Postdoctoral Fellow in Vertebrate Skeletal Biology and Evolution

Massachusetts, United States
13 Apr 2019
End of advertisement period
11 May 2019
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Full Time


Faculty of Arts and Sciences


Organismic and Evolutionary Biology

Position Description

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow to join the Stephanie E. Pierce Laboratory based in the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University. The Fellow will help deign and execute research on tetrapod bone microstructural evolution. The research will specifically focus on comparing bone histology across a broad range of fossil tetrapod species to gain better insight into physiology, growth, and behavior. Work many also include histology of modern tetrapod taxa, as well as bone mechanical experimentation. The Fellow should have strong technical expertise in paleohistology, extensive knowledge of vertebrate bone biology, and a good understanding of deep-time vertebrate evolution.

Basic Qualifications

A successful applicant would have:

  • Ph.D. in paleontology, skeletal/bone biology, vertebrate anatomy, evolutionary biomechanics or related fields
  • A solid track record of scientific publications and international conference presentations
  • Must have demonstrable paleohistological expertise
  • One or more of the following skills would also be beneficial: CT scanning, 3D anatomical modeling, geometric morphometrics, finite element analysis, bone material properties analysis, tissue staining, comparative phylogenetics

Special Instructions

Application review will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

  1. Cover letter outlining your interests and suitability for the position
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Up to three examples of published papers
  4. Names and contact information of 3 references.

Contact Information

Prof. Stephanie E. Pierce
Contact Email spierce@oeb.harvard.edu
Website: https://projects.iq.harvard.edu/spierce

Contact Email


Equal Opportunity Employer

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions or any other characteristic protected by law.

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