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POSTGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP in ECOLOGY, within the discipline of Animal Ecology

The University of Lund announces the following vacancy: POSTGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP in ECOLOGY, within the discipline of Animal Ecology, “How is genetic variation for resistance to infectious diseases maintained?” with placement at the Department of Ecology, Section of Animal Ecology, Faculty of Science.

Reference Number: 729-0
Starting Date: as soon as possible
Helena Westerdahl, Ph: +46 46 222 3669, E-mail:
Lars Råberg, Ph: +46 46 222 3766, E-mail:

Worker’s unions at the University of Lund: ST, SACO and SEKO

Project Description:
Individuals differ in susceptibility to infectious diseases. This is partly explained by the fact that many of the genes involved in defence against parasites are highly polymorphic. The MHC (Major Histocompatibility Complex) genes are a classical example of this. These genes encode proteins that recognize and present parasites to the immune system. The MHC genes are the most variable genes known; in man, more than 500 alleles have been described at a single locus. How is this enormous diversity maintained? One factor that is likely to play a central role is that the selection pressure from parasites varies in time and space. However, very little is as yet known about such processes in natural host-parasite systems.

We are looking for a PhD student who will address this question with rodents (mainly bank vole and yellow necked mouse) and the tick-transmitted bacteria Borrelia as study system. The PhD project is part of a larger project whose overall goal is to study ecological and evolutionary interactions between Borrelia and rodents from the perspective of the parasite as well as its hosts.

The project will involve field work with rodents in southern Sweden (mainly in the Revinge area outside Lund), and molecular genetic lab work. The project may also involve infection experiments with lab mice. The exact contents of the project will be decided in consultation with the PhD student.

You need a Masters degree in evolutionary ecology or equivalent. Experience of molecular genetic lab work and field work with mammals or other vertebrates is an advantage. Good skills in writing English are essential. Driving license is required.

Regulations concerning appointment as a full doctoral student can be found in HF 5 Chap 1-7§§ and SFS 1998:80. Also consult the admission regulations found at:

An educational stipend is awarded for the first 12 months of full-time study, following which time the student is appointed as a full doctoral student. Regulations concerning educational stipends for doctoral students can be found in SFS 1995:938 and 1998:81. Regulations concerning appointment as a full doctoral student can be found in HF 5 Chap 1-7§§ and SFS 1998:80.

Those who hold an educational stipend or a doctoral student appointment must first be accepted for postgraduate study. To be accepted, a student must be judged to have the competence necessary to complete a course of postgraduate study.

In addition to pursuing postgraduate studies, the doctoral student may also perform other duties - including research, teaching and administration – according to the specific regulations.

The university strives for a more even gender representation within postgraduate education. Since most postgraduate students within the faculty are men, applications from women are encouraged.

Applications are made on a specific application form found on the web site:

The application must reach the Registrar, Kansli N, Lund University, Box 118, SE–221 00 Lund, Sweden, not later than Friday March 28th 2008. All submitted documents must be attested as to their authenticity.

Gunilla Lindquist, Administrator

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