Research Associate in Phylogenetic and Molecular Clock Analyses
University of Sheffield, Faculty of Science: Department of Animal and Plant Sciences
United Kingdom


This position is funded by a NERC Standard Grant ‘Excavating the roots of the tree of life: revealing a billion year record for the euglenids’ led by Professor Charles Wellman. The project involves a study of the fossil record of the protist group euglenids that occupy a critical phylogenetic position at the base of the eukaryotes. The Research Associate role is to take these fossil data and link them to characters of living euglenids (morphological and molecular) in phylogenetic and molecular clock analyses of the euglenids and eukaryotes in general. This will shed light on the nature and timing of the primary adaptive radiation of the eukaryotes.
The project involves an extensive research team of academics from the UK and overseas, including: Professor Brian Leander (an expert on extant euglenids) and Dr Pascal-Antoine Christin (an expert in phylogenetic methods and trait evolution). The Research Associate will work closely with the above academics in; (i) developing a database of euglenid characters (notably pellicle wall characters) and incorporating this into phylogenetic analyses; (ii) developing a database of eukaryote first appearances in the fossil record and incorporating this into molecular clock analyses of eukaryote diversification.

Candidates must have a PhD (or be close to completion) in a relevant subject area (or have equivalent experience) and proven experience in research on advanced methods of phylogenetic analyses and trait evolution and advanced methods of molecular clock analyses.
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