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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

The Laboratory for Invertebrate Paleobiology and Evolution at the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, and Museum of Comparative Zoology, at Harvard University is seeking a postdoctoral fellow to join our team as part of the Human Frontier Science Program-funded project entitled “Reconstructing water to land transitions in arthropod evolution – combining atoms, genes, and fossils”. The postdoctoral fellow will join a diverse group of invertebrate paleobiologists and evolutionary biologists interested in the use of fossils for reconstructing the early evolution of major animal groups. As part of the HFSP -funded project, the postdoctoral fellow will collaborate with an international team of researchers including Dr. Rosa Fernández at the Institute of Evolutionary Biology (Barcelona, Spain), and Dr. Ana Belén Muñoz-García at the University of Naples Federico II (Naples, Italy) to investigate the micro and macroevolution of arthropod respiration though a multidisciplinary approach combining phylogenomics, physical chemistry and invertebrate paleobiology.

More information about the Laboratory for Invertebrate Paleobiology and Evolution at Harvard University –

More information about the HFSP -funded project hosted at Harvard University –


Salary will be commensurate to years of postdoctoral experience in accordance with the National Institutes of Health salary scale (, with a starting salary for FY23 starting at $54,840.00 (Postdoc year 0) and ranging to $66,600.00 (Postdoc year 7).

Who are we looking for?

We seek an evolutionary biologist interested in the water to land transition during arthropod evolution, with particular focus in understanding the micro- and macroevolution of adaptations (e.g. molecular, physiological, anatomical) for aerobic respiration in different environments.


This is a fixed three-year position starting on January 2023. We are open to negotiate later starting dates during 2023 with interested applicants.

Diversity, equality and inclusion statement

We are committed to fostering a culture of open communication, inclusiveness, and equality within our group, extending to other members of the academic community and the general public. We welcome applications from individuals regardless of gender, nationality, ethnicity, age, orientation, beliefs, or veteran status. We are particularly eager to receive applications from individuals that self-identify as members of underrepresented minorities in the geosciences, evolutionary biology and STEM disciplines at large.

Basic Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in paleobiology, invertebrate zoology, evolutionary biology, or related fields. Graduate students in the final year are eligible to apply, but proof of PhD is required before the appointment begins.

  • A solid track record of scientific publications and international conference presentations.

  • Proficiency in one or more of the following skills set: micro computed-tomography (micro-CT imaging, tissue staining, specimen preparation); 3D data analysis and rendering (e.g. SPIERS , Dragonfly, Blender); geometric morphometrics; computational fluid dynamics ( CFD ); comparative anatomy; phylogenetic methods (e.g. parsimony, Bayesian, molecular clocks). Specialist knowledge of invertebrate zoology and evolutionary biology (particularly arthropods) is desirable but not strictly required.

    Additional Qualifications

    Special Instructions

Application review will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Please upload the following materials.

  1. Cover letter summarizing your research experience and your interest in the position.

  2. Curriculum vitae including full list of publications and awards (if applicable).

  3. Up to three representative peer-reviewed publications or pre-prints, ideally including at least one first-authored output.

  4. Names and contact information of three references. Please note that references are not required at the time of application; referees will be contacted after an initial screening.

Harvard University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and requires pre-employment reference and background screening.

Contact Information

Professor Javier Ortega-Hernandez

Contact Email

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 3

Maximum Number of References Allowed 5


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