PhD position in skeletal heterochronies in mammals and other amniotes - Swiss National Science Foundation

The new research group working on Vertebrate Comparative Ontogeny and Palaeobiology at the Palaeontological Institute of the University of Zürich invites applications for a PhD position (3 years funding, with potential ex-tension).

The successful candidate will work in a Swiss National Science Foundation supported research project about skeletal heterochronies in mammals and other amniotes, under the supervision of Prof. Marcelo Sánchez.

The Ph.D. project will build upon an existing research program and includes museum visits world wide and extensive lab work.

Interested applicants should check the University of Zürich website for the publications and current research projects.

Details about the PhD project will be discussed upon interviews with the best qualified applicants.

The ideal candidate will be a highly-motivated zoologist with neontological or palaeontological background.

Previous participation in research activities and excellent writing skills in English are required, knowledge of speaking German is desirable.

Perspective students are expected to have received their Master's degree or equivalent by the start of the Ph.D. program.

The selected candidate will be expected to help in teaching (3 to 5 hours weekly average, 3-4 months per year) and writing proposals to raise additional research funds.

How to Apply:

Send the following by regular mail or email to:

Prof. Marcelo Sánchez:

I) a one- to two-page application letter addressing, but not limited to the following questions:

a) Why are you interested in a Ph.D. in this research area? b) What are your career goals?

II) Your detailed cur-riculum vitae, including a list of lab, field, analytical, and linguistic skills, presentations at scientific meetings, and publications (if applicable);

III) a copy of your undergraduate and graduate academic records, with grades and an explanation of the grading system;

IV) two or three letters from your academic advisors addressing:

a) your intellectual and academic skills;

b) your dedication to science;

c) your ability to work cooperatively in a team. Please, follow the directions for application carefully.

Deadline for application: May 1st.

If needed, the position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.

Starting Date: Summer or early Fall (negotiable).

Please send enquiries and applications (letter of application, Curriculum Vitae and two references) by regular mail or by email to Prof. Marcelo Sánchez (e-mail:

Marcelo Sánchez
Assistant Professor of Palaeontology
Paläontologisches Institut und Museum
Universität Zürich
Karl Schmid-Strasse 4
CH-8006 Zürich
Phone: +41 (0)44 634 23 42
Fax: +41 (0)44 634 49 23

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