PhD position in Evolutionary Organismal Biology
Sort on published: 2017-11-13
Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our mission is to pursue top-quality research and education and to interact constructively with society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has 40,000 students, 7,000 employees and a turnover of SEK 6.5 billion.
The Department of Organismal Biology at Uppsala University is internationally renowned for its education and research on topics ranging from developmental biology, systematics, evolution, and physiology. With over 100 researchers and five research programmes (or subdepartments) our interests are wide-reaching, and incorporate a range of collaborative efforts with an engaging educational environment. The Subdepartment of Evolution and Development specifically focuses on the study of vertebrate form and function, evolutionary dynamics, and the mechanisms for changing diversity over time. For more information, see www.iob.uu.se.
The Subdepartment of Evolution and Development now seeks a new and self-motivated PhD student to carry out an integrated descriptive and analytical study of biotic turnover leading up to, and across the Devonian-Carboniferous (D-C) boundary.
Duties/Project description: Profound biotic turnover across the D-C transition has been associated with active orogeny and deglaciation in response to global warming. This is evidenced in the sedimentary rocks of East Greenland, the world’s best succession of low latitude Late Devonian (377-362 Ma) terrestrial sediments, by a marked environmental shift from arid environments with ephemeral rivers to deep permanent lakes. This transition can be correlated with the famous Hangenberg extinction event, which affected both marine and freshwater biotas including a complete turnover of the vertebrate faunas. Recent intensive fieldwork in East Greenland has accumulated a substantial collection of new fossil material housed in the Museum of Evolution at Uppsala University, which can be correlated with sedimentary and geochemical data to explore the succession leading up to the extinction interval. The successful candidate will use this resource, which comprises actinopterygian, acanthodian and chondrichthyan fish remains, traces of a still underexplored flora, and a rich record of sarcopterygian/tetrapod coprolites to infer biodiversity and ecosystem trophic dynamics. These studies will complement comprehensive analyses of sedimentary geochemistry, palynology and climate modeling. The project will be jointly supervised by Prof. Per Ahlberg, Dr Henning Blom, Dr Grzegorz Niedzwiedzki (all at the Department of Organismal Biology, Uppsala University) and Dr Benjamin Kear (Museum of Evolution, Uppsala University).
Requirements: A master degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject area is required. We seek a candidate who is ambitious, motivated and well-educated with a strong interest in vertebrate evolution and historical ecosystems. Given the analytical nature of the project, previous experience with relevant software, as well as climate and ecosystem modelling are a strong advantage. Candidates must be fluent in English.
Application: Applications should include a brief description of research interests and relevant experience, a CV, copies of diplomas and certificates, thesis as well as other relevant documents that the applicant wishes to refer to.
Rules governing Ph.D. candidates are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 5, §§ 1-7 and in Uppsala university's rules and guidelines http://regler.uu.se/search/?hits=30&languageId=1&search-language_en=English
Uppsala University strives to be an inclusive workplace that promotes equal opportunities and attracts qualified candidates who can contribute to the University’s excellence and diversity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and from people of all backgrounds.
Pay: According to local agreement for PhD students and teaching assistants.
Starting: 2018-01-01, temporary position ending 2022-12-31.
Working hours: 100 %.
For further information about the position please contact
Prof Per E. Ahlberg (Per.Ahlberg@ebc.uu.se), Dr Henning Blom (Henning.Blom@ebc.uu.se), Dr Grzegorz Niedzwiedzki (Grzegorz.Niedzwiedzki@ebc.uu.se) or Dr Benjamin Kear (Benjamin.Kear@em.uu.se).
You are welcome to submit your application no later than 1 December 2017, UFV-PA 2017/3999.
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Placement: Department of Organismal Biology
Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months
Pay: Fixed pay
Number of positions: 1
Working hours: 100 %
County: Uppsala län
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Number of reference: UFV-PA 2017/3999
Last application date: 2017-12-01