The project involves an extensive research team of academics from the UK and overseas, including: Professor Brian Leander (an expert on extant euglenids) and Dr Pascal-Antoine Christin (an expert in phylogenetic methods and trait evolution). The PDRA will work closely with the above academics in; (i) developing a database of euglenid characters (notably pellicle wall characters) and incorporating this into phylogenetic analyses; (ii) developing a database of eukaryote first appearances in the fossil record and incorporating this into molecular clock analyses of eukaryote diversification.
PERSON SPECIFICATIONYou should provide evidence in your application that you meet the following criteria:-
- Have a Ph.D. in a relevant subject area.
- Proven experience in research on advanced methods of phylogenetic analyses and trait evolution.
- Proven experience in research on advanced methods of molecular clock analyses (including the implementation of fossil calibrations).
This is a one-year fixed term postdoctoral position to work under the direction of Professor Charles Wellman on a NERC Standard grant ‘Excavating the roots of the tree of life: revealing a billion year record for the euglenids’. The PDRA will work in collaboration with a team of academics and be responsible for:-
- Creating a database of euglenid pellicle characters for extant and fossil forms. The former will be derived from Project Partner Leander’s published and unpublished material. The latter will be derived from wall ultrastructure work on newly discovered fossils recently conducted by team members Wellman, Strother and Taylor.
- Incorporating the above database into phylogenetic analyses of the euglenids. This will involve manipulation of previous analyses based on morphological and molecular characters.
- Analysing the results from above in the context of trait evolution of characters of the highly complex euglenid pellicle.
- Creating a database of first appearances in the fossil record of the main eukaryote groups.
- Incorporating the above database into molecular clock analyses of the eukaryotes in order to shed light on their primary adaptive radiation and the integral position of the euglenids.
- Collaborating with the project team to write and publish the results of the above.
You will make a full and active contribution to the principles of the ‘Sheffield Academic’. These include the achievement of excellence in applied teaching and research, and scholarly pursuits to make a genuine difference in the subject area and to the University’s achievements as a whole.
Reward packageTerms and conditions of employment: Will be those for Grade 7 staff.
Salary for this grade: £31,302 - £32,236 per annum.
This post is fixed-term for 12 months with a start date between 1/10/2019 - 1/11/2019.
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