We invite applications for a PhD position within the GeoBio-Center of the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU), Munich. The successful student will join a new independent junior research group funded by the Emmy Noether Programme of the German Research Foundation (DFG). The research group will be led by Dr. Richard Butler, and will focus on the systematics and macroevolutionary patterns of the initial evolutionary radiation of archosauromorphs (archosaurs and closely related reptiles) in the early Mesozoic.
The PhD project will be funded for three years beginning December 2011, with extensive travel funding available for visits to palaeontological collections worldwide and attendance of international conferences and courses. The successful student will gain skills in quantitative analysis of macroevolutionary and biogeographical patterns, phylogenetics, comparative anatomy, taxonomy, and modern imaging and databasing techniques (e.g. CT scanning, Morphobank, Paleobiology Database). Further details of the topic of the PhD research are available on request from Richard Butler ( email@example.com).
Requirements: The ideal candidate will be highly motivated with an excellent academic record and will possess a strong background in palaeontology or zoology, with prior experience or knowledge of vertebrate anatomy and diversity as well as modern approaches to systematics and taxonomy highly desirable. Strong quantitative skills, experience with analysis of macroevolutionary patterns such as body size evolution or diversity trends, and knowledge of specialist software (e.g. R, Mesquite, TNT) would be advantageous. Students should hold a Master’s degree or equivalent by the beginning of the PhD program. Excellent written and spoken English is required. German language skills are beneficial but not essential because the language of the workgroup will be English (however, funding will be available for the successful student to attend German language classes if required).
Application: Applications should include: (1) a detailed curriculum vitae; (2) a covering letter summarising their experience, motivation and goals in applying for the project; (3) arrange for supporting letters from two or three academic advisors/referees to be sent. Applications should be sent to Richard Butler ( firstname.lastname@example.org) and Frau Monica Brinkrolf (email@example.com) by 15th October 2011.
Further details are available at http://tinyurl.com/3murthb.