PhD student in Historical geology and Palaeontology

Updated: 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 18 Mar 2024

11 Feb 2024
Job Information
Organisation/Company

Uppsala universitet
Department

Uppsala University, Department of Earth Sciences
Research Field

Biological sciences
Geosciences
Researcher Profile

First Stage Researcher (R1)
Country

Sweden
Application Deadline

18 Mar 2024 - 22:59 (UTC)
Type of Contract

Temporary
Job Status

Full-time
Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?

No

Offer Description

PhD student in Historical geology and Palaeontology - Comparative structure and evolution of the edcysozoan head
Are you interested in study the detailed cellular morphology of the anterior of the priapulid worm Priapulus caudatus, using electron microscopy, with the support of competent and friendly colleagues in an international environment? Are you looking for an employer that invests in sustainable employeeship and offers safe, favourable working conditions? We welcome you to apply for a PhD student position at Uppsala University.

The Department of Earth Sciences at Uppsala University is Sweden´s largest and most versatile department of its kind with approximately 280 employees. Our activities are interdisciplinary and combine natural science and technology with social science. We have research programs in air, water and landscape science; geophysics; natural resources and sustainable development; petrology, mineralogy and tectonics; paleobiology, and wind energy. By investigating the history of Earth, we understand how our planet has developed over time and how sustainable development benefits from this knowledge. read more here: Department of Earth Sciences .

Project

This PhD position is embedded into the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Doctoral Network (DN) “ZooCELL”. The ZooCELL network brings together 7 beneficiaries and 7 associated partners, located in 6 different countries (France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden and UK) and one intergovernmental organisation (EMBL-ZooCELL coordinator). 12 Doctoral candidates will enjoy a multi-disciplinary and international environment with plenty of training opportunities and exchange with all labs involved in the Network.

Single-cell and tissue genomic and transcriptomic techniques will be developed and applied for these research organisms. In addition, standard methods such as in-situ hybridization for the detection of gene transcription, and RNAi for the knock-down of gene function may be applied to further investigate the function of developmental key-factor genes identified by single-cell/tissue transcriptome analysis.

For further information about “ZooCELL”, see: https://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/101119891

Duties
The priapulid worms are a particularly interesting group as they are large and very poorly studied; furthermore, they bear a close resemblance to worms present in the Cambrian fossil record. In order to elucidate the origin of derived ecdysozoan anterior systems, this doctoral project will therefore study the detailed cellular morphology of the anterior of the priapulid worm Priapulus caudatus, using electron microscopy (array tomography SEM, TEM, DESEM). They will also generate a single-cell transcriptomic dataset for Priapulus. The data on its cellular morphology thus obtained will then be compared to EM data on other ecdysozoans, notably the worm C. elegans, and the onychophoran Euperipatoides. In particular, the structure of the nervous system and any sensory structures, essentially unknown up to now, will be characterised and compared in a phylogenetic context. This project will be placed within an evolutionary framework informed by the excellent fossil record of ecdysozoan evolution in the Cambrian.

Requirements
To meet the entry requirements for doctoral studies, you must

  • hold a Master’s (second-cycle) degree in organismal biology, palaeobiology or nearby field or
  • have completed at least 240 credits in higher education, with at least 60 credits at Master’s level including an independent project worth at least 15 credits, or
  • have acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way.

Please note that this PhD position, due to the projects financial framework/character, is only open to applicants, that have spent at least 24 months of the last three years, outside Sweden (mobility required by DN). The applicant should be able to prove that requirement in a suitable way.

The applicant must have a keen interests in (animal) evolution. Experience in independent laboratory work, good communication skills (including good English skills (spoken/written) and the ability to work in a team are essential.

Additional qualifications
Practical experience in microscopy and/or image analysis will be an advantage.

Rules governing PhD students are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5, §§ 1-7 and in Uppsala University's rules and guidelines .

About the employment
The employment is atemporary position according to the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5 § 7. Scope of employment 100 %.Starting date 01-08-2024 or as agreed. Placement: Uppsala

For further information about the position, please contact: Professor Graham Budd, email:[email protected]

Please submit your application by 18 March, UFV-PA 2024/418.

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Requirements
Research Field
Biological sciences
Education Level
Master Degree or equivalent

Research Field
Geosciences
Education Level
Master Degree or equivalent

Research Field
Biological sciences
Years of Research Experience
None

Research Field
Geosciences
Years of Research Experience
None

Additional Information
Work Location(s)
Number of offers available
1
Company/Institute
Uppsala universitet
Country
Sweden
City
Uppsala
Geofield


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