[Taxacom] PhD position in Botany in Zurich
peter.linder at systbot.uzh.ch
Mon Dec 13 11:14:25 CST 2010
Switzerland Zurich: Ph.D. Positions in Angiosperm Radiations
The goal of the interdisciplinary project
Cenozoic Radiations is to test the hypothesis
that the modern Angiosperm diversity has been
assembled through a series of adaptive radiations
during the Cenozoic, resulting from the
interaction between evolving plant functional
traits and environmental change. The project will
link recent advances in building and analysing
huge phylogenetic trees, with an increased
understanding of plant functional traits, and
substantial progress in documenting Cenozoic
Angiosperm fossils. The project is based at the
Institute of Systematic Botany of the University
with close collaborations with researchers in
Switzerland (Colin Hughes), Germany (Volker
Mosbrugger, Dieter Uhl), the US (Peter Wilf,
Kevin Nixon, Maria Gandolfo), Mexico (Susana
Magallon), Australia (Greg Jordan) and South
Africa (William Bond). Funding comes from the
Swiss National Fund for Science (SNF).
We have a position for a PhD student open in this
project. This student will search for plant
functional traits that may be linked to changes
in the diversification rate. The successful
applicant will have a good general knowledge of
plants, and in particular of plant structure, and
an understanding of eco-physiology and phylogeny.
Correlations between global and local
environmental changes and shifts in the
diversification rates may be used to evaluate the
importance of the PFTs in the diversification of particular clades.
For further information, contact Peter Linder
(<mailto:Peter.linder at systbot.uzh.ch>Peter.linder at systbot.uzh.ch).
You are urged to apply as soon as possible: the
position is available immediately, and will be
filled as soon as a suitable applicant is located.
To apply, send the following materials, as
separate PDF files, to Peter Linder
(<mailto:Peter.linder at systbot.uzh.ch>Peter.linder at systbot.uzh.ch):
1. PDF of cover letter, indicating
-- your career goals
-- why you are interested in this PhD
2. PDF of CV, giving contact information, title
of Masters thesis, a summary of our university
courses and interests, research experience,
notable skills, advanced courses, publication
list, posters and talks presented, awards,
service, etc. If your Masters is not yet
completed, please indicate by when you expect to graduate.
3. PDF of the abstract of your Masters thesis. If
your Masters is not yet completed, please provide a summary.
4. PDF of university report of coursework,
showing grades and degrees earned (must be in English)
5. PDF's of published papers and papers in-press.
Institute for Systematic Botany
CH 8008 Zürich
Ph: +41 (0)44 634 8410
Fax: +41 (0)44 634 8403
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