Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Opportunity for future PhD student

This fantastic opportunity just in from Pablo Nepomnaschy. I'm thinking maybe I need to get another PhD....

We are seeking to recruit a graduate student interested in pursuing a PhD on the early development of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (“stress”) axis.

Project description: The stress axis plays a critical role in determining an individual’s ability to cope with challenges throughout the lifetime. However, the extent to which stress axis function is ‘calibrated’ by prenatal stress at different gestational stages is unclear. This project involves the use of a unique longitudinal data set to explore the impact of stress experienced during the first six weeks of gestation on post-natal stress response in later life.

Qualifications: We are seeking an individual with:

• Excellent academic record
• Background in evolutionary biology, physiology, genetics and/or epigenetics
• An evident commitment and passion for science

Start : ideally, September 2011

We offer: annual stipend, research funds, training at the interface of evolutionary biology with physiology, development, genetics and epigenetics, innovative intellectual environment

Institution and location: Human Evolutionary Studies Program, Faculty of Health Sciences and Dept. of Biology, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada.

PIs: Dr. Pablo A. Nepomnaschy and Dr. Bernard Crespi

Required materials: Please send a letter of intent and a CV to Dr. Katrina Salvante at

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