[Taxacom] job - Vienna: 3-year postdoctoral position in structural/evolutionary botany

Jürg Schönenberger juerg.schoenenberger at univie.ac.at
Tue Sep 25 06:10:30 CDT 2012

Postdoctoral fellowship - University of Vienna


Diversity and evolution of the floral morphospace


A postdoctoral position funded through the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) is
available at the Department of Structural and Functional Botany, Faculty
Centre of Biodiversity, University of Vienna, Rennweg 14, 1030 Vienna,
Austria. Website:  <http://www.botanik.univie.ac.at/sfb>


Terms of employment: employment is for 3 years; expected starting date is
March 2013 (or according to agreement); and salary is according to FWF
guidelines (website:  <http://www.fwf.ac.at> www.fwf.ac.at).

Project description: A striking feature of organismal morphological
variation is that not all the theoretically possible architectures have been
explored during the evolution of species. Existing morphologies are
restricted to a limited set by developmental, functional, and phylogenetic
constraints. The project aims at comparing the occupied portion of the
morphological space (or morphospace) in angiosperm reproductive structures
through geological time and among selected clades of flowering plants. The
project focuses on physical and biological rules, convergence and
contingency at play during the evolution of natural shapes. The project will
be conducted in collaboration with colleagues in Austria, France and the
U.S. (botanists, palaeobotanists, evolutionary biologists, and theoretical

Desired qualifications include: A PhD degree in biology; knowledge and
experience in evolutionary biology (phylogeny, molecular dating, ancestral
state reconstruction) and angiosperm morphology (extant taxa/fossils); a
strong basis in statistics and mathematics; experience in database
management; and excellent communication skills in English (both oral and


Place of work: The Faculty Centre of Biodiversity consists of three
botanical and a zoological department as well as a botanical garden.
Research focuses on various aspects of patterns and processes in evolution
and ecology. The Faculty Centre offers a stimulating working environment and
excellent research facilities including state-of-the-art laboratories for
morphological as well as for molecular work.


Application: To apply, please send a single PDF document comprising your CV,
your publication list, a letter describing your motivations to apply, and a
short summary of your current research interests to
<mailto:juerg.schoenenberger at univie.ac.at>
juerg.schoenenberger at univie.ac.at. Also arrange for two letters of reference
sent directly to the email address given above. Applications must be
received by October 31, 2012. For further information please contact Juerg
Schoenenberger; tel. +43 (0)1 4277 54080 or email.



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