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The characterisation of the entomofauna associated with natural and artificial mummies from Europe and South America

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    Dr S. Vanin
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  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
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Project Description

We are seeking a PhD student in archaeogenetics/palaeogenetics as part of the third cohort of five PhD scholars in Evolutionary Genetics for the new Leverhulme Trust Centre at Huddersfield, to begin in September 2017. The successful scholar will receive training from leading experts and undertake cutting-edge research in archaeogenetics, palaeogenetics, bioinformatics, genomics, next-generation DNA sequencing, phylogenetics, population genetics and human evolution.

This particular project will focus on aspects of funerary archaeoentomology related to the morphological and molecular identification of insects collected from archaeological burials, graves and mummies. The main aim of the project is the characterization of the entomofauna associated with natural and artificial mummies from Europe and South America. Alignment and phylogeny approaches will be used in order to identify the analysed sample after morphological identification.

The student will work in new molecular biology facilities and in the newly opened high-spec ancient DNA facility at Huddersfield, alongside existing students who will provide day to day guidance and the supervisor. There will be a strong emphasis on data analysis and interpretation, as well cutting-edge laboratory work, and on producing world-class research papers.

Applicants should hold a good bachelor’s degree (and preferably also an MSc or MA) in Genetics, Molecular Biology, Biotechnology, Statistics, Computing, Bioarchaeology, Biological Anthropology, Forensic Science or other relevant subject, and ideally have experience of generic biological lab techniques such as DNA extraction and PCR. Although training and hands-on supervision will be provided, it is essential that the candidate can operate independently and take the initiative to direct their research. For this project, in addition, the candidate should preferably also have a good knowledge of insect systematics and biology and Coleoptera and Diptera morphological and molecular identification.

The studentship will cover the full cost of tuition fees for UK/EU students, and will pay an annual tax-free bursary of £14,553 for three years (RCUK rates). There are additional funds available for laboratory consumables and travel for conferences, visits to collaborating laboratories and sample procurement.

To apply, please go to: http://halo.hud.ac.uk/pgr_onlineapps/ and complete the on-line application, ensuring you select full-time PhD Biology. Please type ‘Leverhulme Trust’ in the ‘Personal Statement’ field. Please also email your CV, transcripts and two letters of recommendation in support of your application to Professor Richards (email [Email Address Removed]) and copy to PGR Administrator Fiona Cross (email [Email Address Removed]) Please indicate in your email why you believe you are well-qualified for the project.

For informal enquiries please contact Dr Stefano Vanin on +44 (0)1484 47 3179 (email [Email Address Removed])

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