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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Work With An Invert! - Freshwater Gastropod Systematics

PhD position - molecular systematics and evolution of freshwater gastropods

A three year PhD position is available at the Museum of Natural History Berlin in a research project on the molecular systematics and evolution of viviparid snails. Funding is provided by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG).

Viviparids are a species-rich and phenotypically diverse group of freshwater gastropods with an almost worldwide distribution and a long fossil record. We want to use this group to address issues in evolutionary biology such as the evolution of morphological disparity, biogeography or ancient lake radiations. A major component of the project will be the reconstruction of viviparid phylogeny using both molecular and morphological techniques. The geographic focus will be on Asian taxa.

We are seeking a student with a MSc or equivalent degree (diploma) in biology. The successful candidate should have experience with techniques in molecular and/or morphological systematics and should have a strong interest in biogeography and evolutionary biology. Good communication skills, the ability to work independently and the willingness to conduct fieldwork in South and Southeast Asia are essential.

We offer an intellectually stimulating research environment in one of Europe’s largest natural history museums with well-equipped state-of-the-art lab facilities.

To apply, please send an e-mail application including CV, names and addresses of two referees and a brief letter explaining why you are interested in this PhD position by June 20 to Thomas von Rintelen: Please quote the job reference number DR/046/08 in the subject line.

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