Koç University Ph.D. and MSC position in brown bear ecology and conservation genetics

Application Deadline: May 30, 2020


We invite applications for a Ph.D. position and fellowship in brown bear ecology and conservation genetics funded by a TUBITAK grant. This position is led by a multi-disciplinary team consisting of Dr. Çağan Hakkı Şekercioğlu, and Dr. Morteza Naderi, and will be based at the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics at Koç University in Istanbul, Turkey.

We seek students preferably with training in conservation genetics, ecology, niche modeling, and dietary analysis. The primary goal of this TUBITAK 1001 project is to investigate the barriers to gene flow among the brown bear populations in Turkey. The Ph.D. student will be responsible for participating in research to characterize the brown bear genome, to conduct habitat measurements, and to participate in field sampling activities across the country.

Preferred candidates should have a related M.Sc. degree or a B.Sc. degree, with experience in habitat modeling, scat analysis, and molecular biology and genetics research. The applicant should be able to do fieldwork for extended periods to collect the necessary samples.

Applicants should send 1) a letter of interest and qualifications, 2) a resume or CV with contact information for three references, and 3) unofficial transcripts to Çağan Şekercioğlu (c.s@utah.edu) and Morteza Naderi (mnaderi@ku.edu.tr). Koç University graduate student application deadline is May 30, 2020. In addition to sending the materials requested above, the interested candidates should also follow the application procedure below:



Applications will be reviewed in June. The applicant should be ready to start as soon as possible and no later than September 2020.

This position provides a salary of 3500 TL/month for a Ph.D. student if the student is not concurrently employed elsewhere, and a supplement of 275 TL/month. Accommodation in the Koç University graduate apartments located near campus or a monthly housing allowance will also be provided. Koç University is one of the top universities in Turkey and is an equal opportunity/ affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion.