NERC Postdoc: Cospeciation and rates of molecular evolution

Principal investigators:

Dr Rod Page

Dr Richard Griffiths

Dr Bob Furness

The project

A 3 year NERC funded post doc position is available in the Division of Environmental and Evolutionary Biology, IBLS, from June 1, 1997.

The project will compare relative rates of molecular evolution in birds and their parasitic lice, concentrating on bird-louse assemblages that are likely to have cospeciatied, such as seabirds, swifts and their lice. Both mitochondrial and nuclear genes will be sequenced. A detailed proposal is available online.

The study will be based in the adjacent laboratories of Rod Page and Richard Griffiths. A lot of the louse material is already available; additional collecting will be undertaken under the supervision of Bob Furness.

The place

Glasgow University is one of three United Kindgom centres of taxonomy, and has the largest ornithological groups in the U.K. Current research on host-parasite cospeciation in Rod Page's lab includes theoretical work on comparing host and parasite trees by Mike Charleston, and a morphology-based phylogenetic study of Ischnoceran bird lice by Vince Smith, who created the lice Tree of Life pages. Richard Griffiths has recently established a new molecular ecology laboratory with several avian projects currently underway.

For further information on life in Glasgow a good place to start is the Glasgow City Council's Web site and Pure Dead Brilliant Glasgow.

How to apply

Applicants should be well versed in PCR, cloning, primer design, DNA sequencing and analysis. Experience working with insects is desirable, but not essential. Applications, comprising a C.V., names and addresses (including email address if possible) of two referees, and a statement of research interests, can be sent to:

Dr Roderic D. M. Page
Division of Environmental and Evolutionary Biology
Institute of Biomedical and Life Sciences
Graham Kerr Building
University of Glasgow
Glasgow G12 8QQ
United Kingdom