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Opportunities to join the Behavioural Ecology and Evolution lab

Postdoctoral research position in genomics and transcriptomics at the University of Cyprus


We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher to work on two Cyprus Research and Innovation Foundation (RIF) projects in Alex Kirschel’s lab at the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Cyprus. The projects “Leveraging ancestry to investigate the genomics of song and colour in birds” and “Continent-wide genomics of hybridisation and speciation” involve collaboration with Associate Professor Bridgett vonHoldt, an expert in evolutionary genomics and epigenetics at Princeton University and Dr. Andrea Fulgione an expert in evolutionary and computational genomics of plants at Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research.


The role involves working on bioinformatics pipelines and downstream genomics analyses of whole genome sequences and ddRAD sequencing, working closely with Dr. vonHoldt and Dr. Fulgione. Genomics analyses include admixture mapping, GWAS, and RNAseq to examine gene expression patterns associated with phenotypic characters important in speciation. Population genomics analyses will include demographic inference, based on site frequency spectrum and multiple sequentially Markovian coalescent (MSMC) approaches, as part of an investigation into discordance between nuclear genome and mitogenome phylogenies, while D statistics, metabarcoding and landscape genomics approaches will also be used.



A PhD in a related subject

Molecular lab experience in genomic library preparation

Proficiency in R

Expertise in bioinformatics and command line

A good understanding of transcriptomics

Proficiency in English


Desirable skills

Experience with demographic inference

First author publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals



The position is based at the University of Cyprus, in Nicosia.


The position is for an initial 12 months, with possibility of extension. The gross annual salary range for full time employment ranges from €26,000 - €32,500 per annum commensurate with experience.


How to apply

Applications for this position are due by 17th February 2023.

Informal enquiries and applications, including a cover letter, CV, details of two referees, and a list of publications, should be sent by email to:


Associate Professor Alexander Kirschel

Behavioural Ecology and Evolution Lab

Department of Biological Sciences

University of Cyprus

PhD position
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