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  • From: Gergely J Szöllősi <sszolo AT>
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  • Subject: [Fizinfo] Graduate position:Budapest.EvolutionaryGenomics
  • Date: Tue, 22 Aug 2017 12:09:38 +0200
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Fully funded PhD position in evolutionary genomics is available to join the
ERC 'GENECLOCKS' project (
headed by Gergely Szollosi ( . The positions is
offered for 3 years with the possibility of extension of one year. The
position comes with a salary of EUR 15,000 per year, as well as a travel and
research funds.

We are looking for an individual who is highly motivated and is exited by the
possibility of pursuing a PhD in Evolutionary Biology with a strong
quantitative focus. A M.Sc. providing a strong quantitative background, such
as physics, mathematics or computer science, is essential as well as
experience with data analysis (e.g. in R) and/or computer programming.

A central theme of GENECLOCKS is disclosing new sources of information for
dating the first three-quarters of Earth's evolutionary history that are
independent from both fossils and molecular clocks. Life's early history has
remained terra incognita until now, because the fossils needed to calibrate
standard evolutionary timescales are simply not available for microbial life.
Microbial fossils are scarce and difficult to interpret in a phylogenetic
context with confidence. In previous work we have shown that patterns of
lateral gene transfer inferred from modern genomes encode a record of
co-existing lineages throughout the history of life, and that we can use this
record to reconstruct the relative ages of microbial groups from the three
domains of life in deep time.

This discovery is a game changer for anyone interested in the history of
life, from either a geological or genomic perspective. It demonstrates the
existence of a new and abundant source of dating information that is
inscribed in the genome of any organism, provided a gene transfer occurred in
its ancestry. This constitutes the overwhelming majority of the diversity of

The PhD student will develop with, and undertake a project under the
supervision of Dr. Gergely Szollosi and will have to possibility to work
together with and visit international collaborators (in Lyon, Bristol and the
KTH in Stockholm).

To be considered, please send a single merged PDF to
ssolo AT
that contains your CV including, academic transcripts, a statement of
research interests (3 pages or less) as well as three academic references.
Please include 'GENECLOCKS_PHD' in the subject of your email.

The GENECLOCKS research group is lead by Dr. Gergely Szollosi ( ) and is hosted at
Eotvos Universities Institute of Physics in Budapest. The Institute of
Physics has been included in the Excellence Group of European Universities,
and has achieved top placement in the number of citations, the number of ERC
grants, the time available for PhD research and the gender balance of
master's students in the CHE Excellence Ranking. Budapest is a vibrant
capital city with exciting cultural life, a unique atmosphere and affordable
living costs (cf. ).

Please direct any enquiries to Dr. Gergely Szollosi
(ssolo AT,

  • [Fizinfo] Graduate position:Budapest.EvolutionaryGenomics, Gergely J Szöllősi, 08/22/2017

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