Job: Molecular phylogeny of polychaetes (fwd)

Geoff Read at
Sun Apr 28 07:23:35 EST 1996

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Molecular Phylogeny of Invertebrates
From: a.grant at (Alastair Grant) 
Date: 1996/04/02
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organization: University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK

I have on offer a one year post-doc job, using molecular methods to
determine phylogenetic relationships of polychaetes and their relationships
with other annelids and other metazoa.  This represents the final year of a
three year project, the previous post holder having left for personal
reasons.  Polychaetes have only a fragmentary fossil record, and their
phylogenetic relationships are very poorly understood - an ideal candidate
for the application of molecular methods.

Our chosen sequence is 18s rDNA, using PCR followed by cycle sequencing
analysed using a Pharmacia ALF.  The methods are working well (from worm to
complete 18s rDNA sequence in about 3 days).  A preliminary paper has been
submitted, and the final year should generate a substantial amount of data
and result in several publications clarifying what is one of the largest
gaps in invertebrate phylogeny.

Further particulars can be obtained by email from J.Darch at and are
displayed in the vacancies section of our WWW homepage:

Alastair Grant
School of Environmental Science, University of East Anglia, Norwich, NR4

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