Conservatoire & Jardin botaniques de Genève; University of Geneva
Plant Systematics and Biodiversity Laboratory
Yamama Naciri,

Systematics, species delimitation and conservation

PhD position

At the Plant Systematics and Biodiversity Laboratory, Conservatoire & Jardin botaniques de Genève and University of Geneva, we are seeking a highly motivated candidate for the PhD project: Systematics, species delimitation and conservation in a Madagascar endemic genus of Sapotaceae.

The project is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation and includes species delimitation, phylogenomic diversity and species distribution modelling and their application to the conservation of Capurodendron, a Malagasy endemic genus of ca. 30 valuable tree species in the family Sapotaceae.

The ideal candidates should be a botanist who enjoys working in the laboratory (targeted gene capture) with field experience in the tropics (with understanding of conservation issues; possibly one trip scheduled to Madagascar).

She/he should have good basic knowledge of taxonomy, phylogenetics, population genetics and bioinformatics. We are particularly interested in students who already have experience with Next Generation Sequencing techniques. Good writing skills in English are a must and familiarity with French is a plus.

Applications (motivation letter, CV, email address of 2/3 reference persons) should be sent before June 15th, 2017 to: Yamama Naciri ( /

Project starting October 2017.