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PhD position Virus Evolution and Genomics (1.0 FTE)

We are looking for a talented and enthusiastic evolutionary virologist for a fully funded 4-year PhD position. The PhD candidate for this project will be working at the Virus Ecology & Evolution group (Microbial Ecology Cluster) in Groningen.

You will receive excellent trainin

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Arbeidsvoorwaarden

Standplaats:
Broerstraat, Groningen, Groningen
Dienstverband:
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 - 38 uur
Salarisindicatie:
€ 2972 - € 2972 per maand
Opleidingsniveau:
WO

Functieomschrijving

We are looking for a talented and enthusiastic evolutionary virologist for a fully funded 4-year PhD position. The PhD candidate for this project will be working at the Virus Ecology & Evolution group (Microbial Ecology Cluster) in Groningen.

You will receive excellent training through cutting-edge research projects, advanced courses and training opportunities, complemented by workshops on generic research, transferable skills and teaching. As a PhD candidate, you are committed to conduct independent and original scientific research, to report on this research in international publications and presentations, and to present the results of the research in a PhD dissertation, to be completed within 4 years.

Project summary
Viruses infect every living organism, from bacteria to plants and humans. RNA viruses are characterized by a very high mutation rate that translates, combined with other factors, to an evolutionary rate several orders of magnitude faster than prokaryotes or eukaryotes.

This PhD project will be centred on exploring constraints on RNA virus genetic diversity, especially the impact of co-infection of different viruses from the same genus. As a model, we will use members of the Flavivirus genus where both insect-specific and arboviruses have been described, both of which can co-infect mosquitoes in the wild.

The work will consist of a combination of experimental virus evolution, molecular biology, sequencing, data analysis (statistics, phylogenetics) and modelling.

Functie-eisen

- you have a MSc with specialization in either virology, evolutionary biology or bioinformatics
- skills in data management and analysis, statistics and programming will be considered as an asset
- you have good command of English (oral and written)
- you are enthusiastic, a teamworker and have a passion for science
- you are highly motivated to work within the field of virus ecology and evolution
- you possess excellent communication skills, the ability to write scientific papers and deliver presentations.

Conditions

We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:
• a salary of € 2,325 gross per month in the first year, up to a maximum of € 2,972 gross per month in the fourth and final year for a full-time position
• a full-time position (1.0 FTE)
• a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income
• an 8.3% year-end bonus.

The position offered is for four years. You are first offered a temporary position of one year with the option of renewal for another three years. Prolongation of the contract is contingent on sufficient progress in the first year to indicate that a successful completion of the PhD thesis within the contract period is to be expected. A PhD training programme is part of the agreement and you will be enrolled in the Graduate School of the Faculty.

The conditions of employment are available at the University of Groningen website under Human Resources: https://www.rug.nl/about-us/work-with-us/

Supervisor
The PhD project is supervised by Dr Sebastion Lequime.

The preferred starting date is before 31st December 2020.

Additional information

Sebastian Lequime
s.j.j.lequime@rug.nl

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