sábado, mayo 10, 2008

Beca para estudiar Sus scrofa

Se ha ofertado una tesis sobre la variación morfológica de Sus scrofa, tanto en poblaciones actuales como fósiles. Se va a desarrollar en la Universidad de Durham (Reino Unido). Os adjuntamos la información que nos ha llegado

This tied PhD studentship forms part of a Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) funded project entitled: Pigs People and the Neolithisation of Europe. The studentship will be based jointly in the
departments of Archaeology and Anthropology at Durham University (UK) and will investigate morphological variation in wild and domestic pigs from Europe and the Near East over the last 10,000 years. Using 3D
geometric morphometric techniques, the research project will explore morphometric variation in the maxillary teeth and crania of modern and ancient wild boar and pigs, with a specific focus on signatures of
phenotypic expression related to the process of domestication in ancient and modern Sus scrofa.

The project forms an integral part of a much broader collaborative and multi-disciplinary research effort at Durham University (funded by the Wellcome Trust, AHRC and most recently NERC), which uses a wide variety
of archaeological, anthropological, and genetic methods to understand the origins and spread of early farmers around the world. Applicants will be expected to hold a good first degree and an MSc or MA in Bioarchaeology, Anatomy, Biological Anthropology, Bioengineering, zoology or other relevant subject, have a good understanding of computing and statistics, and ideally some experience of shape analysis. Although training and hands-on supervision will be provided, it is essential that the candidate can operate independently and take initiatives in their own research. The studentship will be supervised jointly by Dr. Keith Dobney and Dr Una Strand Viðarsdóttir and the chosen candidate will collaborate closely with the project's postdoctoral researcher: Dr Thomas Cucchi.

The studentship will cover the full cost of tuition fees for UK/EU students, and will pay an annual tax-free stipend of £12,600 for three years. Non-UK/EU students are encouraged to apply, but will be responsible for additional University fees charged to international students. There are additional funds available for related laboratory consumables and travel. Applications should be sent to Dr Keith Dobney at the email address
given below and should include: 1) Your Curriculum Vitae. 2) Course results for undergraduate and any post-graduate work. 3) A cover letter explaining why you are well qualified for this project.4) Two letters of recommendation in support of you application. Please also have two letters of recommendation in support of youapplication sent on your behalf. For informal enquiries please contact Dr Keith Dobney on +44 191 3341119
( k.m.dobney@durham.ac.uk )

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