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Reference : UMR5554-FREDEL-002
Workplace : MONTPELLIER
Date of publication : Wednesday, November 27, 2019
Type of Contract : FTC Scientist
Contract Period : 12 months
Expected date of employment : 1 February 2020
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : between 3093 and 4869 € gross per month
Desired level of education : PhD
Experience required : 1 to 4 years
As part of the ERC Consolidator ConvergeAnt project (www.convergeant-project.com/), we are looking for a post-doctoral candidate with a good experience in comparative anatomy, geometric morphometrics, and biomechanics. The overall objective of the project is to investigate the mechanisms underlying the evolutionary convergence between the different myrmecophagous mammalian lineages (i.e. which feed mainly on ants and termites). The project proposes an integrative approach to answer this question by combining the study of the morphology, genome, and microbiome of these different species. The candidate will be in charge of the analysis of the morphological data the project. The analyses will consist in studying the evolution of the cranial morphology by characterizing in particular the modularity patterns and masticatory biomechanics in a diversity of myrmecophagous species in association with the dental reduction.
- Analyses: Geometric morphometrics, modularity, dissections, biomechanics.
- Publications: Writing scientific articles.
- Previous quality publications on the characterization and analysis of mammalian cranial patterns.
- Experience with geometric morphometrics (R environment) and 3D data analyses (Avizo software).
- Expertise in comparative anatomy (osteological and myological features) coupled with a strong experience in performing dissections (traditional and virtual).
- Fluency in scientific, oral and written English.
- Ability to work autonomously and rigorously.
- Capacity for integration and teamwork.
The ConvergeAnt ERC project is led by Frédéric Delsuc (http://fdelsuc.wixsite.com/homepage) of the Phylogénie et Evolution Moléculaire team at the Institut des Sciences de l'Evolution (ISEM) UMR 5554 CNRS-UM-IRD-EPHE (http://www.isem.univ-montp2.fr/), located on the University of Montpellier campus. This integrative project is the subject of regular meetings with the other people involved in the laboratory in which the candidate must participate. The successful candidate will be co-advised with Lionel Hautier.
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For more informations please contact Frédéric Delsuc (Frederic.Delsuc@umontpellier.fr) et Lionel Hautier (Lionel.Hautier@umontpellier.fr).
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