  • Your contact details and personal data
  • Your highest degree
  • Your language skills
  • Contact details for 2–3 references

and, in addition, please include the following documents

  • Cover letter, which should be tailored to this specific opportunity
  • CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list and short description of degree projects/theses
  • Degree certificates and grades confirming that you meet the general and specific entry requirements (no more than 6 files)
  • Degree projects/theses (no more than 6 files).

The instructions for applicants are available at: Instructions – Applicants.

You are welcome to apply!

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Closing date: 28/02/2020