Call for PhD Student Candidates to FCT scholarships
Until January 21, 2022

Genomics of ancient hybridization

We are looking for a strongly motivated graduate student interested in pursuing a PhD degree in Evolutionary Genomics in collaboration between CIBIO-InBIO, University of Porto ( and ISEM, University of Montpellier (

The selected candidate will be invited to apply to a 4-year PhD Fellowship of Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT, Portugal), in the call expected for the first trimester of 2022 (see information about the previous call at Monthly salary is compatible with living costs in Portugal ("BD” in, and the fellowship covers social security and tuition fees. If the fellowship is granted, the PhD project is expected to start in October 2022.

Application deadline: 21 January 2022

Project Description
It is now well documented that related species often exchange genetic material in the wild. Interspecific genetic introgression is thus a potentially important player in biodiversity evolution, yet poorly quantified and characterised. Modern genomics offers unprecedented opportunities to fill this gap and address several questions of great importance for our understanding of evolution: under what conditions does introgression occur, what is the role of natural selection in promoting or impeding it, and the origin selection? The project will focus on three species of south European hares (genus Lepus) that were affected by introgression from an arctic/boreal species that they replaced in this region during the current deglaciation. Analysing a collection of full genome sequences and additional population genetics data, this project will aim to detect and quantify all factors modulating introgression, related for example with sex-linked transmission and behaviour, the interplay between recombination rate variation and genetic incompatibilities, positive natural selection, and coadaptation between genomic regions. This project will allow the acquisition of skills in bioinformatics and sophisticated cutting-edge population and evolutionary genomics, by handling large-scale genomic datasets. This work is expected to have a general impact on the understanding of speciation and evolution through genetic exchange, broadening our understanding of biodiversity beyond species inventories.

- The PhD project will be supervised by José Melo-Ferreira (CIBIO-InBIO, University of Porto -;; and Pierre Boursot (ISEM, University of Montpellier;; and developed in both labs. It will integrate the long-term collaboration between the institutions (see
- If the Fellowship is granted, the Student will register in the BIODIV – Biodiversity, Genetics and Evolution – PhD program at the University of Porto, Portugal. A cotutelle between the Universities of Porto and Montpellier is envisioned.
- The successful candidate will integrate the EVOCHANGE – Genomics of Evolutionary Change – research group at CIBIO-InBIO (

Required Qualifications:
- A Master (MSc) degree in Biology, Evolution, Genetics, Bioinformatics or related fields is required. If any of the stated degrees was obtained abroad, the formal recognition of the degree in Portugal and the conversion of the obtained grades to the Portuguese scale are required at the time of the application to FCT (more information at
- Candidates should be highly motivated and demonstrate strong interest in Evolutionary Biology.
- Preference will be given to candidates with experience in analyses of high-throughput sequencing data, and knowledge of programming languages, such as Unix, Python/Perl and/or R, and with a track record demonstrating these skills.
- Good writing and communication skills in English, excellent teamwork skills, and ability to work independently.
- Availability for mobility between CIBIO-InBIO (Vairão, Portugal) and ISEM (Montpellier, France). Specific funds are available to sustain such mobility.
- The successful applicant must be resident in Portugal at the start of the PhD.

How to Apply:
- Application deadline: 21 January 2022 or until the position is filled, whichever comes first;
- Inquiries and Applications should be directed to José Melo-Ferreira (; indicating the research subject "Genomics of ancient hybridization”.
- Applications should be written in English and must include the following information:
1) a motivation letter describing the candidate’s profile, research interests and suitability for the role;
2) a Curriculum Vitae, summarizing the academic path, research experience, publications and other qualifications deemed relevant;
3) copy of the BSc and MSc certificates, and course grades;
4) names and contact information of two referees.


A Concurso: Três (3) Bolsas de Doutoramento no Programa Doutoral Biodiversidade, Genética e Evolução - BIODIV - cE3c
4 a 30 de outubro 2021

Encontra-se aberto um concurso internacional para a atribuição de três (3) bolsas de doutoramento no âmbito do programa doutoral Biodiversidade, Genética e Evolução (BIODIV) para o Centro de Ecologia, Evolução e Alterações Ambientais – cE3c. s bolsas serão financiadas pela Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT).

Mais informação sobre o concurso e procedimentos para candidatura no edital disponível AQUI.


Open Call: Three (3) PhD Fellowships in the Biodiversity, Genetics and Evolution Doctoral Program - BIODIV - cE3c
4 to 30 October 2021

We announce the opening of an international call for the attribution of three (3) PhD scholarships in the Biodiversity, Genetics and Evolution (BIODIV) doctoral program for the Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Change – cE3c. The scholarships will be funded by the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT).

More information about this call and procedures for application on the public notice available HERE.


Concurso para Bolsa de Investigação para Doutoramento (BIODIV)- CIBIO-InBIO
10 a 23 de abril 2021

O Centro de Investigação em Biodiversidade e Recursos Genéticos - Rede de Investigação em Biodiversidade e Biologia Evolutiva (CIBIO-InBIO) abre concurso para atribuição de 1 Bolsa de Investigação a candidatos inscritos ou a candidatos que satisfaçam as condições necessárias para se inscreverem no Programa de Doutoramento em Biodiversidade, Genética e Evolução (BIODIV) da Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade do Porto e que pretendam desenvolver atividades de investigação conducentes à obtenção do grau académico de doutor no CIBIO-InBIO, ou em instituições de acolhimento a ela associadas, incluindo instituições estrangeiras. 

Informações relacionadas com o procedimento de candidatura devem ser enviadas por email para

Call for PhD Studentships (BIODIV) - CIBIO-InBIO
10 to 23 April, 2021

The Research Centre in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources - Network in Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology (CIBIO-InBIO) open a Call for 1 (one) grant PhD studentships. PhD studentships are aimed at applicants enrolled or that comply with the requirements to enroll at the Doctoral Progamme in Biodiversity, Genetic and Evolution of Faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto and who wish to carry out research at CIBIO-InBIO and others associated institution, including abroad.

[Please note that the English translations of the "Notice of the Call - PhD Studentships – CIBIO-InBIO 2020” do not override the original Portuguese version (Aviso de Abertura  do Concurso para Atribuição de Bolsa de Investigação para Doutoramento - CIBIO-InBIO)]

Information related to the application procedure or application form may be required via email to 

The information on this page does not replace or override any requirements set forth in the Regulation and in the Notice of Call (in Portuguese).