Deadline extended! PhD studentship opportunity

An exciting opportunity is available for a three year PhD studentship to work on the evolutionary genomics of sexual trait expression in an iconic avian model system, the black grouse. We are seeking a candidate with strong quantitative skills, a keen interest in population genetics, and ideally experience of working with genomic data.

The deadline for applications is extended to 30th April 2021. All materials should be e-mailed as a single PDF to: joseph.hoffman[at] with ‘PhD application’ in the subject line.

Please see the attached PDF for more details about the position and do not hesitate to contact me with any questions at joseph.hoffman[at]

Bye bye, Fee!

We’d like to wish Fee Cristaller all the very best for her trip to Portugal in her camping van. Have a safe journey, good luck with writing the thesis, and hope to see you again soon 🙂

Well done, Jonas

Congratulations to Jonas Tebbe for winning career bridge Master-Doctorate funding from the Bielefeld Young Researcher’s Fund for his project ‘understanding the genetic basis of odour in a wild vertebrate’.

Congratulations, Dr Shah!

A massive congratulations to Abhijeet, who has successfully defended his PhD thesis on grasshopper genomics, supervised jointly by Holger and Joe.  A wonderful time was had by all and we wish all the very best to Abhijeet, the last of the old school!



Congratulations, Martin

Congratulations to Martin Stoffel for winning the Dissertationspreis der Universitätsgesellschaft Bielefeld for the best PhD thesis in the Faculty of Biology in 2018!  We all really enjoyed catching up with Martin at the ceremony and are glad to hear how well he’s getting on in Edinburgh.

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PhD studentship opportunity

Behavioural ecology meets disease biology and immuno-ecology in Madagascan shorebirds.

We are looking to recruit a PhD student for an exciting new project investigating the immuno-ecological causes of sex ratio bias in three sympatric species of plovers with varying mating systems at a single location in Madagascar.

The student will be based at the Department of Animal Behaviour at Bielefeld University ( and jointly supervised by Oliver Krüger, Nayden Chakarov, Joe Hoffman and Tamás Székely.  The studentship is funded by the German Science Foundation (DFG) and is available for 3 years.

Please see the attached PDF for more details including information on how to apply. The application deadline is September 30th 2019 and interviews will take place shortly afterwards. Please direct any informal inquiries to Oliver Krüger ( or Tamás Székely (