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Postdoctoral Research Associate

The SalGo Team and Aboobaker Lab are offering a Postdoctoral Researcher position in the Department of Zoology for a fixed-term of 1 year (with the possibility of extension). This position is part of the John Fell Fund project "How will immortal species respond to climate change" to investigate the impact of resource availability on the life history evolution of planarians.

We are seeking an evolutionary biologist, demographer and/or ecologist to empirically elucidate the responses of three planarian species with different modes of reproduction and varying regenerative potential to changes in timing, intensity and frequency of resource availability. This post is part of a dynamic and interdisciplinary research group: the SalGo Team, led by A/Prof Rob Salguero-Gomez. Some of the questions we study are related to the evolution of senescence, constraints of life history traits, and population responses to climate change.

The work will involve (i) setting up an experiment to test how the frequency, timing, and intensity to resource availability shapes various life history traits on three different species of flatworms (Schmidtea mediterranea, Dugesia tahitiensis and Polycellis tenuis), (ii) collection of data under laboratory conditions of survival, development and reproduction of these species, (iii) construction and analysis of integral projection models parameterised with the laboratory data, and (iv) publication and dissemination of results in high impact factor journals, conferences and the general public.

This post is ideally suited for applicants with a PhD/DPhil (or be about to obtain) with a strong background in life history evolution, demography, population ecology, and with experience in laboratory settings.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on 5 April 2019.

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