BUFUS: PhD position, University of Vienna

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BUFUS: PhD position, University of Vienna

Beitrag von mare-mundi Redaktion » 24 Apr 2014 21:04

BUFUS: PhD position, University of Vienna

The research group of Prof. Martin Zuschin, Department of Paleontology at
the University of Vienna, Austria, has an open PhD position for candidates
with a strong focus on palaeoecology of marine invertebrates. The successful
applicant will be hired for 4 years as University Assistant (³prae doc²).
The topics investigated in our group include the molluscan palaeodiversity
and faunal gradients in the marine fossil record of Europe, temporal and
environmental trends in the intensity of drilling predation, taphonomy and
actuopalaeontology of benthic invertebrates, conservation palaeobiology, and
the effects of marine anoxia. The PhD student would be working in a young,
international team consisting of paleontologists and biologists. The main
function of the university assistant will be the participation in research.
Additionally we expect teaching, support of students, and help with external
fund raising and administration.

We are looking for a person interested in undertaking a project in the field
of stratigraphic palaeobiology, in particular using the excellent fossil
record of Cenozoic marine molluscs of Europe to address large-scale
palaeoecological problems. The Cenozoic history of Europe is characterized
by a complex pattern of formation and demise of land barriers and seaways
between semi-enclosed basins of the Paratethys and Mediterranean Sea, and
their connections with the North Atlantic and Indo-Pacific realms. The
quantitative collections of marine molluscs accumulated during our previous
projects provide an excellent tool for quantitative studies examining the
effects of these palaeogeographic shifts and Cenozoic climate changes on
temporal and spatial trends in biodiversity and community structure. The
candidate will be able to develop own ideas pertaining to the broad main
focus of the project in cooperation with the supervisor and will benefit
from the support of leading specialists in molluscan taxonomy and
stratigraphic palaeoecology. Vast collections of standardized samples are
already available and will make it possible for the student to test
preliminary hypotheses at an early stage of the project. Additional field
work is planned.

The official announcement
:arrow: https://univis.univie.ac.at/ausschreibu ... sschreibun
of the position can be found at the jobcenter of the
University of Vienna. Applications including a letter of motivation (German
or English) should be sent via Job Center to the University of Vienna
(http://jobcenter.univie.ac.at) no later than 29.04.2014 (extension
possible, please contact martin.zuschin@univie.ac.at) and be referenced to
the identification number 4834. The contract is expected to start in June
but can be postponed if necessary.

For further information please contact Martin Zuschin, Email:
martin.zuschin@univie.ac.at, Tel. +43-1-4277-53555

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