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Post-doc available (Polychaetes)

Adrian Glover a.glover at nhm.ac.uk
Wed Jul 28 14:48:31 EST 2004

Department of Zoology

The Natural History Museum

Post-Doctoral Research Assistant

Polychaete Research Group

Salary to £23,000

Molecular genetics of deep-sea polychaetes

A 6-month research position is available to study polychaete worms collected 
from deep-sea chemosynthetic habitats on the California Slope. These habitats 
include hydrothermal vents, whale-carcasses, kelp-parcels and wood-parcels. 
The aim of the project is to obtain a variety of nuclear and mitochondrial DNA 
sequences in order to address questions regarding the degree of gene-flow 
between these ephemeral ‘island’ habitats, the genetic structure of their 
populations and the phylogenetic position of the species that occupy them. One 
of the main goals of the project is to examine the linkages between 
chemosynthetic habitats of geologic origin (such as hydrothermal vents and 
seeps) and those of biogenic origin (such as whale-carcasses). A skilled 
molecular biologist, with sound knowledge of phylogenetic, phylogeographic or 
population genetic analysis is required. Knowledge of deep-sea ecology and 
polychaete taxonomy is not required, but would be desirable. Although the 
specimens for the project have already been collected, there will be an 
opportunity to collect more on an oceanographic research cruise on the 
California slope.  

This project will be jointly supervised by Dr Adrian Glover (The Natural 
History Museum), Dr Thomas Dahlgren (Tjärnö Marine Biological Laboratory, 
Sweden) and Prof Craig Smith (University of Hawaii).  

For full details of requirements, a full job description and equal 
opportunities form please Email: PDRA at hs-scientific.co.uk, or write to: The 
Natural History Museum, c/o Hudson Shribman Scientific Recruitment, Vernon 
House, Sicilian Ave, London, WC1A 2QS. Application will be by CV & covering 
letter including a summary of your research interests.  

Closing date: 20th August 2004.


Dr Adrian Glover

Zoology Department

The Natural History Museum

Cromwell Rd, London SW7 5BD, U.K.

020 7942 5056 (office)

077 666 484 40 (mobile)



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