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

John Grehan calabar.john at gmail.com
Tue Sep 25 08:35:47 CDT 2012


This postdoc position sounds interesting. That it is actually going to
consider Darwin's laws of growth that have so much been suppressed in
evolutionary biology makes it potentially worthwhile. But if the position
is worth more than the paper it is written on it will also consider
Croizat's revolutionary deconstruction of classicial morphological
categories in floral architecture.

John Grehan

On Tue, Sep 25, 2012 at 11:10 PM, Jürg Schönenberger <
juerg.schoenenberger at univie.ac.at> wrote:

> Postdoctoral fellowship - University of Vienna
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> Diversity and evolution of the floral morphospace
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> 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>
> www.botanik.univie.ac.at/sfb.
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> 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).
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> 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
> biologists)
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> 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
> written).
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> 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.
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> 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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