Research Associate in Palaeobiology and Macroevolution Modeller

Bristol, United Kingdom
£33,199 - 37,345 per annum
07 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
04 Nov 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Division/School School of Earth Sciences
Contract type Open Ended
Working pattern Full time
Salary £33,199 - 37,345 per annum
Closing date for applications 04-Nov-2018

Applications are invited for a Research Associate, for 36 months, based in the School of Earth Sciences at the University of Bristol. This research is part of an ERC Advanced Research Fellowship awarded to Professor Michael J. Benton. The focus is ‘Vertebrate morphospaces and function spaces’, exploring mainly post-Triassic amphibians and reptiles, and the relationships between phylogeny, morphology, and function (size, feeding, locomotion characters).

Applicants will have extensive experience of palaeobiology, phylogenetics and phylogenetic comparative methods and morphometrics, and modelling in R. Relevant specialist skills in large databases, issues of quality and bias in the fossil record, and data analysis in R would be an advantage.

You will join the Palaeobiology Research Group, based in the Life Sciences Building. You will interact with other members of the Palaeobiology and Biodiversity Research group, and more widely. The School of Earth Sciences was rated joint second in the UK Research Excellence Framework (REF2014), with 98% of our research output graded as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. The PRG was rated in 2017 (CWUG) as the best palaeontological research group in the world.

For informal enquiries please email Professor Michael Benton -

As this is one of three roles being advertised please can I ask that you make clear in your covering letter whether you are interested in just this role or all three.

We appreciate and value difference, seeking to attract, develop and retain a diverse mix of talented people that will contribute to the overall success of Bristol and help maintain our position as one of the world’s leading universities.

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