Open PhD Positions: « Continuous and Polymorphic Characters in Turtle Evolution »

The Paleontology Group at the Department of Geosciences of the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, invites applications for *two* 3-year Ph.D. positions funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation and supported by the Department. The project is focused on exploring the utility of continuous and polymorphic morphological characters in turtle phylogenetics, in particular the speciose clade of Geoemydidae, and will evolve extensive international travel to visit museums.

The ideal candidates will have a geological or biological background in systematics, morphology, and vertebrate evolution. Details of the project will be discussed with preselected candidates.
The University of Fribourg is a trilingual (French/German/English) university in a bilingual (French/German) town near the Swiss Alps and equally distant from the international airports of Geneva and Zurich.
Candidates of all personal backgrounds are welcome to apply, but preference will be given to candidates with the appropriate scientific background and good English language skills.
To apply, please send the following by email:
1) a one or two page cover letter highlighting your background and motivations,
2) a detailed curriculum vitae,
3) names of three references and their contact information.

Applications will be reviewed starting June 1, 2014. However, the positions will remain open until suitable candidates are found. For all questions and for submission, please contact Prof. Walter Joyce at walter.joyce@unifr.ch

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