CLOSED: PhD positions available at Open University – Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn International, Italy

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Ph.D. fellowships are available to carry out interdisciplinary training in Biological Sciences at the Stazione Zoologica ‘Anton Dohrn’ Naples Italy.


Applications are invited from suitably qualified postgraduate candidates on the following projects:

1. Integrative biology of the polychaete model species Platynereis dumerilii: role of climate stressors on cryptic speciation
Director of studies: Dr. Maria Cristina Gambi
Laboratory of Functional and Evolutionary Ecology (Ischia – Na)

2. NO Evolution: what a unique endogenous molecule (Nitric Oxide) is able to control in a unique marine model system (amphioxus) for the evolution of vertebrates
Director of studies: Dr. Salvatore D’Aniello
Laboratory of Cellular and Developmental Biology (Naples)

3. Advanced tools for opening the treasure chest of planktonic protist diversity
Director of studies: Dr. Diana Sarno
Taxonomy and Identification of Marine Phytoplankton c/o Laboratory of Ecology and Evolution of Plankton (Naples)

4. Pigmentation in Ciona sensory organs: a transcriptomic approach
Director of studies: Dr. Filomena Ristoratore
Laboratory of Cellular and Developmental Biology (Naples)

5. Enhancement of carotenes and xanthophylls biosynthesis in diatoms by light modulation
(subject to funds availability, please contact the PhD Office at for
further information)
Director of studies: Dr. Christophe Brunet
Laboratory of Ecology and Evolution of Plankton (Naples)

The closing date for applications is May 16th 2014

More information available here.