PhD positions

*NEW* BBSRC PhD positions. Closing date 8th December 2017.

Full details here.

Note that while the advertised positions are only open to UK/EU students, I am always interested to hear from keen graduate students, as sometimes other sources of funding become available at short notice, or are available on application to competitive sources of funding (e.g. Conacyt, EU, Marie Curie).

Some further details of School projects are available on


I am always open to enquries from potential postdocs, particularly those wishing to develop their own projects. Various sources of funding are available, all with their own particular rules, including Marie Curie fellowships, Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) postdocs, Newton fellowships, Human Frontiers in Science (HFS) awards, to name a few. Otherwise, open postdoctoral positions will normally be advertised on email lists, such as Evoldir.

MRes and Msci

The School of Biology runs two separate Masters Courses, a Master of Research (MRes) that is aimed at external students wishing to undertake a year long project in one of our research laboratories, and an Master of Science (MSci) that is only open to internal undergraduates.

I am able to offer MRes courses in a wide variety of subjects, including but not limited to Population and Evolutionary Genetics, Developmental Biology, Ecology and Animal Behaviour. Contact me for further information.

If you are a third year undergraduate at Nottingham, and are considering my lab for your fourth year MSci research project, but not certain what we do, then I would encourage you to to contact me in advance. Previous titles have been: Molecular genetics of left-right asymmetry; Evolution of colour polymorphism; The causes of behavioural handedness in snails; Are ‘mirror image’ snails perfect mirror images?; Imaging ‘Sex and darts in slugs and snails’ – (‘Photography and imaging’ module a requirement). Some of these projects have led to publications, including undergraduate authorship - see Publications page.

Ordinarily, the projects that I have offer are open to development/input by the student. For example, 2011-12 we hosted three Msci and one MRes students, two working on Evolutionary Molecular Genetics, one on Evo-Devo and another on Animal Behaviour.