You research the relationships of and within the taxon Schizorhynchia (Rhabdocoela, Platyhelminthes). Part of the research consists of a thorough morphological study of these animals (light microscopy, fluorescence microscopy, SEM), including describing new species and redescribing poorly known ones (α-taxonomy). In the second part of the research, you study the phylogenetic relationships of Schizorhynchia using molecular markers. Within the taxon Schizorhynchia, we also find some widespread species showing intraspecific variation. Part of your research may involve unravelling these "semi-cryptic" species complexes. You will prepare a doctoral thesis and present your research results in scientific publications and at (inter)national conferences. You will also participate in the 'Doctoral School of Sciences & Technology' and be part of the education team in the capacity group Biology-Geology.
You will make a limited contribution to supervising work sessions and practical exercises within the Biology and/or Biomedical Sciences courses and supervising students during their internship period in the laboratory.
Your research activities are situated in the research group Zoology: Biodiversity & Toxicology (capacity group Biology-Geology) and the Center for Environmental Science (CMK), a multidisciplinary research institute in the field of environmental sciences.
You will be appointed and paid as PhD student.
You will be appointed for 2x2 years (after positive evaluation).
The selection procedure consists of a preselection based on application file and an interview.
Apply up to 15.12.2023