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PostDoc - Sipuncula

Edward Cutler ebcutler at earthlink.net
Thu Nov 1 15:44:44 EST 2001


POST DOCTORAL OPPORTUNITY:
Developing Taxonomic Expertise in the Sipuncula
With Edward Cutler and Gonzalo Giribet

Two-year award in the Department of Invertebrate Zoology, Museum of
Comparative Zoology, Harvard Univ. (Organismic and Evolutionary biology)
Beginning between Feb. and July 2002
Closing Date for applications, including three letters of endorsement:
December 15, 2001

Send applications to:
Ed Cutler / Gonzalo Giribet
Department of Invertebrate Zoology, MCZ
Harvard University
26 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

PROJECT SUMMARY

Given the paucity and aging of talent, the primary outcome of this project 
will be one new competent taxonomist, capable of working with a phylum of 
benthic marine animals, the Sipuncula .This person will also be a skilled 
user of modern systems for data storage and retrieval via computer 
systems accessible to all. The work will contribute to a better 
understanding, based partly on phylogenetic analyses, of the relationships 
and evolution of this phylum and related Spiralia. Earlier hypotheses of 
sipunculan evolution will be tested by the use of morphological and 
molecular characters with the aim to establish an improved taxonomy of the 
phylum. Any future attempts to describe and understand coral reefs, 
intertidal mud/sand flats or the deep-sea ecosystems necessitates persons 
skilled in this field – this project will ensure the continuity of necessary 
expertise.

TRAINEE QUALIFICATIONS:

Required: Have earned a PhD in the Biological Sciences. Have a 
commitment to continue with aspects of this work in subsequent years. 
Have some direct experience with marine invertebrates. Some expertise in 
databasing systems.  

Preferably have: Some experience with the Sipuncula. Knowledge of the 
basics of zoological nomenclature. Experience in systematics and 
phylogenetics, both morphological and molecular. Publication record. 
Salary according to OEB standards.  

For more information contact: ebcutler at earthlink.net or
ggiribet at oeb.harvard.edu
http://www.mcz.harvard.edu/Departments/InvertZoo/cutler.htm
http://www.mcz.harvard.edu/Departments/InvertZoo/gonzalo.htm

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