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Postdoctoral Fellow

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Position Details:
 

Project title: Evolution of Dinosaur Jaw Musculature and the Origins of Avian Cranial Kinesis. Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO.
 
The Department of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences at the University of Missouri School of Medicine invites applications for a postdoctoral research associate. The position is for one year and is renewable up to 3 years. The successful applicant will work under the supervision of Drs. Casey M. Holliday and Kevin M. Middleton on a National Science Foundation-funded program in 3D Cranial Biomechanics and Morphometrics. The position is 80% Research and 20% Outreach (allocation is negotiable) and offers a competitive salary plus benefits. Review of applications will begin March 1, 2015 and remain open until filled with an anticipated start date of August 1, 2015.
 
Responsibilities:
1) The candidate will work directly with PIs Holliday and Middleton to develop and conduct analyses of cranial biomechanics and morphometrics of fossil and extant dinosaur species. 
 
2) The candidate will help develop 3D anatomical and biomechanical visualizations and mobilize these data to appropriate online databases and outreach locations.
 
3) The candidate will present findings in collaboration with project leaders and associated students. The candidate will develop and participate in the Inside Dinosaurs education and outreach program at University of Missouri. Funds for research expenses and travel are available.
 
Qualifications
By the start date, all elements of the PhD, including the dissertation, must be completed and the degree conferred in biological, earth sciences, engineering or similar field, with an emphasis on vertebrate biomechanics and paleobiology.
 
Additional qualifications include demonstrated experience in one or more of the following: 3D computational biology, Morphometric analysis, and/or 3D anatomical visualization such as experience working with CT image data and with 3D model rendering software (Amira, Maya), MATLAB, and R; demonstrated experience managing personnel and leading research projects; and demonstrated ability to publish in English-language peer-reviewed journals.
 
Preference will be given to individuals with interests in morphology-based research and whose interests complement those of current faculty in the Integrative Anatomy group (http://anatomy.missouri.edu) will be given priority. The Integrative Anatomy Group provides a collegial environment with substantial opportunities for intellectual creativity and diverse research.
 
Application Materials
To apply please submit (1) cover letter including contact information for three references; (2) curriculum vitae; and (3) a research statement including previous experience and future plans
University of Missouri web site is hrs.missouri.edu/find-a-job/academic/.  At the top of the webpage, select ‘prospective employees’ and search for ‘pathology’ to reach the link for the position.  The Job ID number is 15786.
 
Benefit Eligibility
This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts.  For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at http://www.umsystem.edu/totalrewards/benefits.
 
Equal Employment Opportunity
The University of Missouri is an equal access, equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that is fully committed to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. The university will recruit and employ qualified personnel and will provide equal opportunities during employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, status as a protected veteran or status as a qualified person with a disability. For more information, call the Associate Vice Chancellor of Human Resource Services/Affirmative Action officer at 573-882-4256. To request ADA accommodations, please call the Director of Accessibility & ADA Education at 573-882-5835.

Contact Information:

University of Missouri
Integrative Anatomy Program

2 Anatomy Post-Doctoral Fellowships

Monday, December 8, 2014

The Center for Functional Anatomy and Evolution, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, is seeking applications for two Postdoctoral Fellowships, to begin July 1, 2015.  Applicants must have completed Ph.D. degree by the date of appointment.  The initial term of appointment is for one year, with a possible extension for a second year.  Responsibilities include teaching of Human Anatomy to medical students and an undergraduate anatomy course, as well as giving a graduate seminar on a topic of one’s choice.  Research opportunities in several areas of functional anatomy are available (see: www.hopkinsmedicine.org/fae/fae.html).  Prior experience teaching in a cadaver-based human anatomy course is essential.  A letter of application, CV, and the names of three referees should be e-mailed to adaniel@jhmi.edu.  The deadline for applications is February 1, 2015Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
 
 

Mass Digitization of Fossil Collections

Friday, December 5, 2014

POSTDOC POSITION: Primate Evolution and Mass Digitization of Fossil Collections
Duration: Up to 2 yrs
Location: Year 1: Duke University (Durham, NC), Year 2: University of Florida Museum of Natural History (Gainesville, FL)
Description: This position is funded by a collaborative NSF grant to Duke University Department of Evolutionary Anthropology and University of Florida, Florida Museum of Natural History. For details see:
http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1440742
http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1440558
Degree requirements: PhD in geology, biology, or other relevant discipline in hand.
Skill requirements: The successful applicant should have experience in the following areas:

  1. 3D Digital Data competency - the applicant should be familiar with microCT data formats  and the software Imagej and Avizo (experience operating microCT, laser, and/or structured light scanners is a plus but not required).
  2. Field experience - participation in paleontological field work in the US or abroad (experience actually planning/leading field work is a plus, but not required).
  3. Use of fossils and comparative data to address questions about evolution and adaptation.

Responsibilities and expectations: The successful applicant will be called upon for diverse activities

  1. Planning of Fieldwork – two summers (1.5-4 weeks each summer) of fieldwork in the Bridger Basin, Wyoming, to prospect for and collect notharctid primates and to map stratigraphy are scheduled in this project. The postdoc will coordinate the logistics of fieldwork.
  2. Oversight of scanning and processing of new skeletal material of Bridger notharctines – Duke University has an industrial scale microCT scanner that is being used to digitize partially entombed skeletons of notharctine primates. The postdoc will be in charge of this process. The scan data must be archived and processed: the postdoc will oversee workstudy students and a technician who will do most of this work.
  3. The traveling to museums and between institutions to acquire, return, or transfer specimens.  This project collaborates with a number of museums: specimens from their collections must be transported to Duke and returned by hand-carry. While scanning is happening at Duke, additional physical preparation, when necessary will happen at the Florida Museum of Natural History. Therefore specimens scanned at Duke will sometimes need to be carried to Florida.
  4. Oversight of migration of scan data on to the MorphoSource (www.morphosource.org) digital image archive and coordination of these efforts with iDigBio national initiative for comprehensive collection digitization.
  5. Present at conferences and publish papers reporting results of research on new the fossil material using an extensive digital comparative dataset available to the PI’s.

Opportunities: This project presents the opportunity to become fully trained and experienced in execution of a state-of-the-art paleontology and comparative morphology research project.  After serving in this position the successful applicant will have a unique set of skills that ideally prepare him/her for making contributions in the most lasting and impactful way possible: one that assimilates all data generated by their projects into the digitally archived, immanently accessible ‘virtual’ museum collections. Furthermore, visiting museums, working with faculty at both Duke and Florida will give the successful applicant broad exposure and personal familiarity with many preeminent scholars, which is likely to catalyze additional collaborations and career opportunities. Finally, first access to a comprehensive digital sample of early Eocene euprimate specimens provides unique opportunity for the successful candidate to conduct novel research with high potential for transformative insights into early primate evolution.
How to Apply: Interested candidates should provide a cover letter explaining their interest and qualifications, their CV and a list of three references with contact information to doug.boyer@duke.edu.  Contact Douglas Boyer (doug.boyer@duke.edu) or Jonathan Bloch (jbloch@flmnh.ufl.edu) for further details.
Application deadline/start date: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Preferred start date is Spring 2015 (i.e. ASAP).

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