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The Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge, is seeking a Post-doctoral research associate (PDRA) in avian macroevolution to join the project “Modernization, diversification, and domination: Macroevolutionary origins of living bird diversity”, funded by UK Research and Innovation. The PDRA is for 2 years in the first instance with a possible extension for a third year.  Ideally the candidate would start in 2020.

The scope of the project is broad, and it is anticipated that the successful candidate will have flexibility to pursue research questions aligning well with their interests. It is expected that the candidate will have experience and interest in at least one of the following areas: 3D morphological analysis and anatomical description, palaeoneurology (cranial endocast reconstruction and analysis), computational biomechanics, 3D geometric morphometrics, divergence time analysis, phylogenetic inference and study of diversification rates, phylogenetic comparative methods, ecological niche modelling, and/or historical biogeography.

Applications are invited from candidates with relevant expertise in fields such as vertebrate palaeontology, vertebrate morphology, molecular and morphological approaches to phylogenetics, and/or phylogenetic comparative methods, preferably including knowledge of avian diversity. The successful candidate will work as part of a wider team of vertebrate palaeontologists and evolutionary biologists working with a range of data types to study the origins of modern avian biodiversity, including questions related to how, when, and where extant avian diversity arose.

The candidate will have (or be about to obtain) a PhD and possibly some postdoctoral experience in a relevant area. They will have significant experience in macroevolution and/or vertebrate palaeontology, good communication skills, the ability to work as part of a team, good IT and data handling skills, and preferably a track record of publication in peer-reviewed journals.

Further particulars and information at http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/24822/, you can use this link to apply online for this vacancy from the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Enquiries concerning this position should be directed to Dr. Daniel Field (djf70@cam.ac.uk), and applicants are encouraged to contact Dr. Field regarding the position. More information about our research group can be found here: http://danieljfield.com/Home/People.html

Please quote reference LB22145 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University and the Department are committed to equality and diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society. The University holds an institutional Athena-SWAN silver award and the Department is a bronze award holder. Details of some of the family-friendly policies operated by the University are at: http://www.hr.admin.cam.ac.uk/pay-benefits/cambens-employee-benefits/family-friendly.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

The closing date is 29 February 2020.
See also our website http://www.esc.cam.ac.uk
Department of Earth Sciences, Downing Street, Cambridge CB2 3EQ, UK.

The University holds an institutional Athena-SWAN silver award and the department is a bronze award holder.


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Name: Dr. Daniel Field
Email: djf70@cam.ac.uk

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