Research Associate

Job title Research Associate

Department Biology & Biochemistry

Salary Starting from £32,548, rising to £38,833

Grade Grade 7

Placed on Friday 18 May 2018

Closing date Monday 18 June 2018

Interview date To be confirmed

Reference CA5851


Applications are invited for a two-year position as a Postdoctoral Researcher, as part of a research project on mass extinction and recovery, and with particular emphasis on the Cretaceous-Paleogene (K-Pg) boundary. The project, led by Dr. Nicholas Longrich, is part of a 5-year project funded by the Leverhulme Foundation and based at the Milner Centre for Evolution at the University of Bath. The Milner Centre is a new, researcher-led initiative to undertake fundamental research and outreach on evolution, answering major questions in evolutionary biology. Supported by a £5 million donation to create a new building, our goal is to create an internationally excellent centre for evolutionary biology and establish Bath as a leader in the field, producing great science and excellent researchers.

The project goal is to understand the severity, selectivity, and recovery from mass extinction, and the role of extinctions in driving evolution. Earth’s history is punctuated by mass extinctions – severe, global, and rapid events that wiped out vast numbers of species. The dynamics of these extinctions are incompletely understood. How many species were lost? How did survivors differ from victims? How did the ecosystem recover? How did extinction affect the distribution of species on Earth? Do recoveries simply replace lost diversity, or do they lead evolution to pursue different directions? To answer these fascinating questions, we are undertaking a series of studies of the K-Pg boundary. We will study new Cretaceous and Paleogene fossils from terrestrial ecosystems in North America, and marine vertebrates in Morocco, synthesize data from the literature on the diversity and distribution of invertebrates, and use molecular clocks to search for signals of adaptive recovery in the Cenozoic. the project also looks to extend this work to other extinction events to understand the degree to which extinctions are governed by common patterns and processes, or not.

As part of the project team, we seek a postdoctoral researcher with a strong relevant research background in palaeontology,  biology, and/or geology. The researcher appointed will be involved in both leading and collaborating in research within the project, including identifying new collaborative and funding opportunities. They will also have a significant role as deputy leader of the laboratory, including day-to-day running of the lab, leading meetings, supervising postgraduates and junior researchers and recruiting new members. Skills in this area, in addition to a strong research background, are thus important for this role.

Please include with your application:

• Full CV including publication list

• Cover letter, discussing research experience and goals, and what you will bring to this project

• Contact details for three references

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

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