Dear colleagues,
I would like to advertise an open PhD position in my new lab.
This position was already announced a few months ago, but couldn't be 
filled so far!

Here it is:

*Announcement for a EU funded PhD position*

*“Head shape variation and biomechanics of Thysanoptera and Hemiptera”*



The recently established workgroup of Dr. Blanke 
( at the Institute of 
Zoology of the University of Cologne invites applications for a EU funded 
PhD position.

The project will be focused on the head morphology and biomechanics of 
Thysanoptera and early branched Hemiptera. The overall goal is to 
understand the interplay of shape, mechanics and ecological niche 
variations within the head system of these insects. The PhD project is 
embedded within a larger project which will focus on the biomechanical 
transition between the biting-chewing and the piercing-sucking mouthpart 
class in an evolutionary framework.


We are seeking a highly motivated applicant, ideally with a background in 
evolutionary/comparative morphology, biomechanics and/or imaging and with a 
Master degree or equivalent in Biological Sciences, or Engineering Sciences 
or Computer Sciences. Prospective candidates should have proven 
skills/background in at least 75% of the following topics:


§  Insect morphology and evolution (a previous focus on Condylognatha is a 
plus but not mandatory).

§  Geometric morphometrics applications.

§  Statistics and the related analysis workflows in R or Matlab.

§  Experience in the analysis of large image datasets (Histological and 
microCT based) using state-of-the-art workflows and software packages.


The project will involve both experimental and computational approaches and 
a certain amount of fieldwork in Germany and abroad. The successful 
candidate will need to be able to work independently, as well as part of a 
team. While training will be available, the student will also be expected 
to develop proficiency in the analysis types outlined above via attendance 
of workshops and self-motivated learning. The successful applicant will 
also have the opportunity to present their work at national and 
international conferences, and to collaborate with other research groups at 
an international and interdisciplinary level.


The position is paid at TV-L E13 65% for 36 months.


Applications without photograph and without date of birth should contain a 
letter of motivation (1 page or less), a CV, your 3 favourite own 
publications (if you have any), a summary of previous research and 
programming/scripting experience (1 page or less) and contact details of 2 
references. Inquiries can be made with Alexander Blanke (


The application (as a single pdf file) should be sent to the secretary of 
the Neurophysiology Department ( with the

reference number *Wiss1808-03*. 


*The deadline for application is 15th December 2018, the estimated start 
date would be February 2019.*


The University of Cologne promotes equal opportunities and diversity in its 
employment relations. Women are expressly encouraged to apply and given 
priority in accordance with the Equal Opportunities Act of North 
Rhine-Westphalia (Landesgleichstellungsgesetz – LGG NRW). We expressly 
welcome applications from individuals with severe disabilities or people of 
equivalent status. Severely disabled applicants of equal merit and 
qualifications will be given priority.

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