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Course(s) Offered: Biology
Course Level: Graduate (PhD)
Provider: Uppsala University
Country to Study in: Sweden

Scholarship Description
The Department of Organism Biology at Uppsala University invites applications from suitably qualified applicants for the available doctoral studentships at the university.

This PhD project is an interdisciplinary project, which aims at investigating pollination mechanisms in gymnosperms, mainly Ephedra (Gnetales), from an evolutionary perspective.

Pollen transfer, pollen-ovule interactions, ovule defence, and their impact on evolution and species richness will be studied for species with biotic and abiotic pollination.

The ideal candidate should have a Master of Science in Biology (or similar), preferably with emphasis on plant systematics. Priority will be given to students who, in addition have taken courses in ecology and/or plant physiology and statistics at advanced undergraduate level.

The project will require an independent and dedicated person, proficient in both written and spoken English. He/she should work well as part of a team but also independently.

Selection criteria:
In filling this position the university aims to recruit the person who, in the combined evaluation of competence, skills and documented qualifications, is judged most suitable to carry out and develop the work-in-hand and to contribute to a positive development of the department.

Eligible groups
Citizens of ANY country are eligible, however more consideration would be given to applicants from Sweden.

Participating Institutions
Department of Organism Biology, Uppsala University, Sweden.

Uppsala University is divided into 11 campus areas – 10 in Uppsala and one in Visby, Gotland.

Fields of study
Doctoral level study in Biology (with Specialization in Systematics).

The project includes research and training in physiological, morphological and molecular laboratory techniques, data analyses and presentation of results (scientific publications and oral presentations).

Longer periods of field work and laboratory work outside of Sweden will probably be included.

The PhD project is a part of Catarina Rydin’s research program, which focuses on phylogenetic and evolutionary patterns in extant and extinct seed plants (see for example, Rydin et al., 2002, 2010; Rydin & Friis 2010).

Number of awards
Not exactly specified by the provider

Sponsorship duration
The PhD-student position is a 4-year appointment.

Scholarship benefits
Local guidelines at Uppsala University determine the salary levels.

The candidate will primarily devote her/his time to own research studies. Other departmental work, such as educational or administrative can be part of the position (max 20 %).

Method of Application
The applicant must be eligible for PhD studies at Uppsala University.

The application should be written in English and should include a letter of intent, curriculum vitae, addresses and phone numbers of two reference persons and copies of the diploma and the master thesis (“examensarbete”).

The letter of intent (no more than one page) should describe yourself, your scientific/educational background, and your interest in and competence for the position.

All application materials and documentations must be received on or before the 20th of December 2010.

Uppsala University is the oldest Nordic university, founded in 1477. It is an international research university focused on the development of science and education. Our most important assets are all the individuals who with their curiosity and their dedication make Uppsala University one of the 100 best universities in the world and one of Sweden’s most exciting work places. In Uppsala you walk in the gardens of Linnaeus, follow in the footsteps of Nobel laureates, and at the same time meet today’s – and tomorrow’s – smartest teachers and researchers.

Uppsala University promotes a good working environment and equality within all employment categories, and therefore encourages applicants with different backgrounds and experiences.

Application Deadline: 20 December 2010
Open to International Applicants: Yes

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