PhD Position in Plant Evolutionary Biology, Charles University, Czech Republic

Expires on: 03/31/2024


The Department of Botany at Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic, announces a PhD position in Plant Evolutionary Biology. This position, part of a project funded by the Czech Science Foundation (GACR), focuses on unraveling the consequences of whole genome multiplication (WGM) or polyploidization on various phenotypic, phytohormonal, and genomic traits affecting the reproductive strategies and evolutionary trajectory of autopolyploid plants.

The successful PhD student will delve into the structural and phytohormonal aspects of clonal traits, specifically root buds and aposporic initials, in Pilosella rhodopea, a species exhibiting a significant primary contact zone of diploids and recurrent autopolyploids. The project involves studying the expression and inheritance of these traits through experimental crosses, participation in fieldwork in the Balkan Mountains, and engagement in the transcriptomic part of the research.


Highly motivated applicants with excellent communication and English skills, holding an MSc or equivalent degree in biology, are encouraged to apply. While previous experience with histological, cytogenetic, and molecular techniques is advantageous, it is not a requirement.


The accepted applicant will receive a three-year project salary (2024-2026: ~700 EUR/net/month) from the Czech Science Foundation (GACR). Additionally, a four-year PhD scholarship (~400 EUR/net/month) will be provided by the Faculty of Science, complemented with other funding in the fourth year. The total support amounts to ~1,100 EUR/net/month, covering health and social insurance.

How to Apply: 

Interested candidates should submit a single PDF file containing a motivation letter, CV, and contact details of two referees by email to Patrik Mraz at before March 31, 2024.

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