lundi 3 avril 2017

Research Associate in Phylogenetic Comparative Analysis

School of Environmental Sciences
We are looking to appoint a Research Associate in phylogenetic comparative analysis of parental care, who has or is presently working towards completing their PhD in Biology or related disciplines. The post is funded by the University of Hull.
The RA will be a member of the Evolutionary Comparative Ecology Group ( led by Dr Isabella Capellini ( that investigates fundamental questions on the evolution of animal diversity using state of the art phylogenetic comparative approaches, and offers a dynamic research environment in which the RA can further develop their skills. The successful applicant will be a core member of the ‘Parental Care’ cluster including Dr James Gilbert, Dr Lesley Morrell and 2 PhD students, with whom the RA is expected to work closely. Within the School, the successful applicant will also benefit from a rich and diverse research environment that includes the Ecology and Environmental Change Group, and the Evolutionary Biology Group.
This project extends our past work in mammals (West & Capellini 2016 Nature Communications) to amphibians and fish. The RA will compile a large dataset of parental care behaviours in amphibians and fish, lead the analysis using phylogenetic comparative methods to answer questions on the evolution of female and male uniparental care, and draft manuscripts. Depending on the RA’s skills and interest, we may also investigate the project’s questions with mathematical modeling approaches.
Essential: PhD in biology or related discipline near completion; knowledge of modern phylogenetic comparative methods, strong quantitative skills, evidence of work of publishable quality, excellent oral and written communication skills, demonstrable ability to work as an effective team member, and be reliable, self-motivated and well organized.
Desirable: PhD in biology or related discipline, experience with phylogenetic comparative methods, experience in testing hypotheses on phenotypic evolution across species, strong publication record, experience with R.
The position is fixed term for 3 years. The start date is 25th September 2017 and no earlier than the 1st of August 2017.
Salary range: £26,829 to £32,004 pa - Starting salaries according to qualification and experience.
You can learn more about this position and apply online at: (Vacancy ref: FS0302). Applicants are required to submit a current CV and a covering letter detailing how their qualifications and experience meet the job description and specification.
Enquiries to Dr Isabella Capellini:
Closing date 27th April 2017