PhD Position in Behavioural Ecology, UZH Zürich, Switzerland

PhD Fellowship IN Switzerland

PhD Position in Behavioural Ecology The Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies at the University of Zurich is seeking a highly motivated student for a fully funded 4-year PhD position. The research will focus on investigating how competitive interactions can influence evolutionary trajectories, utilizing the sexually dimorphic fruit fly Drosophila prolongata. This project aims to explore the impact of social environments, particularly the intensity of competition for limited sexual partners and/or food resources, on the evolution of aggressiveness and associated behavioral plasticity.

PhD Position in Behavioural Ecology using Experimental Evolution

Designation: PhD Researcher

Research Area: Behavioural Ecology and Experimental Evolution

Location: UZH Irchel Campus, Winterthurerstrasse 190, 8057 Zürich, Switzerland


  • Master’s degree in Biology, Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, or a related field.
  • Strong background in behavioural ecology and evolutionary studies.
  • Experience with experimental evolution, particularly using model organisms.

Job Description:

  • Conduct research on the evolutionary dynamics of aggressiveness in Drosophila prolongata.
  • Design and implement experimental evolution experiments to understand the impact of social environments.
  • Analyze and interpret experimental data, contributing to the advancement of behavioural ecology knowledge.
  • Collaborate with a diverse team of researchers and contribute to the academic community through publications and presentations.

How to Apply: Interested candidates should submit the following documents:

  1. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  2. Cover letter detailing research interests and relevant experience
  3. Contact information for two academic references

Applicants can find more information about our research [here](insert link) and can apply via the official application portal [here](insert link).

Last Date for Apply: 15 March 2024

Join our dynamic research group and contribute to cutting-edge research in behavioural ecology and experimental evolution! The position offers a unique opportunity for professional development and a stimulating academic environment. The successful candidate will begin their employment in spring/summer 2024.



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