Postdoctoral project on the developmental evolution of the jaw in stem and crown group gnathostomes at Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Leiden

The Postdoctoral project is on the investigation of the process of acquisition of the vertebrate jaw and evolution of modularity. The evolution of component modules forming a complex structure is studied, testing hypotheses on stepwise acquisition caused by disparate evolution of the components. The main objective is to study the integration of the different components in the jaw. The project will employ a general qualitative study of jaws in stem and crown group gnathostomes with an emphasis on basal taxa. Quantitative tests using a geometric morphometrics or anatomical network analysis approach on lower jaws of extant osteichthyans will be used to test the suggested modularity and integration of components. This framework will be used to identify component evolution in fossil stem osteichthyans, stem chondrichthyans and stem gnathostomes. A comparative developmental analysis of selected fossil and recent taxa will complete the study.Finally, major changes in the evolution of jaws will be timed in a macroevolutionary study combining the results of all the researchers involved in the research team of Dr. Martin Rücklin.

Application deadline is September 16, 2017. More Information can be found here.


PhD position: Palaeo-Evo-Devo of malacostracan crustaceans at the Faculty of Biology, Zoology, Functional Morphology of Animals, LMU Munich

We are seeking a highly motivated PhD student to take part in the investigation of the evolutionary history of malacostracan crustaceans, including extant and fossil representatives. The project is based on an interdisciplinary approach, in which developmental data of extant and fossil species are incorporated into an evolutionary framework, shortly referred to as palaeo-evo-devo. The major data base is provided by morphological investigations of extant and fossil specimens with modern imaging methods. Data are interpreted in a strict phylogenetic framework.

Application deadline is September 01, 2017. More Information can be found here.


PhD position at the Museum für Natur und Umwelt in Schleswig-Holstein

The Museum für Natur und Umwelt is part of the association LÜBECKER MUSEEN and member of the Zentrum für Kulturwissenschaftliche Forschung Lübeck (ZKFL). It is a large natural science museum in Schleswig-Holstein and offers exciting insights into geological and biological topics, the natural history of the state, and into the habitats and the diverse fauna and flora of the Lübeck region. One emphasis in the collection of the museum lies on the famous fossil lagerstätte Groß Pampau, which has been known for many years by its occurrence of whale remains. Stratigraphically, the locality is situated at the middle/late Miocene boundary. It is the largest area of pre-Quaternary outcrop in Schleswig-Holstein, where the so-called “Oberer Glimmerton”, an 11-12 Ma old sediment of the ancient North Sea appears.

We are looking for a PhD student to analyse palaeoecological aspects of the Miocene mica clay of the whale locality Groß Pampau. More information can be found here.


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