PhD Position for German and International Applicants at IMPRS for Organismal Biology, 2015

The International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Organismal Biology invites applications for fully funded PhD position for a period of  at least 3 years. Position is available for project on Early Sexual Development of the Chicken Brain and Evolutionary Genetics of the Embryo Mortality Puzzle in the Zebra Finch. Selection will be based on academic qualification, motivation, suitability for the program, and letters of recommendation. The application deadline is January 15, 2015.. Sexual dimorphic brain structures and related behaviours are common among vertebrates including birds. However, the early development of such brain structures is not well understood. Birds are advantageous for this study since they allow easy access to the developing embryo in the egg. In this PhD-project we shall analyze the developing chicken brain using transgenic chicken models. Thus, this project is mainly an anatomical and molecular study that uses state of the art microscopical techniques and state-of-art gene expression techniques..  Position is open for pursuing PhD research programme at the International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Organismal Biology.
The research areas of this scholarship are:  Position is available for project on Early Sexual Development of the Chicken Brain and Evolutionary Genetics of the Embryo Mortality Puzzle in the Zebra Finch.
Who can apply to this scholarship? Applications are invited from all countries. Applicants must have graduated from a min. 4
· year study program with a comprehensive scientific thesis work in Biology or a related field (this might be a Master’s degree or an equivalent degree). It is not necessary to hold the degree at the time of application. However, you must have been awarded your degree prior to the start of the program. The quality of the degrees (i.e. eligibility) will be checked by University of Konstanz on a case
· by
· case basis. Candidates need to be fluent in written and spoken English and – unless native speakers – have to document their proficiency in English (e.g. TOEFL). German is not required, but students from abroad will be offered opportunities to take German courses.
Benefits of the scholarship: These are fully-funded PhD positions.
More information about the fellowship:
Duration:  All projects are fully funded for at least 3 years.
Number of scholarships: There are several fully-funded PhD positions.

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