PhD Position – Postnatal ontogeny of birds, University of Fribourg

The announced PhD position is part of the SNF Ambizione project “The phylogenetic relationship of theropod dinosaurs and the role of heterochrony in the deep origin of birds,” granted to Dr. Christian Foth within the research lab of Prof. Walter Joyce. The goal of the project is to study and compare the postnatal osteological ontogeny of the primary avian lineages. The PhD student is expected to document morphological characters underlying ontogenetic variability, which will be conceptualized and compared with each other using qualitative morphological descriptions and quantitative analytical methods, including morphometrics and geometric morphometrics, univariate and multivariate statistics, and cladistics.

Requirements are:

  • a masters degree (or equivalent) in biology, geology, or palaeontology
  • experience in tetrapod anatomy and systematics
  • expertise in statistics and cladistics
  • fluency in written and spoken English (some knowledge of German or French is beneficial, but not essential)


Application deadline: April 1st, 2018.

Starting date: August 1st, 2018.

Duration: up to 4 years

The job announcement can be found here.

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