The University of Sussex are offering a fully-funded PhD studentship in this research area. They offer the opportunity to work on a woodland species of large UK ground beetle and to conduct experimental work in the field, in enclosures and in the laboratory.
The University of Sussex is a public research university located in Falmer, East Sussex, England, it is mostly within the city boundaries of Brighton and Hove but spills into the Lewes District in its eastern fringe.
The student will conduct experiments on individuals from forest cores and edges (edges are habitat boundaries with altered environmental conditions, usually through land-use change). Topics that the successful candidate could pursue within this framework include the influence of environmental conditions or environmental change (using environmental gradients from forest cores to edges) on behaviour, movement patterns, habitat use and other pace-of life traits (metabolism, life-history, and morphology), as well as their (co)variance.
This might involve the evolution of personality differences and decision-making under unpredictable environmental conditions, causes and consequences of POLS and impacts of environmental conditions on individuals, populations and communities.
- Candidates must have or expect to obtain a minimum 2:1 degree in biology or an allied science such as ecology. An MSc degree will be advantageous.
- We expect a highly motivated, talented, well-organised and meticulous candidate with strong quantitative skills.
- The candidate will have a background and demonstrable interest in one or more of behavioural ecology, insect physiology, evolution and/or ecology.
- Previous experience in collecting data in the field, working with insects, behavioural observations, physiological analyses, statistical modelling (preferentially in R) is advantageous.
- Candidates for whom English is not their first language will require an IELTS score of 6.5 overall, with not less than 6.0 in any section.
Scholarship Duration and Reward
- The successful candidate will start the PhD between March and May 2023.
- The PhD position is fully funded by a Maynard Smith PhD studentship from the School of Life Sciences, University of Sussex. Funding includes full home tuition fees and a stipend at UKRI rates for 3.5 years.
- Applicants with overseas fee status will need to fund the difference between Home and International tuition fees
To apply, candidates must be ready to submit the following documents;
- A cover letter (headed with project title),
- A short potential project outline (ca. 300-500 words),
- CV (max 2 pages),
- BSc/MSc degree transcripts and certificates,
- IELTS certificate (if non-UK) and
- Two academic references.
Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should click on the button below to commence their application.