The goal of the interdisciplinary project ?Cenozoic Radiations? is
to test the hypothesis that the modern Angiosperm diversity has been
assembled through a series of adaptive radiations during the Cenozoic,
resulting from the interaction between evolving plant functional
traits and environmental change. The project will link recent advances
in building and analysing huge phylogenetic trees, with an increased
understanding of plant functional traits, and substantial progress in
documenting Cenozoic Angiosperm fossils. The project is based at the
Institute of Systematic Botany of the University of Zurich, with close
collaborations with researchers in Switzerland (Nicolas Salamin, Colin
Hughes), Germany (Volker Mosbrugger, Dieter Uhl), the US (Peter Wilf,
Kevin Nixon, Maria Gandolfo), Mexico (Susana Magallon), Australia
(Greg Jordan) and South Africa (William Bond). Funding comes from the
Swiss National Fund for Science (SNF).
There are three positions, each with funding for three years:
PhD / Postdoc in building and analysing the Angiosperm phylogenetic
tree. This position will focus on identifying significant shifts in
the Angiosperm diversification rate during the Cenozoic by mapping
species richness over a large, dated Angiosperm phylogeny. This
involves building the tree, rate correcting and age-calibrating it,
and calculating the diversification rate shifts on the tree.
PhD / Postdoc in plant functional traits (PFT?s). This researcher will
identify potential important plant functional traits, and interpret
the evolution of these traits in the context of the Angiosperm
phylogeny. Correlations between global and local environmental changes
and shifts in the diversification rates can be used to evaluate the
importance of the PFT?s in the diversification of particular clades.
PhD / Postdoc in Cenozoic Angiosperm palaeobotany. This will link
shifts in the diversification rates and in the PFT?s to fossil sites,
by placing the nearest living relatives of the fossils on the
Angiosperm phylogenetic tree. This places the radiations in a spatial
context, as well as corroborating the temporal context.
For further information, contact Peter Linder (Peter.email@example.com
Applications MUST be received no later than Wednesday, 30 June 2010.
Interviews to be held either middle July or middle August, with a
start date in November or December 2010.
To apply, send the following materials, as separate PDF files, to
Peter Linder (Peter.firstname.lastname@example.org):
1. PDF of cover letter, indicating
--position applied for
--your career goals
--your research interests in context of the Cenozoic Radiations
--a detail of how the previous experience and skills shown in
your CV prepare you specifically for the position for which you are
2. PDF of CV, complete, showing contact information, title of thesis
and dissertation, date, universities, research experience, notable
skills, advanced courses, publication list, posters and talks
presented, awards, service, etc. If your Masters / PhD is not yet
completed, please indicate by when you expect to graduate.
3. PDF of the abstract of your Masters thesis or Ph.D. dissertation
research. If your Masters / PhD is not yet completed, please provide a
4. PDF of university report of coursework, showing grades and degrees
earned (must be in English)
5. PDF's of published papers and papers in-press.