UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW Department of Genetics
MOLECULAR SYSTEMATICS OF BRACHIOPODS
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.
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.