Postdoctoral Fellowships in Early Avian Evolution

Position Description


Min Wang's research team at the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP), Chinese Academy of Sciences, is working on various aspects relating to the origin and early evolution of birds during the Mesozoic. His team is now looking for 2-3 postdocs that share the same interest and would like contribute something new. The project is focused on anatomy of Mesozoic birds as well as their close dinosaurian relatives using computed tomography (CT) scanning, and comparative phylogenetic analyses. Other topics are also acceptable after discussion.   

Applicants should meet the following qualifications:

Applicants should have a Ph.D. degree in one of the following fields, including anatomy, paleontology, evolutionary biology, or statistics.

Applicants should be familiar with software used in CT reconstruction (e.g., Avizo, VG, Mimics), or comparative phylogenetic analyses (e.g., R language).

Applicants should have a strong publication record relating to Evolutionary Biology (no less than five peer-reviewed papers published as the first author, including at least one in Nature Index).

The postdoctoral fellowships are for 2 to 3 years, but flexible depending on the progress of the projects as well as the applicants.

What We Offer:

An opportunity to live with thousands of exquisitely preserved Mesozoic birds and feathered non-avian dinosaurs;

For a postdoctoral fellow we offer support that can help you focus on and build your research: no obligation to apply for grants, such as the highly competitive National Natural Science Foundation of China;

Well-equipped lab with CT scanning, SEM, TEM, histological section, along with many other facilities;

Annual salary no less than RMB 250,000;

And, an opportunity to embracChinese culture in Beijing.

How to apply:

Candidates shall send CV and no more than five peer-reviewed papers published as first or corresponding author to this email address:

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