PhD Studentships 2021

My lab is advertising two PhD positions working on the Soay Sheep Project starting in Autumn 2021. 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 07 2021 at 12:00.

The genomic basis and evolution of immune responses in a wild mammal population. 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 Wed Jan 06 2021.

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, what skills you can bring to the group and what types of training we can offer. Please don’t be shy – informal enquiries are very 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.