This page is for people interested in joining my group, collaborating, or other opportunities in which I am involved.




I am always interested in talented people who might want to apply for fellowship funding to work at the Institute of Integrative Biology on areas of biology related to mine, or to join my group. I currently have one Marie Curie fellow working as part of my team, and would be happy to support more applications. The Institute of Integrative Biology has an excellent track record of successful fellowships, and a high proportion of fellows here have converted their positions into permanent lectureships. I’ve been through the process myself, so I am very supportive of researchers who are taking this route. So if you are looking for somewhere to do a Marie Curie, NERC, SNSF or other fellowship, and are interested in the kind of science we do here, or in directly collaborating with me, then send me an email. The earlier you get in touch the better!


PhD opportunities:

I typically advertise one or two PhDs a year, and these are always advertised on FindAPhd. Currently I have two projects advertised:


Extreme spermatogenesis and mating systems with Rhonda Snook and Greg Hurst

This project examines how the production of ludicrously massive sperm in some fruit flies (up to 25 times longer than their bodies) affects how they mate and behave, interactions between the sexes, and their evolution. It is a lab based project, combining behavioural and evolutionary experiments. It is funded by NERC through the ACCE Doctoral Training Partnership competition “Adaptations to the challenges of a changing environment“, and this funding is only available to UK or EU citizens who have lived in the UK for the past two years. More details about the project are available on FindAPhd.


The role of space in the evolution of female promiscuity with Stephen Cornell

This project examines how spatial factors, such as encounter rates, can affect the costs and benefits of female promiscuity. It will combine mathematical modelling work with lab experiments using fruit flies. At the moment it is not funded, and so students would have to fund it themselves.


You can find more details about being a PhD student at Liverpool here, or send me an email.

For general tips on being a PhD student or postdoc, Scott Keogh and Chris Chambers have some excellent advice



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