[Taxacom] 2 PhD positions in dinoflagellate evolution

gottschling at biologie.uni-muenchen.de gottschling at biologie.uni-muenchen.de
Mon Nov 3 04:55:03 CST 2008

Dear colleagues,

please distribute the following job announcement broadly.

Job announcement

The Departments of Palaeontology (FU Berlin), Systematic Botany (LMU
Munich),                           Historical Geology – Palaeontology
(University Bremen), and the Museum of Natural History (Berlin) invites
applications for
2 Ph.D. Studentships in Systematics, Evolution and Biogeography of
Salary: approx. € 29,000 gross per annum (employment according to German
BAT IIa/2 / E13/2),                      funded by the Deutsche
Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, project title:
                                 ‘Evolution of calcareous dinoflagellates
producing benthic cysts’, Ref. KE 322/36-1)
Duration: 2009–2011 (2 x 36 months)
Starting date:  January 1st, 2009, or as soon as possible thereafter

We are looking for two motivated candidates holding a Master´s degree (or
equivalent) in a relevant subject.  One Ph.D. project requires expertise
in molecular systematics (DNA extractions, PCR, sequencing,
bioinformatics; biochemists are also welcome to apply), and the other
project involves research, for which light and electron microscopy
(SEM/TEM) skills are essential. Both Ph.D. projects will be located at the
Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, and successful candidates will
demonstrate interest in the fields of taxonomy and systematics, broader
questions in evolutionary biology, and biogeography and molecular clock
studies.  Good communication skills, the ability to work independently in
an interdisciplinary team, and the willingness to conduct fieldwork in
Europe and South America are essential.  A working knowledge of English,
and possibly also Spanish, is desirable.

Job duties
The two Ph.D. students will interact closely, combining molecular and
morphological approaches to expand the currently fragmentary knowledge
about the extant diversity of calcareous dinoflagellates.  Such micro
algae belonging to the Alveolata are excellently preserved in the fossil
record and have received increased attention over the past three decades
as regards their use in biostratigraphy, climate, and environmental
reconstruction.  Supposed ‘living fossils’ have been described, but not
been brought into culture so far.  The project will thus include fieldwork
to expand the World’s largest living culture collection of calacareous
dinoflagellates held at Bremen.  Detailed morphological and anatomical
investigations of the different life cycle stages will result in
additional characters for phylogenetic analyses and will provide a deeper
understanding of morphology and function of coccoid stages in calcareous
dinoflagellates.  Multi-gene phylogenetic trees will be set in a temporal
context by fossil calibrations or constraints, and you will address
questions about the timing and setting of divergence events as well as the
association of divergence events with habitat requirements and the
establishment of new ecological niches.

Applications should be sent to Prof. Dr. Helmut Keupp, Freie Universität
Berlin, Geologische Wissenschaften, Fachrichtung Paläontologie,
Malteserstrasse 74-100, D – 122 49 Berlin, and include:
1) a cover letter outlining relevant background and work experience,
2) a full curriculum vitae, including a list of publications and copies of
3) names and addresses of two referees.
The Freie Universität Berlin supports gender equality and particularly
encourages women to apply.  Equally qualified, severely handicapped
applicants will be given preference.

For informal enquiries, please contact Dr. Marc Gottschling
(gottschling at biologie.uni-muenchen.de).
The deadline for receipt of all applications is December 1st, 2008.

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