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Ph.D. and Post Doctorate Opportunities

University of Calgary, 

Graduate Student Opportunity

The Rolian lab at the University of Calgary is looking to recruit highly qualified and motivated graduate students at the Masters and Doctoral levels, to begin in May or September 2015. Our lab studies the limb musculoskeletal system in mammals. Through artificial selection, we have created a line of mice in which the limb bones have become elongated relative to body mass. This unique resource is being used to understand how the limb skeleton evolves, from genomic and developmental perspectives, and how limb bone length influences musculoskeletal function in health and disease. Students joining the lab will have the opportunity to develop their own projects in consultation with Dr. Rolian, with topics ranging from genetic, developmental, evolutionary and/or biomechanics aspects of this vertebrate model, to its relevance to musculoskeletal health in humans.

The ideal candidate will have an outstanding record and background in biology or life sciences, with a focus on evolutionary biology. Basic knowledge of vertebrate comparative anatomy is desirable. The student should be competitive for external and/or internal funding (e.g., NSERC, CIHR). The University of Calgary is a young and vibrant research intensive university in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, recently voted one of the world’s top livable cities. The university emphasizes cross-disciplinary work, and the Rolian lab is well integrated with the faculties of Veterinary Medicine, Medicine and Science, and with the McCaig Institute for Bone and Joint Health. Interested candidates should send Dr. Rolian a CV and a short description outlining their interests in graduate work in our research group.

Campbell Rolian, PhD

Assistant Professor

Dept. of Comparative Biology and Experimental Medicine

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

University of Calgary

3330 Hospital Dr NW

T2N0L8 Calgary AB Canada
Phone: 403-210-3888

Department of Anthropology and Archaeology, University of Calgary
Postdoctoral Scholar in Primatology 

We seek a Postdoctoral Scholar for a two-year position to begin in early 2015. The position is funded by the University of Calgary, the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology, and grant funds from the main supervisor, Dr. Linda Fedigan.
The Department of Anthropology and Archaeology is the home of four full-time faculty primatologists and their research teams with long-term field projects in Belize, Costa Rica, Ghana and Madagascar. Our collaborative objective is to create synergies and new insights from comparative analyses of our datasets. To that end, we have developed an integrated database as part of the PACE project (Primates Adapting to Changing Environments). PACE currently includes long-term data on three primate species (with three more species datasets shortly to be integrated) and is comprised of behavioural, ecological, demographic, genetic, nutritional and spatial data.  It is both an online database and a physical space with computers, software and data storage devices, including a collection of satellite imagery for our field sites.
We seek a scholar with expertise in one or more of these areas: behavioural, social, spatial and/or reproductive ecology; life history and demography; primate (including human) adaptability in changing environments. The postdoctoral fellow should have a strong interest in collaborative research and cross-specific, comparative studies. They will be given access to the PACE database and encouraged to develop collaborative publications based on the PACE data (and their own data if available), to mentor graduate students and to organize workshops relevant to areas of overlapping interest areas.
The salary is $50,000CDN per year, plus funds to cover extended health care and some relocation/travel/conference expenses that will be detailed in the offer letter. There are no citizenship requirements but the applicant must hold a PhD or equivalent and be within five years of being awarded the PhD. They must also have a strong publication record, evidence of good analytical and quantitative skills, a history of grant/scholarship success and some experience with relational databases. If you are interested, please send your CV, names of and contact information for two referees, and a short description of your suitability for this position to Neil Griffin via e-mail.
Applications are being accepted immediately and the position will remain open until filled.
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