OPPORTUNITIES IN THE LAB

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Undergraduates

 

Enthusiastic undergraduate students are welcome to join the lab. If you are interested in our research please contact me to discuss your research interests, goals and availability to conduct research.

Graduate Students

 

We always welcome highly motivated graduate students with interests in behavioural ecology, evolutionary biology, genomics and conservation. I admit students through the HKU postgraduate programme. Please check out the websites below for details about requirements and application. Please contact me if you are interested in joining our lab. There are a number of fellowships and scholarships available for local and international students to apply. Please see the websites below for details.

 

HKU Graduate School

Guide to Application for Admission

Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS)

HKU Graduate Awards and Financial Assistance

Postdoctoral Researchers

 

If you are interested in a postdoctoral position, please contact me to discuss research opportunities.

HKU Presidential Post-doctoral Fellowship

POSITIONS AVAILABLE!

Postdoctoral Positions in Evolutionary Genomics

We are looking for Postdoctoral Researchers to work on genomics projects on non-model species. The lab has several study systems and active projects addressing population genomics, comparative genomics, genotype-phenotype association, and behavioural genetics. A key focus of the lab is to use genomic, epigenomic and transcriptomic data to understand the genetic basis and evolution of phenotypic traits. Collaborative international projects are already underway, ensuring a quick and productive start. The Postdoctoral Researchers will have extensive opportunities to interact with collaborators and involve in different evolutionary and ecological genomics projects.

Duration: 
The initial appointment is for one year, with renewal based on performance. Funding is available for two years. This is a full time appointment.

Qualifications:
Applicants must have completed a PhD (or will have completed a PhD before the position start) in bioinformatics, genomics, evolutionary biology, population genetics, or a related discipline, with a demonstrated record of research achievement (via publications). They will also be proficient with programming in a scripted language (e.g. Python, Perl, or R). Experience with shell scripting and computing cluster environments and/or experience working with whole genome datasets in population or comparative genomics will be beneficial.

Working Environment: The University of Hong Kong is an English-speaking institute and one of the most international universities in Asia. It has a rank of 39 according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021.

Start Date: Flexible in 2021.

Salary: A highly competitive salary plus annual leave and medical benefits will be offered.

How to apply: Please send a CV (with contact information for three references), cover letter describing research interests and skills, and copies of publications to Simon Sin (sinyw@hku.hk). Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

PhD Positions in Bat Ecology, Microbiome and Genomics

 

We are looking for highly motivated candidates for PhD positions to work on bat ecology, microbiome and genomics. A key focus of this project is to understand how bats co-evolved with parasites and pathogens, and how the genetics of bats influence their behaviour. The lab is routinely conducting fieldwork and has a large sample collection. The PhD will have extensive opportunities to interact with other lab members and collaborators and involve in different evolutionary and ecological genomics projects.

 

Duration: This is a four-year full-time PhD position.

 

Start Date: 2022.

 

Qualifications and requirement:

- BSc/MPhil degree in biology or related fields (or will have completed a BSc/MPhil before the position start);

- High motivation and strong interest for behavioural ecology and evolutionary biology;

- Proficiency in English;

- Background in molecular genetics, behavioural ecology, chemical analysis, bioinformatics, genomics, evolutionary biology, or related disciplines is desirable;

- Willingness to learn new skills in chemical analysis, molecular lab work, bioinformatics, etc.

 

Study Environment: The University of Hong Kong is an English-speaking institute and one of the most international universities in Asia. It has a rank of 39 according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021.

 

A Postgraduate Scholarship will be offered, in addition to annual leave and medical benefits

 

How to apply: Please send (1) a CV (including a list of publications), (2) motivation letter describing research interests and skills, and (3) contact details for 2-3 references to Dr. Simon Sin (sinyw@hku.hk). Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

PhD Positions in Bird Cognition, Intelligence, Senses and Communication

 

We are looking for highly motivated candidates for PhD positions to work on bird cognition, intelligence, senses and communication. A key focus of this project is to understand how birds use different senses to communicate and respond to stimuli, and how their mental capacities help them to survive and reproduce. The lab has established a study system and is routinely conducting animal behaviour experiment. The PhD will have extensive opportunities to interact with other lab members and collaborators and involve in different projects.

 

Duration: This is a four-year full-time PhD position.

 

Start Date: 2022.

 

Qualifications and requirement:

- BSc/MPhil degree in biology or related fields (or will have completed a BSc/MPhil before the position start);

- High motivation and strong interest for animal behaviour and evolutionary biology;

- Proficiency in English;

- Background in animal behaviour, molecular ecology, behavioural ecology, evolutionary biology, chemical analysis, bioinformatics, or related disciplines is desirable;

- Willingness to learn new skills in chemical analysis, molecular lab work, etc.

 

Study Environment: The University of Hong Kong is an English-speaking institute and one of the most international universities in Asia. It has a rank of 39 according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021.

 

A Postgraduate Scholarship will be offered, in addition to annual leave and medical benefits

 

How to apply: Please send (1) a CV (including a list of publications), (2) motivation letter describing research interests and skills, and (3) contact details for 2-3 references to Dr. Simon Sin (sinyw@hku.hk). Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.