Research Assistantships in Plant Mediterranean Biogeography

Wed Sep 29 12:13:49 CDT 2004


POSITION DESCRIPTION: Applications are open for two 3-yr Ph.D.
assistantships (or one Ph.D. and one post-doctoral assistantship) in
the general research area of plant molecular
systematics/biogeography. This international collaborative project,
funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, is entitled: "Dating
the origins of plants endemic to the Corso-Sardinian microplate: A
window on the biogeography of the western Mediterranean basin" and
focuses on seven genera that include species endemic to Corsica and
Sardinia. To learn more about my research program, you can check at
REQUIREMENTS: Demonstrated experience in field collecting, molecular
techniques, phylogenetic and molecular dating analysis, and/or
ancestral area reconstruction is highly desirable. Excellent
knowledge of the English language, written and oral, required.
Familiarity with additional European languages would be useful for
field work in the Mediterranean and living in Switzerland.
FACILITIES: The Institute for Plant Systematics of the University of
Zurich offers excellent research facilities in an international and
stimulating academic environment.  Located in the heart of Europe,
Zurich offers all the cultural opportunities of a major European city
in close proximity to the Alps.
HOW TO APPLY: Send the following by regular mail to Prof. Elena
Conti, Institute for Systematic Botany, Zollikerstrasse 107, 8008,
Zurich, Switzerland  (Ph: 0041-1-634 8424; Fax: 0041-1-634 8403;
email: ContiElena at  I) a one- to two-page
application letter addressing, but not limited to the following
questions: a) Why are you interested in a Ph.D. or post-doc in plant
systematics/biogeography? b) What are your career goals?; II) your
detailed curriculum vitae, including a list of field collecting,
molecular, analytical, and linguistic skills, presentations at
scientific meetings, and publications (if applicable); III) a copy of
your undergraduate and graduate academic record; IV) two letters
(Ph.D. applicants) or three letters (post-doctoral applicants) from
your academic advisors addressing i) your intellectual and academic
skills, ii) your dedication to science, and iii) your ability to work
cooperatively in a team.
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: October 30, 2004.  Positions will remain
open until suitable candidates are found.
STARTING DATE: Between Jan. 1 and March/April 1, 2005.
Elena Conti,
Associate Professor
University of Zuerich
Institute for Systematic Botany,
Zollikerstrasse 107,
8008 Zuerich, SWITZERLAND
Ph: 0041 1 634 8424
Fax: 0041 1 634 84 03
email: ContiElena at

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