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Ph.D. position for 2004­2007 at the Department of Biological and
Environmental Sciences, University of Helsinki, Finland


The introduction of gene manipulated organisms (GMO's) to agricultural,
fisheries and forestry practices involves risks, such as competitive
replacement of natural species, hybridization between GMO and wild
populations, and cascade of changes in the community composition through
food chains. Despite the great economic and public interest involved, little
ecological work has been conducted so far to directly address these

The aim of the present Ph.D. project is to increase understanding of the
benefits and costs of genetic manipulation on individual fitness, which is
expected to depend on the characteristics of the manipulated trait and the
density and frequency of GMO's and natural populations. The project will
develop life-history theory to predict GMO introductions' effects on
population dynamics, species persistence, and community composition. The
project will also develop new methods for ecological risk analysis.

We are looking for an individual with the following qualifications:
- M.Sc. degree (or equivalent) in ecology or other relevant discipline
- broad interest in different ecological questions
- knowledge of (or motivation to learn) ecological theory and population
- motivation to obtain a Ph.D. degree in four years

The work is to be carried out at the Department of Biological and
Environmental Science, University of Helsinki. The work will be supervised
by prof. Veijo Kaitala and Dr. Sami Aikio. Other members of the team are:
prof. Esa Ranta (Univ. Helsinki), prof. Per Lundberg (Univ. Lund, Sweden),
prof. William Sutherland (Univ. East Anglia, UK) and Dr. Johanna Mappes
(Univ. Jyväskylä, Finland). Our group is part of the ESGEMO-research
programme (http://www.honeybee.helsinki.fi/esgemo/) funded by the Academy of

The salary is approx. 1724 EUR/month (salary bracket A19).

Send your application (in Finnish or in English), including a curriculum
vitae, a summary of research interests and motivation for the project, and
letters of recommendation, by January 23, 2004 to:

Prof. Veijo Kaitala, Department of Biological and Environmental Science,
P.O. Box 65 (Viikinkaari 1), FIN­00014 University of Helsinki, FINLAND.

For further information, contact Veijo Kaitala by e-mail:
veijo.kaitala@helsinki.fi, or call: +358 9 191 577 23.