An NSF-funded postdoctoral position is available in the laboratories of David B. Wake and Marvalee H. Wake in the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology and Department of Integrative Biology, University of California at Berkeley, to participate in a project of the Annotated Tree of Life program focused on amphibians of the world. The individual selected will be expected to conduct foreign field work, produce sequences of nuclear protein-coding genes and of mitorchondrial genes, and participate in development of robust phylogenetic hypotheses for salamanders and caecilians using available data from GenBank and the literature. Participation also will involve morphological assessments and the incorporation of paleontological and developmental data. The goal is to obtain data for all of the 500 + species of salamanders and the 160 + species of caecilians in world.

The postdoctoral position requires herpetological knowledge and experience, demonstrated ability to conduct molecular systematic and phylogenetic studies, including generation of sequences and analysis of data sets, and a willingness to develop skills in comparative morphological and developmental methods that will provide new data and to critically evaluate previously used data for accuracy and relevance.

The position is for one to three years and has a minimum salary of about $31,000 plus the University of California benefits package. Salary could be higher depending on experience. Excellent new facilities are available for conducting the postdoctoral program, and the successful individual will join a dynamic and interactive working group associated with the Museum and the Department.

In addition to the Wake labs, the postdoctoral associate will work closely with the labs of David Cannatella and David Hillis (University of Texas at Austin), Linda Trueb and Rafe Brown (University of Kansas) and James Hanken (Harvard University) on the comparative genomic, morphological, and developmental aspects of the project.

The position is available from January 1, 2004. Review of applications will begin November 15, 2003, and continue until a suitable candidate is found. Applicants are requested to send a letter describing their prior research experience and current interests and goals and a curriculum vitae. The applicant should arrange to have two letters of reference sent directly. Address materials and enquiries to:

AmphibiaTree Postdoctoral Position
Attn. D Wake and M Wake
Department of Integrative Biology
3060 VLSB
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-3140
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