2 Doctoral Students, Biological and Environmental Science

The University of Jyväskylä is a nationally and internationally significant research university and an expert on education that focuses on human and natural sciences. The University is Finland’s leading expert in teacher education and adult education, as well as the major exporter of education. The Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences is the only one in the country. The University of Jyväskylä is known for its dynamic operating culture and strong commitment to social responsibility.

The Department of Biological and Environmental Science in the Faculty of Mathematics and Science is currently seeking to recruit staff to the position of 

2 Doctoral Students beginning January 1st 2018 or as agreed but not later than April 15th 2018, contract length maximum of four years

The Doctoral Students will work within the project “Chemical communication in wood tiger moths” under the topics: “Following the first tracks of speciation: divergence of wood tiger moth populations in the Caucasus, Western Asia” and “Sexual communication and mate preference via pheromones”. The student will join Prof. Johanna Mappes’ group but the work will be conducted in collaboration with Prof. Astrid Groot (U. Amsterdam). The project broadly explores the drivers of differentiation between wood tiger moths in the Caucasus region and their European counterparts. One student will focus on the role of chemical communication (pheromones) in this ongoing divergence process. The second one will focus on understanding sexual behavior, and explore male and female choice via pheromones, the genetic basis of intraspecific variation in sexual communication, and what are its possible consequences at the population level.

The tasks of a Doctoral Student focus on research concerning doctoral thesis.

The duties, qualification requirements and language skills of doctoral student are stipulated by the University of Jyväskylä Regulations and language skills guidelines. The selected person is required to have a good command of  English language.

The ideal candidate will have basic skills in chemical ecology methods, and a good knowledge of evolutionary biology/ecology. Knowledge on pheromone communication would be an asset. He/She is expected to participate in fieldwork, experimental work, behavioural and electrophysiological assays, as well as chemical analyses. We are looking for two motivated, broad-thinking students interested in pursuing question-driven research.

Doctoral Student must have a Master’s degree and permission for post-graduate studies in the University of Jyväskylä.  If the applicant does not have permission for post-graduate studies in the University of Jyväskylä, it must be applied with a separate application procedure from the proper faculty.

Doctoral Students' job-specific salary component is based on the job demands level 1-4 according to the salary system concerning teaching and research personnel at universities (1.808,42 €/month – 2.475,31 €/month). In addition, a personal performance-based salary component amounting to the maximum of 46,3% of the job-specific salary component is also paid.

A trial period of four months will be used when the position is first filled.

For additional information please contact Dr. Bibiana Rojas (bibiana.rojas@jyu.fi) or Prof. Johanna Mappes (johanna.mappes@jyu.fi).

The application (in English) should include:

1) A 1-page cover letter, outlining the motivation for applying for the doctoral student position
2) Contact details of 2 academics who can provide reference letters
3) CV, composed according to good scientific practice and considering when possible the template for researcher´s curriculum vitae by The Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity
4) Copy of degree certificates

Please submit your application at latest on December 8th, 2017 using the online application form.