Postdoctoral Researcher, NERC Bees

The Natural History Museum - Department of Earth Sciences

A NERC funded PDRA position is available for 34 months working at the Natural History Museum, London, with Professor Ian Barnes and Dr Selina Brace on the recovery and analysis of DNA from bumblebee museum specimens. This work is part of a larger project investigating insect pollinator responses over a century of UK land-use change. The advertised position will focus on whole genome sequencing of museum specimens, and analysis of these data to infer past patterns of population size change, admixture and selection. The post-holder will work closely with Dr Richard Gill and his team in the Department of Life Sciences at the Silwood Park campus of Imperial College London, who are conducting population trait evolution and manipulative experiments as complementary components of the project. The project also involves working with the imaging and digitisation teams at the Natural History Museum, and museum curators and other leading researchers from around the UK. The o verall aim for the project is to better understand the dynamics of how insect pollinator populations have (and will) change in response to changes in land-use and associated factors, and how they adapt to newly emerging environments and the impact on fitness.

The NHM is a leader in research into the use of ancient DNA from museum collections and these activities are growing. The successful applicant will be part of a group of approximately 300 scientists, and will have the opportunity to communicate science to a huge national and international audience. The museum is home to one of the worlds largest and most significant scientific collections, an internationally important library, and a suite of advanced analytical and imaging facilities.

The post will be based at the Natural History Museum, and will make use of the Museum's excellent molecular laboratory facilities and extensive collections. The successful applicant will be interested in the recovery of DNA sequences from museum specimens, and the application of these data in evolutionary biology and applying this to eco-evolutionary questions.

Appointees will join the Division of Vertebrates and Anthropology, which sits in the Department of Earth Sciences.

Contract: Fixed term, 34 months.

Application Close Date: 9am on Monday 16 October 2017.

Interviews expected: Week commencing 23 October 2017.

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