Fly-ing Evolution: Fruit flies disclose their secrets of adaptation to Vienna’s PhD students

Eleven experienced scientists from four Viennese institutions train selected graduate students in experimental and theoretical population genetics. Applicants are now encouraged to apply until 13 February 2011.

Why do some flies recover from severe temperature shocks much faster than others? And under which circumstances could these develop into a new species? PhD students of the Vienna Graduate School of Population Genetics hunt for small but important genetic variations of single flies. Others work on the theoretical basis of evolutionary questions. Hosted by the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, eleven experienced scientists from four Viennese institutions train selected students in experimental and theoretical population genetics, biomathematics, statistics and bioinformatics. “The beauty of population genetics lies in evolution becoming visible as well as measurable. Yet, there’s a lack of well-trained researchers in the field“, agree Christian Schlötterer and Joachim Hermisson, speakers of the program. Financed last year by the Austrian Science Fund, only the most talented candidates make it into the program by passing a competitive application procedure. The junior researchers will be equipped with the necessary skills to interpret the constantly increasing, massive amounts of sequencing data in evolutionary and conservation biology.

Applicants are encouraged to apply until 13 February 2011 at the Vienna Gratuate School of Population Genetics' website [Link 1].

About the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna

The University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna is the only academic and research institution in Austria that focuses on the veterinary sciences.  About 1000 employees and 2300 students work on the campus in the north of Vienna, which also houses the animal hospital and various spin-off-companies.  The Graf Lehndorff Institute for Equine Science in Neusdadt (Dosse), Germany belongs to the University.

 

Scientific Contact

Dr Julia Hosp
E-Mail to Julia Hosp [Link 2]
T +43 1 25077-4338


 

Released by

Mag.rer.nat. Klaus Wassermann


 

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