Submitted: 4 May 2020
Department: Comparative Genomics Group (UPF) and Paleobiodiversity & Phylogeny Research Group (ICP)
Institution: Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) and Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont (ICP)
Job type: Temporary
Apply by: 4 May 2020
Application email: [email protected]
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We are recruiting candidates for a PhD position in Palaeoproteomics, starting September 1st, 2020or as soon as possible thereafter. The position is part of the European Training Network “PUSHH: Palaeoproteomics to Unleash Studies on Human History”, funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 861389.

The successful applicant will be part of the Comparative Genomics (CG) Group at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain). The CG Group is a major international player in the use of genomics to retrieve population characteristics of primates. We also characterized the paleo proteomics of the extinct Gigantopithecus being able to reconstruct their phylogeny in comparison to other apes. In the last few years, the research activity pursued in the CG Group significantly contributed to the understanding of genomics in evolution and conservation and he is granted an ERC Consolidator Grant starting on 2020.

The successful applicant will also be affiliated to the Paleobiodiversity & Phylogeny Research Group at the Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont (Cerdanyola del Vallès, Spain), which is a partner organization of the PUSHH consortium, and will perform the secondment there. The ICP hosts an important collection of Miocene primates from NE Iberia, including the holotypes of multiple hominoid genera.

Job description. The key tasks as a PhD student at UPF are:

●Carry through an independent research project under supervision ●Complete PhD courses corresponding to approx. 30 ECTS points ●Participate in active research environments including a stay at another research team ●Obtain experience with dissemination activities related to your PhD project ●Write aPhD thesis on the grounds of your project

As an Early Stage Researcher within the PUSHH network the applicant is also expected to:

●Actively attend all the mandatory network-wide PUSHH activities, which will take place in multiple locations in and outside Europe ●Travel for a mandatory secondment period (research stay) at another institution within the PUSHH consortium. Actively take part in the research projects involving multiple institutions and ESRs within the PUSHH network. ●Deliver scientific articles and/or book chapters in collaboration with other PUSHH ESRs and supervisors ●Communicate your scientific activity to a broad audience, for example through outreach activities, public lectures, podcasts, and social media ●Comply with the highest standards of research integrity, as set out in the European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity

The detailed job description and eligibility criteria are available here:

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