Join us

Our lab is located within the Cavanilles Institute of Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology of the University of Valencia (Spain). Founded in 2000, the Cavanilles Institute has already become a leading institution in evolutionary biology and ecology in southern Europe. The institute offers a friendly environment with strong research groups in population genetics, metagenomics, symbiont biology, evolution of virus, synthetic biology, evolutionary ecology and ethology, to cite but a few. Valencia is a fantastic city to live in, offering a vibrant and culturally alluring experience, unbeatable weather, beautiful beaches and incredible food (the true home of the paella)! Enquiries to join our lab are more than welcome all year round, just drop an email ( Specific pre/post-doc posts linked to existing projects will be announced whenever available.

Open positions

Post-doc– A fully funded one-year (throughout 2017) junior post-doc is available to work with us on sexual conflict, kin selection and ageing in D. melanogaster throughout 2017. The project broadly involves empirical work on fly behaviour, microbiota and CHCs, comparative analyses, and potentially some mathematical modelling. Candidates with interests/expertise in any of these areas (or a combination of them) are encouraged to apply.

Pre-doc– We are also looking for a graduate student to work on a PhD within the same project. Candidates would ideally join our lab for a period of 6-12 months as part-time or full-time lab assistants (funded), with the objective to learn the system, obtain hands-on research experience and apply for independent funding for their PhD (starting 2018).

For applications & expressions of interest email me at

General Post doc opportunities

The are two national fellowships schemes available (depending on whether candidates have previous post-doctoral experience or not) and the Marie Sklodowska Curie actions, which offer substantial funding.

General Pre doc opportunities

Students interested in conducting a PhD in our lab may apply for  two different pre-doc fellowships: the national FPU fellowship scheme and the University of Valencia’s own PhD fellowship scheme “Atracció de talent”.

Masters & undergraduates

We welcome both master’s students and undergraduate student interested in conducting their research project at our lab. There are no fellowships available for MSc students at the moment, but there is a national scheme for undergraduate scholarships and the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour also offers several undergraduate project scholarships each year to European students.