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2012 PhD Position in Historical Geology and Palaeontology at Uppsala University, Sweden

Considerable attention has been paid to the importance and significance of morphological variability within Cambrian organisms, in the broader context of the underlying engines of the so-called Cambrian explosion. However, there is only a comparatively slender database to base such discussions on. The aim of the thesis is thus to examine the basis of the species concept in Cambrian faunas. The principal data will come from extremely well time-constrained faunas of the upper Cambrian (ie Furongian) faunas of Scandinavia, which will be utilized to compare the morphological variation within populations of the same taxa at the same and different time slices from different geographical regions. If time allows, comparison will also be made with similar faunas from the British Isles, and with extant/Cenozoic biotas. The principal supervisor will be Prof. Graham E. Budd of the Palaeobiology Programme, Uppsala

-The applicant should have a university degree with a background in palaeobiological and organismal evolutionary biology, preferably with an interest in broader palaeobiological and/or evolutionary topics. -Applicants with skills in microscopy, image analysis and database management are particularly welcomed. The applicant is expected to have a good knowledge (spoken and written) of the English language. - The holder of a PhD-student position shall primarily devote her/his time to their own research and study. - Other departmental work, such as educational or administrative duties can be part of the position up to 20% of a full-time position. - The Ph.D. position is for four years where financing for the first year will be a postgraduate study grant (utbildningsbidrag) and during the following three years as an employee of the university as a Ph.D student (doktorandtjänst). -Local guidelines at Uppsala University determine the salary.