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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: Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg
Supervisor(s): Dr. Kenneth De Baets (Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremburg), Dr. Dieter Korn (Naturkunde Museum Berlin)
Funding Status: Funding is in place for this project
Description: We seek a motivated and talented graduate student for a PhD position in the DFG founded project on “Size reductions during hyperthermal events: Early warnings of environmental deterioration or signs of extinction?”. The position is temporary for 36 months (TV-L E13, 75%) and is anticipated to start in Oktober 2019. Place of work is the GeoZentrum Nordbayern, Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Erlangen. More information...
Expiry Date: Saturday, August 31, 2019
Institution: University of Bristol
Supervisor(s): Prof Emily Rayfield (Bristol), Prof Roger Benson (Oxford), Prof Phil Donoghue (Bristol)
Funding Status: Funding is in competition with other projects and students
Description: The overall aim of this PhD project is therefore to determine how vertebrate skeletal form relates to the accommodation of functional loads over evolutionary timescales. In doing so the project will also seek to determine the role of non-functional constraints in the evolution of skeletal form – particularly phylogenetic and constructional constraints – and determine how this varies across the skeleton (e.g. crania versus postcrania) and between clades. More information...
Expiry Date: Monday, September 30, 2019
Institution: University of Bristol
Supervisor(s): Michael J. Benton (University of Bristol), Andrew Newel (British Geological Survey), Matt Wills (University of Bath)
Funding Status: Funding is in competition with other projects and students
Description: The Carnian Pluvial Episode (CPE) was identified in 1989, but its timing, drivers, and impacts have only been recognised recently. The CPE was triggered by Wrangellia LIP eruptions which led to global warming, extreme humidity on land, acid rain, and ocean acidification and anoxia. The CPE not only killed as many as 50% of species, but triggered a burst of recovery of reefs and neopterygian fishes in the sea, and dinosaurs on land. The CPE ranks with the ‘big five’ mass extinctions, and yet it has been little noticed, and not studied. More information...
Expiry Date: Monday, September 30, 2019
Institution: University of Lincoln
Supervisor(s): Dr Marcello Ruta (School of Life Sciences, University of Lincoln), Professor Matthew Wills (Department of Biology and Biochemistry, University of Bath)
Funding Status: Funding is in place for this project
Description: We seek to appoint a highly motivated and enterprising PhD student to carry out research on the evolution of complexity in tetrapods (limbed vertebrates) as part of a John Templeton Foundation grant entitled “Increasing Complexity: The First Rule of Evolution?”, awarded to the Universities of Bath and Lincoln. What is biological complexity? How does it evolve? More information...
Expiry Date: Monday, September 30, 2019
Institution: University of Tübingen
Supervisor(s): Dr. Márton Rabi (University of Tübingen), Prof. Hervé Bocherens (University of Tübingen), Prof. Massimo Delfino (University of Torino)
Funding Status: Funding is in place for this project
Description: Representatives of Crocodylia, the group including modern-day alligators, caimans, crocodiles, and gharials, formed a major element of lowland ecosystems during the Paleogene and have an extensive fossil record accordingly. This makes them an excellent model clade for addressing a broad range of macroevolutionary questions such as the environmental drivers of biodiversity in deep time. More information...
Expiry Date: Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Institution: Memorial University of Newfoundland, Newfoundland, Canada
Supervisor(s): Prof. Duncan Mcilroy (Memorial University of Newfoundland, Newfoundland), Dr. Rod Taylor (Memorial University of Newfoundland, Newfoundland)
Funding Status: Funding is in place for this project
Description: The Memorial University Palaeobiology Research Group are seeking high quality applications for a doctoral student position to study exceptionally preserved Ediacaran body fossils from the famous fossiliferous Mistaken Point assemblages and others on the Bonavista Peninsula of eastern Newfoundland. More information...
Expiry Date: Sunday, December 1, 2019
Institution: Newcastle University
Supervisor(s): Tom Nye (School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics, Newcastle University), Martin R. Smith (Department of Earth Sciences, Durham University)
Funding Status: Funding is in place for this project
Description: We invite applications for a PhD position in statistics at Newcastle University. The project involves the development of a statistical model for the evolution of morphological traits. Evolutionary trees, or phylogenies, are typically estimated or reconstructed using genetic sequence data from present-day species. On the other hand, palaeontological data make a unique contribution to our understanding of evolution, but integrating such data with modern molecular-based analytical techniques is challenging. More information...
Expiry Date: Wednesday, January 1, 2020