PhD Studentships 2020

My lab is advertising two PhD positions working on the Soay Sheep Project starting in Autumn 2020. These are:

Genomics and evolution of recombination rate variation in a wild mammal population. This project will use extensive genomic data to investigate the genetic causes and fitness consequences of individual recombination rate variation in a long-term study of wild Soay sheep on St Kilda. Apply by Thu Jan 09 2020 at 12:00.

The genetic basis of helminth-specific immune responses in wild Soay sheep. This project will use novel genome-sequencing techniques to fine map the genes associated with immunoglobulin levels (IgA, IgE & IgG) to a high resolution in thousands of individuals, and to untangle the molecular mechanisms and evolutionary history of this variation. Apply by Sun Jan 05 2020.

If you are interested in applying for either of these projects, I strongly recommend that contact me in advance at Susan.Johnston@ed.ac.uk to discuss the project in more detail, how you would fit in the group and what types of training you would require. Please don’t be shy about this – informal enquiries are welcome.


I would be happy to hear from people interested in applying for postdoctoral fellowships (e.g. Marie Curie, Royal Society Newton) or research grants (e.g. Leverhulme, NERC etc). Please get in touch to discuss ideas.