This just in: 3-year position (PhD student) available at the Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin on the skull morphology of early tetrapods and lissamphibians.
Application deadline 30.10.2020
For further info please contact project coordinator Dr. Marylène Danto <Marylene.Danto@mfn.berlin<mailto:Marylene.Danto@mfn.berlin>>
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|Position:||research assistant (PhD student) (f/m/d)
|work schedule:||75% of the weekly working time (currently 29 hours and 33 minutes per week)
|Duration:||External funding, Immediately/soon as possible for 34 month
|Entgeltgruppe:||E 13 TV-L
and Mesozoic stem- and crown-tetrapods, the skull morphology is
remarkably divergent and extreme skull modifications (characterized by a
frequent losses of bony elements), are observed among the different
groups. The extreme end to this trend is exemplified in modern
lissamphibians, in which only 19 out of the original 43 dermal skull
elements of their early tetrapod ancestors are retained. In the present
project, the skull morphology of a broad selection of early tetrapod and
lissamphibians that are adapted to different lifestyles will be
investigated to detect how and specifically why dermal bones are lost
repeatedly and if this pattern evolved convergently in the different
lineages of early tetrapods.
- Scientific research in the DFG funded project: “Evolutionary simplification of the dermatocranium in early tetrapods”
- Morphological examination of the dermal skull bones of numerous early tetrapods and lissamphibians in terms of shape variation (geometric morphometrics)
- Production of thin-sections of early tetrapods specimens (paleohistology)
- Examination of the extension and location of the jaw muscles in early tetrapods
- Publication of scientific results in peer-reviewed journals
- Attending and participating in international conferences
- Master’s (or comparable) degree in Biology or Paleontology
- Profound knowledge of early tetrapods and lissamphibians
- Basic knowledge of morphological (geometric morphometrics) and/or histological (paleohistology) methods are desirable
- Willingness to undertake national and international business trips
- Very good English language skills (written and spoken)
- Ability to work in a team, reliability and self-sufficiency
In support of equal rights applications from qualified women
are particularly welcome. Handicapped individuals will be given
preference in cases of identical qualifications.
We look forward to receiving your application with the usual documents (cover letter, curriculum vitae, certificates) by 30.10.2020, preferably via our online application portal.
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