We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher to work on an NSF funded
project on the ecological and environmental drivers of body shape evolution
across teleost fishes and we are keen to find someone with a good
background in morphometrics.
It is a collaborative project between Samantha Price, at Clemson
University, and Peter Wainwright, at the University of California, Davis;
the postdoc will be based at Clemson. Research involves the generation and
analysis of ecomorphological databases of linear measurements and geometric
morphometric descriptions of fish shape taken from museum specimens, as
well as environmental and ecological data collated from existing sources.
These data are analyzed using phylogenetic comparative methods in a high
performance-computing framework. The postdoc will assist in data collection
and analysis, as well as supervising undergraduate researchers and will be
expected to write and publish scientific papers.
Research in the Price lab is broadly focused on phylogenetic approaches to
macroevolution and biodiversity, with the aim of identifying repeating
themes and general principles governing the evolution of vertebrate
diversity. We study both living and fossil animals and use data and
techniques from across evolutionary and organismal biology, palaeobiology
and data science.
It is a one-year appointment renewable for one or more additional years
conditional upon performance. Applicants should have completed a Ph.D. or
expect to do so prior to starting in the position. Starting date negotiable
but strongly prefer Jan 2018.
Review of applications will begin on Aug 7th 2017 and the position will
remain open until filled.
A successful applicant will have:
- A doctoral degree in a relevant subject.
- One or more of the following skill sets: geometric morphometrics,
phylogenetic comparative analyses, functional morphology, fish diversity
and natural history.
- Experience collecting, collating and analyzing large morphometric and
ecological datasets and working in museum collections.
- A solid track record of scientific publications and international
Interested candidates should email (1) an application letter summarising
research interests, goals and qualifications as well as experience
mentoring undergraduate research, (2) a CV and (3) contact information for
at least two references to Samantha Price sapr...@ucdavis.edu. Please don't
hesitate to contact me if you wish to discuss the position prior to
applying. Review of applications will begin on Aug 7th 2017 but the
position will remain open until filled.
Samantha Price, Ph.D.
Dept. Evolution & Ecology
Davis, CA 95616
Starting Fall 2017:
Dept. Biological Sciences
South Carolina 29634, USA
MORPHMET may be accessed via its webpage at http://www.morphometrics.org
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