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du 1 dcembre 2016 au 30 juin 2017 /

LabEx LIO - Recrutement d'un post-doctorant sur le Lagersttte des Fezouata - Duration: 1 year - Starting Date: Oct. 1st 2017

Postdoctoral position: "Determining the origins of metazoan body plans with exceptionally preserved Early Palaeozoic fossils"

Location: University of Lyon 1 (Laboratoire de Géologie de Lyon)
Duration: 1 year
Starting Date: Oct. 1st 2017

Job description:

Over the past 15 years, our understanding of the onset of metazoan biodiversity in the Early Palaeozoic has increased dramatically with the discovery of exceptionally preserved assemblages in the Fezouata Shale (Lower Ordovician) of the central Anti-Atlas, Morocco. The Fezouata Biota consists not only of numerous typical post-Cambrian taxa, characteristic of the Palaeozoic Evolutionary Fauna (e.g. asterozoans, cirrippeds, crinoids, eurypterids, graptolites, ostracods, xiphosurans), but also contains abundant and diverse representatives of Cambrian-like organisms, more iconic of "Burgess Shale-type" Lagerstätten (e.g. anomalocaridids, demosponges, eocrinoids, hyolithids, marrellomorphs, wiwaxiids). The aim of this project is to analyse the origin of some major metazoan clades and the early structure of complex marine ecosystems, based on abundant new exceptionally preserved material collected in-situ from the Fezouata Shale.

We are looking for a palaeobiologist with expertise in the systematics and morphology of at least one of the two major groups of marine invertebrates dominating the exceptionally-preserved fossil assemblages of the Fezouata Biota: arthropods or echinoderms. Competence in geology and/or biology would be also welcome, as would field or research experience on any other Early Palaeozoic Konservat-Lagerstätte. The candidate should have a solid knowledge of classical methods of investigation (e.g. phylogenetic analyses) and demonstrate excellent skills in palaeontological observation (e.g. latex casts, camera-lucida, SEM); experience of non-invasive analyses (e.g. 3D microtomography) is also desirable but not essential.

The successful candidate (1 year) would be expected to:
1. Undertake the careful description of several taxa from the Fezouata Biota (external morphology, soft-part anatomy) to clarify their phylogenetic position.
2. Reconstruct parts of the Fezouata trophic web, through the analysis of gut contents.
3. Investigate the origins (taphonomic vs. behavioural) of local clusters of marine invertebrates observed in various levels of the Fezouata Shale.

Informal enquiries about the job and application process should be directed to Dr Bertrand Lefebvre: Candidates should also send their applications to Dr Bertrand Lefebvre, including a curriculum vitae, list of publications and short statement detailing their research interests; and have 2 two letters of recommendation sent directly to the same address.
We will continue to review applications until the post is filled. The anticipated starting date is Oct. 1st 2017.

Dr. Bertrand Lefebvre (