A PhD position is available in my lab to study the evolution of sex chromosomes. The project in brief: Sex chromosomes are involved in fundamental aspects of life, yet their biology remains poorly understood and many exciting discoveries lie ahead. This is true even for the well-studied mammalian XY and avian ZW systems, whose ancient formation and pronounced Y/W degeneration prevent detailed studies. The PhD student will overcome this obstacle by studying Sylvioidea songbirds where a young and non-degenerated ‘neo-sex chromosome’ has been detected recently. The main aim of the project is to improve our understanding of recombination cessation and gene degeneration during the formation of sex chromosomes, and of the evolution of sex-biased gene expression and dosage compensation. This will be achieved by using genomic and transcriptomic data from males and females of a set of selected Sylvioidea species. The project includes scaffolding and linkage mapping to assembly a reference genome in Sylvioidea, and may also include analysing the genome structure cytogenetically. The outcome of the project is expected to contribute significantly to our understanding of evolutionary processes shaping the sex chromosome in vertebrates.
More info can be found here. Deadline for applying: 22 April.