Florida softshell turtle, Apalone ferox, photo by J.D. Willson

Postdoc in Cichlid Fish Evolution, Taxonomy, and Hybridization

University of Konstanz
Konstanz, Germany
Closing Date
Start date is on or after January 1, 2021

A post-doctoral scholar position (for up to three years) will be available after 1 January 2021 in the Axel Meyer Lab to work on a DFG-funded (German Science Foundation) project related to species delimitation in sympatric and allopatric populations of cichlid fishes. The project will be based on integrating whole-genome re-sequencing data and phenotypic data to conduct species delimitations applying coalescent-based integrative taxonomic approaches in light of empirical field and lab based information on hybridization and introgression. We seek applicants with a background in some of the following areas: evolutionary biology, taxonomy, phylogenetics, and bioinformatics.

The Meyer Lab at the Department of Biology at the University of Konstanz in Germany, is interested in the origins of adaptations, speciation, and phylogenomics of fishes, in particular the cichlid fish adaptive radiations from Central America and Africa. A total of three research groups two of which are headed by Junior Group Leaders make up the evolutionary biology group (~20-25 members total in the lab).

Konstanz is a lovely historic town located on Lake Constance on the southern border between Germany and Switzerland. The University of Konstanz and the Department of Biology are among them most highly ranked institutions in Germany and provide a lively and academically outstanding research environment. Appointments are initially for two years (funding is available for 3 years), comes with a competitive salary, and excellent health and retirement benefits.


A Ph.D. in Taxonomy, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, or Genetics/Genomics is required. Experience working with genomic data, a strong conceptual background in evolutionary biology, and experience with fish husbandry are preferred.

To Apply

Submit the following documents to a.meyer [at] uni-konstanz.de or darrin.hulsey [at] uni-konstanz.de:

  • One-page Cover Letter outlining your background, motivation, interests, and skills
  • Contact information for 2-3 References.

Applications will be considered until the position is filled. Informal inquiries about the position are encouraged: darrin.hulsey [at] uni-konstanz.de.

The University of Konstanz is an equal opportunity employer and tries to increase the number of women in research and teaching.  The University of Konstanz is committed to further the compatibility of work and family life and has excellent onsite child care facilities.

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