Seeking a postdoctoral scholar to participate in an ongoing collaborative research project (D. Jablonski-K. Roy-J. W. Valentine-R. Bieler) on the origin and maintenance of taxonomic, trait, and functional diversity in time & space. Marine bivalves will be used as a model system due to their excellent fossil record, ecological diversity, highly resolved taxonomy and increasingly refined phylogenies. The immediate research goal is the construction of a supertree for Bivalvia from existing molecular phylogenies, and time-calibrating that tree using paleontological data.
The postdoctoral scholar will take the lead on construction of a higher-level phylogeny of bivalves (using supertree and/or super matrix methods) and its subsequent time calibration, and participate in research supported by the resulting phylogeny, with the opportunity to take the lead on some new research projects. Experience in tree construction/alignments required.
One-year appointment, although collaboration will likely extend beyond that time; we will also be applying for further funding but cannot guarantee success. Starting date negotiable but prefer early fall 2019. Requires either Ph.D. in hand or dissertation submitted and approved for degree. Under certain circumstances, the work could be done remotely, with frequent (~weekly) Skype sessions with Jablonski and other group members.
Please email in a single pdf a 1-2 page letter documenting research interests and experience, a CV, and the email addresses of at least two references to Dr. David Jablonski () at the University of Chicago. Applications required by August 31, 2019 for full consideration.
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