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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 Manchester
Supervisor(s): Dr R Garwood (University of Manchester), Dr R Sansom (University of Manchester), Dr M Sutton (Imperial College, London)
Funding Status: Funding is in competition with other projects and students
Description: Macroevolution occurs over time spans of millions of years. Two approaches can be taken in identifying and understanding macroevolutionary patterns and processes - empirical and theoretical. For example, the mode and tempo of evolutionary change can be investigated using phylogenies of living and extinct species, and through computer simulations replicating evolution in digital organisms/species [1,2]. These contrasting approaches are complementary, but each has limitations: empirical data contain biases (fossilisation, for example), whilst by necessity simulations are highly simplified. More information...
Expiry Date: Sunday, January 31, 2021
Institution: University of Manchester
Supervisor(s): Dr R Sansom (University of Manchester), Dr R Garwood (University of Manchester), Dr T Gilman (University of Manchester).
Funding Status: Funding is in competition with other projects and students
Description: Phylogenetic data are fundamental for understanding evolution. Building and analysing trees from genotypic and phenotypic data is necessary to reconstruct evolutionary relationships, diversifications, rates, and dynamics. Molecular data have had a renaissance with respect to development of ‘big data’ approaches, and a plethora of analytical tools. Morphological data are also essential, especially because of their role in analysis of fossils thus providing deep time-perspectives. They are, however, relatively neglected. More information...
Expiry Date: Sunday, January 31, 2021
Institution: University of Manchester
Supervisor(s): Dr M Buckley (Uniersity of Manchester), Prof J Hoyland (Uniersity of Manchester), Dr P Manning (Uniersity of Manchester)
Funding Status: Funding is in competition with other projects and students
Description: Bone plays vital roles in the body. Structurally, through supporting body movement and protection of internal organs, and chemically, acting as a reservoir of minerals, blood cell production and molecules for endocrine regulation. It is a biological composite of an inorganic phase (predominantly calcium phosphate) and organic phase, the latter is dominated by collagen molecules that are arranged into fibrils and fibres, within gaps of which the nucleation of mineral crystals occurs. More information...
Expiry Date: Sunday, January 31, 2021
Institution: Universität Hamburg
Supervisor(s): Dr. William Foster (Universität Hamburg), Prof. Dr. Jörn Peckmann (Universität Hamburg)
Funding Status: Funding is in place for this project
Description: The position in accordance with Section 28 subsection 3 of the Hamburg higher education act (Hamburgisches Hochschulgesetz, HmbHG) commences on October 1st 2021. This is a fixed-term contract in accordance with Section 2 of the academic fixed-term labor contract act (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz, WissZeitVG). The term is fixed for a period of 36 months. The position calls for 65% of standard work hours per week**. More information...
Expiry Date: Wednesday, February 3, 2021
Institution: Universität Hamburg
Supervisor(s): Dr. William Foster (Universität Hamburg), Prof. Dr. Jörn Peckmann (Universität Hamburg), Dr. Daniel Birgel (Universität Hamburg)
Funding Status: Funding is in place for this project
Description: The position in accordance with Section 28 subsection 3 of the Hamburg higher education act (Hamburgisches Hochschulgesetz, HmbHG) commences on October 1st 2021. This is a fixed-term contract in accordance with Section 2 of the academic fixed-term labor contract act (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz, WissZeitVG). The term is fixed for a period of 36 months. The position calls for 65% of standard work hours per week**. More information...
Expiry Date: Wednesday, February 3, 2021
Institution: University of Zurich
Supervisor(s): Supervisor: Dr. Catalina Pimiento; University of Zurich Collaborator: Dr. Daniele Silvestro; University of Freiburg
Funding Status: Funding is in place for this project
Description: We are offering a fully funded PhD position in evolutionary biology, focused on modelling evolutionary processes using shark paleontological and neontological data. The successful candidate will work in a Swiss National Science Foundation project that aims at establishing the factors that predict extinction risk in the past and future. The specific objectives of the PhD project include: a) estimating shark extinction rates in the geological past; b) forecasting future shark extinctions; and c) modelling biological determinants of extinction. More information...
Expiry Date: Thursday, April 1, 2021