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Reference : UMR7194-ANTBAL-002
Workplace : PARIS 13
Date of publication : Tuesday, September 08, 2020
Type of Contract : FTC Scientist
Contract Period : 12 months
Expected date of employment : 1 December 2020
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : gross salary: 2700 euros
Desired level of education : PhD
Experience required : Indifferent
The appointed researcher will study brain morphology and growth in Neandertals in the framework of the NEANBRAIN project (for more information see: https://www.dim-map.fr/projets-soutenus/neanbrain/). High-resolution numerical data of Neandertal crania as well as complementary MRI data from current humans will be available to study the correlation between the shape of the brain and the endocranium.
The appointed researcher will contribute to the detailed study of fossil specimens, the reconstruction of virtual models of Neandertal brains and the analysis of the morphological variation between specimens and during growth and development. Participation in teaching (master's degree) and in the dissemination of knowledge to the general public is possible.
Knowledge of the cranial and endocranial anatomy of the Neandertals. Experience in the study of the endocranium of fossil specimens and of the human brain. Knowledge of imaging software (study and reconstruction of endo and ecto-cranial morphology) and R language (analysis of morphological variations and modelling of Neandertal growth). Publication track record according to the applicant's career stage. Experience in teamwork.
The appointed researcher will be based at the Musée de l'Homme. Teleworking will be possible. Antoine Balzeau and Aurélien Mounier will supervise the appointed researcher in their respective fields of expertise (palaeoneurology, imaging, Neandertal morphology, reconstruction and modelling). Catherine Schwab, from MAN, will contribute towards issues related to heritage preservation.
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We are looking for a researcher in palaeoanthropology for a one-year fixed-term contract on the project 'Brain Growth in Neandertal: A Comparative Study of Childhood to Adult Brain Anatomy in Neandertal and Homo sapiens' (for more information see: https://www.dim-map.fr/projets-soutenus/neanbrain/).
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