Research Associate in Phylogenetic Comparative Analysis
School of Environmental Sciences
We are looking to appoint a Research Associate in phylogenetic comparative 
analysis of parental care, who has or is presently working towards completing 
their PhD in Biology or related disciplines. The post is funded by the 
University of Hull.
The RA will be a member of the Evolutionary Comparative Ecology Group 
( led by Dr Isabella Capellini 
( that investigates fundamental questions on the 
evolution of animal diversity using state of the art phylogenetic comparative 
approaches, and offers a dynamic research environment in which the RA can 
further develop their skills. The successful applicant will be a core member of 
the ‘Parental Care’ cluster including Dr James Gilbert, Dr Lesley Morrell and 2 
PhD students, with whom the RA is expected to work closely. Within the School, 
the successful applicant will also benefit from a rich and diverse research 
environment that includes the Ecology and Environmental Change Group, and the 
Evolutionary Biology Group.
This project extends our past work in mammals (West & Capellini 2016 Nature 
Communications) to amphibians and fish. The RA will compile a large dataset of 
parental care behaviours in amphibians and fish, lead the analysis using 
phylogenetic comparative methods to answer questions on the evolution of female 
and male uniparental care, and draft manuscripts. Depending on the RA’s skills 
and interest, we may also investigate the project’s questions with mathematical 
modeling approaches.
Essential: PhD in biology or related discipline near completion; knowledge of 
modern phylogenetic comparative methods, strong quantitative skills, evidence 
of work of publishable quality, excellent oral and written communication 
skills, demonstrable ability to work as an effective team member, and be 
reliable, self-motivated and well organized.
Desirable: PhD in biology or related discipline, experience with phylogenetic 
comparative methods, experience in testing hypotheses on phenotypic evolution 
across species, strong publication record, experience with R.
The position is fixed term for 3 years. The start date is 25th September 2017 
and no earlier than the 1st of August 2017.
Salary range: £26,829 to £32,004 pa - Starting salaries according to 
qualification and experience.
You can learn more about this position and apply online at:<> (Vacancy ref: FS0302). 
Applicants are required to submit a current CV and a covering letter detailing 
how their qualifications and experience meet the job description and 
Enquiries to Dr Isabella Capellini:<>
Closing date 27th April 2017

Dr Isabella Capellini
Senior Lecturer in Vertebrate Zoology, FHEA

School of Environmental Sciences
Hardy Building, University of Hull
Cottingham Road, Hull
HU6 7RX (UK)

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