Open PhD positions at the University of Basel to study ‘pattern and process in evolutionary radiations of fossil and living actinopterygian fishes’

The group of Walter Salzburger at the University of Basel in Switzerland ( invites applications for two PhD positions. The successful candidates will work in a Swiss National Science Foundation supported research project (‘Sinergia’) about patterns and process in evolutionary radiations of fossil and living actinopterygian fishes, concentrating on the speciation and phylogeny of extant fish species flocks. The project is a collaboration between M. Sánchez (, H. Furrer ( and W. Salzburger.

We are looking for highly motivated, open-minded, and creative students, who are interested in evolutionary biology in general and in adaptive radiation and speciation in particular. Successful candidates will have research experience in at least one of these areas: evolutionary biology, fish biology, phylogenetics, population genetics, comparative anatomy, and/or morphometrics.

The working language in the SalzburgerLab is English. Basel is a highly attractive city in beautiful surroundings at the boarder between Germany, France and Switzerland, with a multinational population, and many educational, cultural and other recreational opportunities.

To apply, please send a single PDF file merged from the following parts: CV including publication list, a statement of your research interests and motivation, and two academic references. Please include the word ‘SinergiaSalzburger2012’ in the subject line. The application deadline is September 1, 2011. The positions are available in fall of 2011, at a negotiablen starting date.