Open postdoctoral position at the University of Zurich to study ‘pattern and process in evolutionary radiations of fossil and living actinopterygian fishes’

The Evolutionary Morphology and Palaeobiology of Vertebrates group at the Palaeontological Institute and Museum of the University of Zurich ( invites applications for a postdoctoral position. The successful candidate will work in a Swiss National Science Foundation supported research project (‘Sinergia’) about patterns and processes in evolutionary radiations of fossil and living actinopterygian fishes, concentrating on the speciation and phylogeny of a basal Triassic clade. The project is a collaboration between M. Sánchez, H. Furrer ( and W. Salzburger (Basel,

We are looking for an individual who has received his or her PhD within the last five years, who is highly motivated and can work independently on the project. A successful candidate will have substantial research experience in at least one of these areas: phylogenetics, comparative anatomy, morphometrics and skeletochronology. The selected candidate will be expected to help in teaching and writing a proposal for funding. The position offers a highly competitive salary of up to three years on annually renewable contracts.

The working language in the laboratory is English. German skills, although very helpful, are not essential. Zurich is a highly attractive city in beautiful surroundings, with a multinational population, and many cultural, educational and recreational opportunities.

To be considered, please send a single (!) PDF file merged from the following parts: CV including publication list, a statement of research interests not exceeding three pages, and three academic references. Please include the word ‘SinergiaSánchez2012’ in the subject line. The application deadline is August 15, 2011. The position is available in fall of 2011, at a negotiable starting date.