Ants, Bees, Genomes & Evolution

@ Queen Mary University London

Joining the lab

We are always eager for smart & motivated people to come and work with us. The Organismal Biology department at QMUL includes many other behavioral and evolutionary genomics researchers; we share a cutting edge laboratory for genomics work and a powerful computing environment. We are located in East London, with many of us living locally (Hackney, Bow) - a 15 minute walk to 20 minute bicycle ride from the office.

If you’re interested in joining us, please provide by email a CV, and a short proposal. Projects should address major evolutionary or ecologically relevant questions, and/or major challenges in bioinformatics/genomics. We are happy for projects to include population genomics, comparative analyses, bioinformatics, molecular biology, software development, hacking, field or behavioral work.


** April 2018: We have an open 1-year position for a postdoc to adress questions about the recent evolution of bumblebee genomes (population genomics, comparative genomics, molecular evolution). Official advertisement to follow. Feel free to get in touch informally before then.**

We invite applications for Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowships. The biggest effort is usually to come up with a good project. Once a proposal is written it is often worth applying to several funding sources.

These can include:

PhD positions

PhD funding exists as part of multiple schemes. These include:

  • RCUK Doctoral training programmes - application deadlines in January. The two programmes are slightly different, in that NERC is typically more for ecology & evolution type questions, while BBSRC has historically been more mechanistic. However, the boundary is very fuzzy - it can be relevant to apply to both. These programmes are accessible to UK residents and to EU citizens.
  • Many national schemes exist (e.g., from your country of origin). Some of these are listed on QMUL’s page including:
    • CONACYT (Mexico)
    • Commonwealth Scholarships
    • Newton fund
    • US citizens can come with Marshall or Fullbright scholarships.
  • Occasionally, we have specific funding for PhD positions.
  • In some circumstances we accept self-funded PhD candidates.

Please get in touch if you want to apply for a PhD position.


We can in some cases host interns (for French students: par exemple pour les stages de M2 ou équivalent). This is much easier if you come with your own funding. Minimal duration is 5 months.

MSc students

Our department hosts at least 3 MSc progams that are relevant to our research - these programs typically last one year for full-time students, include taught courses and a 6-9 month research project.