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PhD Opportunities

This lists details the PhD projects that we are aware of. They are by no means exhaustive and the institutions listed, and others, may well be offering additional projects. Further details for many of these projects are already available on institutional websites. Note that application deadlines can be as early as January, and interviews usually take place during the period January-April.

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Institution: University of Leicester
Supervisor(s): Dr Tom Harvey (University of Leicester), Prof. Mark Purnell (University of Leicester), Dr Duncan Murdock (University of Oxford), Prof. Phil Donoghue (University of Bristol)
Funding Status: Funding is in competition with other projects and students
Description: Project Highlights: Study an undescribed assemblage of exceptionally-preserved Cambrian microfossils Explore the origins of biomineralization in chordates, the taphonomy of carbonaceous Cambrian fossils, and/or the biostratigraphic potential of paraconodonts (depending on the interests of the student) Use cutting-edge microscopy and imaging techniques More information...
Expiry Date: Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Institution: Milner Centre for Evolution, University of Bath
Supervisor(s): Prof Matthew Wills (Bath), Dr Marcello Ruta (University of Lincoln), Prof Paul Barrett (Natural History Museum, London)
Funding Status: Funding is in competition with other projects and students
Description: As popularly understood, evolution is largely synonymous with increasing complexity. But is this really the case? The maximum complexity of animals is undeniably greater today than when they first evolved(1). However, the most marked increase in complexity occurred during the Cambrian ‘Explosion’ ~542Mya, which lasted perhaps 20My (a step-like rapidity that vexed Darwin). Two things in particular remain unclear, however. The first is whether the Cambrian marked a unique gear-change in the evolution of animal body-plans (e.g. More information...
Expiry Date: Thursday, August 31, 2017
Institution: The Natural History Museum
Supervisor(s): Prof. Xiaoya Ma (The Natural History Museum, London), Prof. Matthew Wills (Milner Centre for Evolution, University of Bath), Prof. Philip Donoghue (School of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol), Prof. Davide Pisani ( School of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol)
Funding Status: Funding is in competition with other projects and students
Description: The ‘Cambrian explosion’ some 542 Mya witnessed the apparently simultaneous appearance of most major animal phyla in the fossil record, with a rapidity that vexed Darwin. Many of the most intriguing Cambrian fossils discovered in the last thirty years come from exceptionally preserved fossil assemblages in Southwest China, which are increasingly shedding new light on our understanding of this pivotal period in Life’s history. More information...
Expiry Date: Thursday, August 31, 2017