PhD Scholarship in Systematic Zoology

Stockholm University is delighted to offer a PhD position in agricultural science. The duration of this scholarship is 4 years. The funding is only available for Swedish students. The deadline for applying is February 15, 2015.

Stockholm University is seeking a highly motivated PhD student with an interest in zoological systematics to take part of the research project "Systematic and taxonomic revision of Scandinavian Empidoidea (Insecta, Diptera), with emphasis on the Swedish diversity of Empididae and Hybotidae", with financial support from the Swedish Taxonomy Initiative, The Swedish Species Information Centre, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.

The project aims to examine a large material of flies in the super family Empidoidea collected in Sweden and surrounding areas. They will combine morphological and DNA sequence data to formulate hypotheses about the phylogenetic relationship among families, genera and species groups, as well as discover cryptic species.
Central parts in the research will be identification of material already available, collecting new material, preserving, databasing, generating DNA sequence data at molecular laboratory, analyzing morphological and sequence data within an evolutionary perspective, and documentations of the diversity in text and picture.

Stockholm University strives to be a workplace, which is free from discrimination and offers equal opportunities to everyone.

The PhD studies include 48 months of full-time studies with employment as PhD student.

Application Requirements
To be qualified for research in zoological systematics the applicant 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 ecology or a related subject.

Applicants, who have in principle acquired the corresponding competence in Sweden, or abroad, are also qualified.

How to apply?
The applicant ’s earlier experience within the field of research can be of relevance especially when further documented by university courses, independent research works, personal references, interview and an application indicating the applicant ’s motivations in written form.

Applications by e-mail should be in Word or PDF format.
The application should contain.
- maximum one A4-page of personal presentation and letter of intent/motivation,.
- CV (including methodological skills),.
- copy of independent project thesis,.
- copies of degree certificates and transcripts of academic records (attested),.
- contact details for two academic referees.

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