Go to Sweden. Learn about multicellularity. Taste dank saké.
I am hiring a PhD student to study the evolutionary origins of multicellularity. Apply here https://t.co/Ef77E4WbQX
— Eric Libby (@SFI_elibby) December 11, 2018
Eric Libby is looking for a Ph.D. student to model the evolution of multicellularity at Umeå University in Sweden. Here’s the project description:
The evolution of multicellularity is considered a major transition for the evolution of life on earth that made possible significant increases in organismal complexity. Somehow single-celled organisms, who were successful in their own right, evolved to form new kinds of individuals composed of many cells, multicellular organisms. While multicellularity has evolved on dozens of independent occasions, these events occurred millions of years ago and are absent from the fossil record. Recent experiments, however, have made it possible to study this pivotal event in the lab by using microorganisms to evolve primitive multicellularity de novo. Such experimental systems provide excellent opportunities to test hypotheses about the conditions that govern major transitions and facilitate the evolution of additional forms of complexity.
The goal of this project is to develop mathematical models that marry theory with empirical results to uncover general principles of how life evolves to be complex. Useful modeling techniques include differential equations, network approaches, agent-based simulations, evolutionary analyses, and probabilistic models.
Dr. Libby is a smart guy (and, full disclosure, an occasional collaborator), and this is an exciting opportunity for someone who wants to study the evolution of multicellularity. The application deadline is February 7, 2019. Information and application instructions are here.