A postdoctoral research position is available at Stellenbosch University (duration 3 years) to work on a collaborative project examining the evolution of aural structures in seabirds and their potential role in detecting infrasound (https://seabirdsound.wordpress.com/about/)

This specific postdoctoral project will focus on exploring the mechanisms that may underlie seabird infrasound detection. The project will use advanced 3D imaging techniques to visualize and measure sensory organs in a variety of seabird species. The data will be examined within a phylogenetic framework and integrated with spatial modelling and geophysical components of a larger international collaborative project. Aural structural data will also be used to model theoretical frequency sensitivity of infrasound detection by seabird sensory organs.

The project and postdoctoral position is part of a larger project (funded by a Human Frontier Science Program grant) that brings together the fields of geophysics (hosted by Jelle Assink, Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute, The Netherlands), behavioural ecology (Samantha Patrick, University of Liverpool, UK), physiology (Susana Clusella-Trullas, Stellenbosch University, South Africa) and spatial modeling (Mathieu Basille, University of Florida, USA).

The position will require a PhD in biological sciences, preferably comparative anatomy or physiology, or a related field (e.g. evolutionary physiology). The candidate should have experience and creative insights into microscopy methods (e.g. TEM/SEM, fluorescence microscopy, 3D imaging and analysis), a strong background in advanced statistics (e.g. multivariate analyses; geometric morphometrics) and a proven track-record for publishing research in high quality peer-reviewed literature. Desirable criteria include knowledge of and advanced programming in the R statistical environment.

The applicant will be based in the CL•I•M•E laboratory of Susana Clusella-Trullas (http://clusellatrullas.blogspot.co.za/), Department of Botany and Zoology at Stellenbosch University, South Africa, but must be able to work as part of a close collaborative team and be willing to spend short periods of time at all four institutions involved. The post is full time and fixed term for 36 months and candidates would start on 1st October 2017.

To apply

Applications should consist of an academic CV, cover letter and brief description (300 words) of three key published papers that show skills relevant to this post and particularly novel results. Applications and further enquiries should be directed to S. Clusella-Trullas ([email protected]).

Review of applications begins August 1st 2017 and will close as soon as a suitable candidate has been found