Paleonet: Postdoc positions available

Paula M Mikkelsen pmm37 at
Tue Jun 2 20:39:05 GMT 2009

*Two Tree-of-Life postdoc positions (Bivalvia AToL Project)*

Two postdoctoral positions are available for full-time postdoctoral
researchers in the Bivalve Tree-of-Life project -- one at the Field Museum
of Natural History (Chicago) and one at the National Museum of Natural
History/Smithsonian Institution (Washington, DC).  For project information,
please see

Initial appointment for each term position is made for 12 months, with
opportunity for performance-based renewal for one or two additional
years.  Starting
salary is $40,000.

Primary focus of the position will be to investigate aspects of gill
(Chicago) and alimentary tract (Washington) morphology across the Bivalvia,
using various techniques including anatomical dissections, histology,
electron microscopy, 3-D computer-assisted reconstructions, as well as field
observations on living animals.  In addition, the postdocs will participate
in the collections management aspects of the BivAToL project, and will be
part of larger group efforts such as field collecting and phylogenetic
analyses.  Opportunity will exist for “first-authored” project development
as well as for exposure to additional (e.g., molecular) techniques.

The candidate should have the following proven attributes:

-- PhD in relevant area

-- Experience in at least some of the mentioned techniques and approaches

-- Strong interest in comparative and functional morphology of invertebrates

-- Capacity to work in a team as well as independently

-- Availability in the near future

Interested candidates should send a CV, statement of research interests, and
contact information for three references via email (pdf) to Rüdiger Bieler (
rbieler at and Ellen Strong (StrongE at  Candidates
should indicate if they would like to be considered for one or both

Evaluation of applications will begin June 15 and continue until suitable
candidates are found.  Earliest starting date will be in July 2009.
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Paula M. Mikkelsen, Ph.D.
Associate Director for Science
and Director of Publications
Paleontological Research Institution
1259 Trumansburg Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
Tel. (607) 273-6623, ext. 20
Fax (607) 273-6620
email  pmm37 at

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Keys and Adjacent Regions: Bivalves,"

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