Maternal thyroid hormones in birds – ecology, evolution and environmental disruption
Employer: University of Turku, Section of Ecology
Location: Turku, Finland
Last Date to Apply: 30 Oct 2015
Postdoc position: Maternal thyroid hormones in birds – ecology, evolution and environmental disruption (3/2016-8/2018 with possible extension)

A former colleague of mine, Dr. Suvi Ruuskanen, is looking for a post-doctoral fellow; the position is available at the Section of Ecology, University of Turku, Finland, to work on a project on the significance of maternal thyroid hormones in birds in an ecological context.

Maternal effects are a crucial mechanism in many taxa to generate phenotypic variation, thereby affecting offspring development and fitness. In this new project, funded by the Academy of Finland, we will study the function, environmental plasticity and evolutionary correlates of maternally-derived egg thyroid hormones in birds. We also study the potential for pollutants and artificial light as thyroid function disruptors. Research methods include international large-scale inter-and intraspecific sample collection and experimental manipulation of hormones and environmental conditions, in collaboration with multiple leading research groups.

This postdoctoral position will involve setting up and conducting hormonal assays, running experiments with captive birds and field populations (in Finland and potentially in NL/Chile) with the rest of the team, analyzing data and manuscript preparation.

Suitable candidates should have a Ph.D. in physiology, ecophysiology, behavioral or evolutionary ecology by the time of starting the position, strong background in laboratory assays, preferably RIAs, experience in running animal experiments and a strong publication record. Experience in endocrinology and maternal effects and working with birds is appreciated. We are seeking a very autonomous, highly motivated, innovative, productive person, who will be willing to gain experience both in the lab and in the field and contribute intellectually to the project development.

Applications and informal inquiries should be directed to Dr. Suvi Ruuskanen ([email protected]; Section of Ecology, Department of Biology, 20014 University of Turku, Finland). Formal applications should include an academic CV (with names and contact details of at least two referees) and a max. 2 page letter of motivation (describing their research interests, qualifications and reasons for applying).

Deadline : October 31st 2015.
Starting date is 1st March 2016.
The position is available until 31st August 2018 with a potential extension for 1 year. The starting salary is approx. 3140 EUR per month.

Best regards,