Eawag is the Swiss Federal Institute for Aquatic Science and Technology, a Swiss-based and internationally operating aquatic research institute within the ETH domain.
The Department Fish Ecology and Evolution seeks in collaboration with the University of Idaho a
Postdoctoral Researcher in
Comparative Analysis of Cichlid Fish Radiations
This postdoctoral research associate position is available in the labs of Ole Seehausen at Eawag, Switzerland (Centre of Ecology, Evolution & Biogeochemistry) and Luke Harmon at University of Idaho to investigate pattern and process of adaptive radiation.
We are interested in what facilitates or constrains the origin of species diversity. Cichlid fish are an ideal system to address this. They are a wide spread family of freshwater fish and have made many independent adaptive radiations in tropical lakes. Lakes Victoria, Malawi and Tanganyika are well known, but many others are less well known. The Seehausen Lab has collated genetic and phenotypic data on various cichlid fish radiations. The Harmon lab has developed quantitative concepts and analysis tools for investigating adaptive radiations.
The Postdoctoral researcher will engage in phylogenetic and phenotypic analyses, and use comparative analysis tools to address questions about phylogenetic inertia in evolutionary rates, temporal trends in adaptive radiations, and predictions of neutral and non-neutral models of diversification. The Postdoctoral researcher will be located mainly at the Eawag Centre of Ecology, Evolution & Biogeochemistry in Switzerland, with shorter stays at the University of Idaho.
Candidates have a thorough background in evolutionary biology, and are familiar with sequence-based phylogenetic analysis. Preference will be given to candidates familiar with the R environment and possessing either knowledge of comparative methodology or of African cichlid fish. Funding is available for 10-12 months, depending on the starting date, with a possibility for continuation dependent upon performance. Given the availability of data and analysis tools, we expect the project will quickly begin to generate results. A start date of August 1 2009 or a mutually agreeable date in late Summer 2009 is strongly preferred. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.
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Deadline is the 15th of June but applications will be considered until the position is filled.
Ole Seehausen at University of Bern (Institute of Ecology & Evolution, Baltzerstrasse 6, CH-3012 Bern) and Eawag Centre of Ecology, Evolution and Biogeochemistry (CEEB; Seestrasse 79, CH-6047 Kastanienbaum)
Luke Harmon at University of Idaho (Department of Biological Sciences)