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The successful applicant will be employed as part of a European Research
Council-funded team focused on testing the spatial and temporal patterns
and abiotic and biotic drivers of the diversification of terrestrial
tetrapods over the last 370 million years.
 The researcher will play a key
role in the development of spatially and temporally comprehensive datasets
of fossil vertebrate taxonomy and occurrences. Utilising these and other
existing data they will conduct quantitative analyses to document major
temporal and spatial patterns in species-richness over long geological
timescales, and test relationships with potential drivers. The researcher
will be expected to disseminate research results through outstanding
publications in leading journals, conference presentations and outreach
activities. Further duties will involve co-supervision of undergraduate
student projects, and contributing to the training and mentoring of
doctoral researchers and research assistants. Funding will be available for
the researcher to undertake relevant training courses and attend both
national and international conferences.
The post is full-time for three years, with a starting salary of ÂŁ28,695 to
ÂŁ37,394. I am looking for someone with a first degree in a relevant area
such as Geology, Zoology, Biology, Ecology or Palaeontology and a PhD in
Palaeontology, Evolutionary Biology or other relevant field. The candidate
should have excellent quantitative and analytical skills, including
demonstrable experience of using and programming in the statistical
language R, a track record of high-quality scientific publications, and
clear experience in disseminating research results via conference
presentations. Desirable skills include: an understanding of and ability to
interpret and work with published stratigraphic and taxonomic information;
previous experience working with fossil vertebrates and/or deep time
diversity patterns; experience in disseminating research results to the
public through public engagement and media activities; and experience in
supervising or co-supervising research work by undergraduate and/or
graduate students.
Our research group is highly active and growing, and currently includes
three PhD students as well as undergraduate researchers. At least two
further PhD students and a research assistant will also be joining the
group later this year. We are part of a broader palaeobiological research
group at the University of Birmingham that includes additional vertebrate
palaeontologists, palaeobotanists, micropalaeontologists, and
palaeoclimatologists. We have a historic departmental museum, the Lapworth
Museum of Geology, which is currently undergoing a major redevelopment, and
which will provide outstanding possibilities for outreach activities.
Birmingham is the UK's second city, centrally located with excellent
transport links, and is very affordable with excellent cultural facilities
and a resurgent city centre. Rough Guides recently voted Birmingham one of
the world's top 10 cities to visit in 2015. The University of Birmingham is
located on a highly attractive campus in the leafy southern suburbs of the
The full job specification and application are available through the
University of Birmingham jobs website, where the position is "ERC Research
Fellow", reference 55212. Please ensure that you include a full academic CV
as part of your application. Information is also available on our research
group website:
The deadline for applications is 29th July 2015, with a preferred (but
negotiable) start date of late 2015.
For more details, or if you have any queries, please contact me.
Dr Richard J. Butler
Senior Birmingham Fellow
Academic Keeper of the Lapworth Museum of Geology
School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Birmingham
Birmingham, B15 2TT
+44 (0)121 414 5539

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