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Post-doctoral research associate in avian macroevolution and vertebrate palaeontology (Fixed Term)

The Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge, is seeking a Post-doctoral research associate (PDRA) in avian macroevolution to join the project "Modernization, diversification, and domination: Macroevolutionary origins of living bird diversity", funded by UK Research and Innovation. The PDRA is for 2 years in the first instance with a possible extension for a third year. Ideally the candidate would start in 2020.

The scope of the project is broad, and it is anticipated that the successful candidate will have flexibility to pursue research questions aligning well with their interests. It is expected that the candidate will have experience and interest in at least one of the following areas: 3D morphological analysis and anatomical description, palaeoneurology (cranial endocast reconstruction and analysis), computational biomechanics, 3D geometric morphometrics, divergence time analysis, phylogenetic inference and study of diversification rates, phylogenetic comparative methods, ecological niche modelling, and/or historical biogeography.

Applications are invited from candidates with relevant expertise in fields such as vertebrate palaeontology, vertebrate morphology, molecular and morphological approaches to phylogenetics, and/or phylogenetic comparative methods, preferably including knowledge of avian diversity. The successful candidate will work as part of a wider team of vertebrate palaeontologists and evolutionary biologists working with a range of data types to study the origins of modern avian biodiversity, including questions related to how, when, and where extant avian diversity arose.

The candidate will have (or be about to obtain) a PhD and possibly some postdoctoral experience in a relevant area. They will have significant experience in macroevolution and/or vertebrate palaeontology, good communication skills, the ability to work as part of a team, good IT and data handling skills, and preferably a track record of publication in peer-reviewed journals.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

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Enquiries concerning this position should be directed to Dr. Daniel Field (, and applicants are encouraged to contact Dr. Field regarding the position. More information about our research group can be found here:

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