Evolution is the central theory of the life sciences. The core objective of the RTG TransEvo is to study and promote its key relevance to applied problems. Unintended outcomes of human intervention often result from actions that influence natural selection. For example, the usage of antibiotics or anti-cancer drugs in medicine, of pesticides in agriculture, or human perturbation of the earth's ecosystems directly change natural selection and thereby affect the evolution of organisms. Therefore, the development of sustainable solutions to such emerging challenges can only be achieved by explicit consideration of the influenced evolutionary processes. Yet, to date, the translation of evolutionary concepts to applied problems is only rarely attempted. In turn, the required experimental tests in these areas have the potential to further advance evolutionary theory – to the mutual benefit of translational and basic research. Thus, the overarching aim of the RTG TransEvo is to train two main competences among doctoral candidates: On the one hand, the use of knowledge and concepts from fundamental research in evolutionary biology in order to enhance our understanding of current challenges in applied fields and, on the other hand, the use of the novel insights obtained in order to enrich our understanding of evolution. The RTG TransEvo will promote the translation of evolutionary thinking into three applied fields: (i) medicine, (ii) food production, and (iii) wildlife conservation.
The training of doctoral candidates is explicitly interdisciplinary and organized in tandem projects. Each of these consists of two sub-projects that address a related problem, yet use distinct albeit complementary research approaches, directly generating potential for synergistic interactions. The different tandem projects are interconnected at various levels, which will aid the establishment of a stimulating, interdisciplinary research network for the doctoral candidates. The doctoral research projects will be developed together with the chosen PhD students. The frameworks for research topics are given below. The RTG has a total of 14 sub-projects and thus individual doctoral projects (3 year fixed term positions, TV-L, TV-ÖD E13 65%), for which we invite applications from highly motivated and well-qualified candidates.
Application deadline extended for two of the projects. Please follow the links below for a more detailed project description.
The deadline for applications is December 10, 2019.
The program starts on January 1, 2020 (or shortly thereafter).
The university endeavours to increase the proportion of women in research and teaching and therefore urges appropriately qualified women to apply. Priority is given to women who have equal aptitude and professional performance.
The university is committed to the employment of severely disabled people. For this reason, severely disabled applicants will be given preferential consideration if they are suitably qualified.
We explicitly welcome applications from people with a migration background.
Applications must include: a letter of motivation (max. 1 page), curriculum vitae, the names and addresses of 2 referees (who are familiar with the applicant's work).
We explicitly ask you to refrain from submitting photographs/application photos.
Please send the application as a single PDF-file by December 10, 2019 to:
If you have any questions on the RTG program or individual projects, please also contact Dr. Sabrina Koehler (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Description of tandems and doctoral projects -