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MARIE SKŁODOWSKA-CURIE ACTIONS- Postdoctoral Fellowship: How individual Matching Habitat Choice can facilitate local adaptation, genotype-environment correlation, invasion of novel habitats, and experimental speciation

Universidad Pablo de Olavide

Hosting Information

Offer Deadline
EU Research Framework Programme


Organisation / Company
Universidad Pablo de Olavide
Faculty of Experimental Sciences
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Contact Information

Organisation / Company Type
Higher Education Institute
Postal Code
Carretera de Utrera, Km. 1


The Pablo de Olavide University in Seville offers positions for researchers willing to implement a 2-3 years project based in Spain within the framework of the Horizon Europe Marie Skłodowska Curie postdoctoral fellowships programme (MSCA-PF-2022). All top candidates having the approval of a supervisor at UPO will have the possibility of receiving specialized training in writing a successful proposal for the next MSCA-PF call. You can apply if at the time of the call deadline for the submission of MSCA-PF proposals (September, 2021): 1) you are in the possession of a PhD and you have not obtained your PhD more than 8 years ago; 2) you comply with the mobility rule of the MSCA; 3) you choose the Pablo de Olavide University as your Host Institution. We will be happy to support highly qualified candidates who are interested in any area of our research and are eligible for the MSCA funding. Please contact us by email to get all the details about available scientific supervisors and the procedure to benefit from the training on proposal writing.

Brief description of the Centre / Research Group:

The University Pablo de Olavide is a young and research intensive university. It is home to several ERC projects, and to several CSIC research institutes, incl. a national centre of research excellence. It also hosts the regional centre of excellence in Biodiversity. It consistently ranks in the top 3 of most productive universities in Spain per-capita.

My group is composed of technicians, post-docs, PhD students, MSc students and myself, with a healthy flux of people coming in and continuing elsewhere. We value and promote a collaborative atmosphere, a flat communication structure, flexible hours, and intellectual freedom. My research has been continually funded since 2004.

Project description:

Our scientific interests centre on individual variation, population divergence, genetics and evolutionary theory, with a particular focus on the diverse mechanisms of adaptation and divergence (see Edelaar & Bolnick 2019. Trends in Ecology & Evolution). A main line of research is how individual Matching Habitat Choice can facilitate local adaptation, genotype-environment correlation, invasion of novel habitats, and experimental speciation. We study this in three different empirical systems. We are doing an exciting experimental test using captive Zebra finches and wild Tree sparrows, manipulating individualised access to food with electronic feeders. Additional consequences of Matching Habitat Choice for individuals, populations and communities are being studied using transgenic optogenetic Drosophila fruit flies, where we change their perception of the environment by neural stimulation with light pulses. We have also studied Matching Habitat Choice in grasshoppers colonising urbanised habitats (see Camacho et al. 2020. Proc. R. Soc. B), and can continue this if you are interested. We furthermore use individual-based simulation modelling, and causal structure modelling, to understand the evolution and consequences of Matching Habitat Choice, in the context of other mechanisms to increase performance like phenotypic plasticity, natural selection and niche construction.

For more information (incl. pdfs of published papers):

Anyone interested to collaborate with these projects, or to develop a personal project within these general contexts, is invited to contact me and discuss options.

Applications: Documents to be submitted by applicants:

  • A short description of scientific interests and brief CV