PhD fellowship in primate functional morphology at University of Kent (Canterbury, UK)

The School of Anthropology and Conservation at the University of Kent (Canterbury, UK) is seeking applicants for a PhD position to work within the European Research Council (ERC) funded “GRASP” project (

Dissertation topic: Functional morphology of cortical and trabecular bone in the primate hand.

Qualifications: Applicants will have completed an undergraduate degree and normally a Masters degree in biological anthropology, zoology, palaeobiology, evolutionary studies, or a similar discipline. Ideal candidates will have achieved Distinction-level marks in both their course work and dissertation projects. Applicants with expertise in the following topics will be particularly competitive: primate anatomy, geometric morphometrics, virtual anthropology, R and Mathematica programming languages, skeletal anatomy, functional morphology of the primate skeleton, and/or trabecular bone analysis.

Supervisor: Dr Matthew Skinner

Start date: September, 2015

Duration: Three years

Funding: This is a fully-funded PhD position for UK/EU students (tuition is paid for three years, plus a yearly stipend). Non-UK/EU individuals can apply but would need to self-fund the difference in tuition for an overseas student (approximately £8500/yr).

Host department/institution:
School of Anthropology and Conservation
University of Kent, Canterbury, UK

Application process:
Applicants should send copies of their undergraduate and postgraduate transcripts, CV and a Cover Letter (maximum of 2 pages single-spaced) outlining their educational background and related research experience. Please send all documents to Dr Matthew Skinner ( Letters of reference will be sought for short-listed candidates.

Deadline for applications: February 6, 2015