Harvard University Postdoctoral Fellow in Invertebrate Paleobiology and Evolution in Cambridge, Massachusetts


Title Postdoctoral Fellow in Invertebrate Paleobiology and Evolution

School Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Department/Area Organismic and Evolutionary Biology

Position Description

We seek a postdoctoral research associate to join the Ortega-Hernández Lab for Invertebrate Paleobiology to work on the early evolution of animals, with emphasis on the diversity, development, and phylogeny of Paleozoic and/or extant groups. Our current research includes the study of exceptionally preserved Cambrian and Ordovician biotas, design of datasets to test phylogenetic hypotheses, tomographic visualization of the internal anatomy of fossil and extant invertebrates, and fieldwork on fossiliferous Paleozoic localities in North America (more information at https://ortega-hernandezlab.oeb.harvard.edu/). We invite applications from candidates whose interests align with ongoing work on the lab, and are open to discuss research proposals on any of these topics. This position will be for one year, with the possibility for renewal.

Basic Qualifications

Doctoral degree in earth sciences, zoology, evolutionary biology or related disciplines. A track record of published research on any aspect of the evolution of invertebrate animals, preferably (but not exclusively) ecdysozoan phyla, is required.

Additional Qualifications

We seek a talented individual with demonstrable expertise – or a combination thereof – on analytical methods (e.g. phylogenetics, geometric morphometrics), advanced imaging (e.g. computed tomography, data visualization and reconstruction), wet lab techniques (e.g. comparative embryology, in situ hybridization), and/or field experience (e.g. paleontological fieldwork, collection of live animals). The ability to work independently and a strong initiative to collaborate with members of the research group are paramount. We encourage research proposals that take advantage of the scientific collections held at the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University.

Special Instructions

Interested candidates should upload a cover letter (2 pages maximum), a brief statement (< 500 words) detailing their current work and research interests, an up to date CV, and the name and contact information for two professional referees. The position will be open until filled and the start date is flexible.

Contact Information

Javier Ortega-Hernandez jo314@cam.ac.uk

Contact Email jo314@cam.ac.uk

Equal Opportunity Employer

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions or any other characteristic protected by law.

Minimum Number of References Required 2

Maximum Number of References Allowed 5

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