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Postdoctoral post coming up

Sat Oct 17 09:04:00 EST 1992

          UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW Department of Genetics


We expect to be able to appoint a post-doctoral research assistant  to 
a post funded for two years by the U. K. Natural Environment  Research 
Council,  which has recently joined other national  and  international 
bodies in recognizing Systematics as a priority area.  The funds  will 
be available from December 1st 1992 and an early start-up is sought.

The RA would join a small group in a thriving, but crowded, Department 
in  a  major University.  The department has 13  academic  staff,  30+ 
research  students and 30+ research assistants.  The research  group's 
principal interests focus on the molecular systematics of  brachiopods 
and  their supposed relatives and work is nearly completed on a  (PCR-
based, direct sequencing) study of nuclear SSU-rRNA gene sequences  in 
Brachiopods, Bryozoans and Phoronids, with a view to establishing  the 
first molecular phylogeny of the lophophorates.  The project to  which 
this  circular  refers involves an extension of the study to  all  the 
available  Families  of  living  brachiopods,  with  the  addition  of 
mitochondrial  SSU-rRNA sequencing.  The other NERC-funded project  in 
the  group (in collaboration with an ornithologist and another  member 
of the department) is a sequencing study of species, genus and family-
level systematics in seabirds, especially skuas (jaegers) and petrels.

The  ideal  applicant  will  have a  strong  background  in  molecular 
biology, experience of phylogenetic sequence analysis, good laboratory 
skills, high standards of attainment and familiarity with DOS, VMS and 
UNIX  operating  systems and relevant programs.   Less  well-qualified 
applicants,   especially  those  with  relevant  background   but   no 
experience in phylogenetics, will also be considered.

Starting salary will be at least point 18 on the RA1A scale, currently 
ca.  L15  000  p.a.  Overseas applicants should expect  to  find  this 
salary adequate for normal living expenses in Glasgow, which is (in my 
view)  an interesting, culturally rich, friendly city on the  edge  of 
scenically beautiful western Scotland.  

Informal enquiries and expressions of interest should be addressed to:

         Dr Bernard L. Cohen
         Dept. of Genetics,
         University of Glasgow,
         Church St., Glasgow, 
         G11 5JS, Scotland.

         Fax: 44-(0)41-330-5994
         Phone 339-8855, ext 5103/5101
         E-mail: gbga13 at vms3.gla.ac.uk

The vacancy will be advertised formally in early December, probably in 
Nature and New Scientist.

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