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PhD position - Sex chromosome evolution in liverworts

PhD position - Sex chromosome evolution in liverworts

University of Zurich, Switzerland


Work Contract

Evolution of sex chromosomes is well-studied in organisms in which sex is expressed in the diploid phase. In such organisms the lack of recombination and the asymmetry in haploidy are assumed to lead to the progressive decay of the Y chromosome.

In organisms in which sex is expressed in the haploid phase both U and V chromosomes are equally devoid of recombination and show no asymmetry in recombination suppression. This provides a unique opportunity to tease apart the effect of these two factors on the evolutionary trajectory of sex chromosomes. We  use a combination of classical genetic and comparative genomic approaches to test hypotheses concerning sex chromosome evolution in haploid dioecy using liverworts as a suitable model system (Marchantia polymorphaPreissia quadrata and many more). 

This project is conducted under the framework of PlantHUB. It is funded by the EU H2020 PROGRAMME Marie Curie Actions – People, Initial Training Networks (ITN). PlantHUB offers challenging and exciting research positions in an international, multidisciplinary research network. The employers are leading European universities and leading global companies.

All PlantHUB ESR will follow a doctoral programme that is ground-breaking. The doctoral training is placed into an entrepreneurial environment of leading public and private organisations. It combines practical hands-on R&D and technology transfer in plant breeding and production with a PhD Program that concentrates on Responsible Research and Innovation training and practice.

Early stage researcher in the first 4 years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers, including the period of research training, starting at the date of obtaining the degree which would formally entitle them to embark on a doctorate either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the initial training activities are provided.

At the time of recruitment (=first day of the employment) by the host organisation, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the reference date. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.


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University of Zurich, CH

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