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Research Associate in Mammalian Locomotor Evolution
Oxford Road, Manchester

Job reference: SAE-018276

Location: Oxford Road, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 21/02/2022

Salary: £33,309 to £40,927 per annum, depending on relevant experience

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Science and Engineering

Division: Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences

Hours per week: Full time

Contract Duration: From 1 April 2022 until 31 March 2023

School / Directorate: School of Natural Sciences

We seek to appoint a full-time 12-month PDRA to work in the lab of Dr. Katrina Jones ( It will be based in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Manchester, within the Interdisciplinary Centre for Ancient Life – a diverse group of paleobiologists with interests spanning taxa and methodologies ( The Jones lab specifically focuses on the anatomy and evolution of mammals, and the factors influencing major locomotor transitions.  This hire forms part of a Royal Society funded project exploring the evolution of cursoriality in mammals, and particularly the role of the axial skeleton in running. 

You will work with the PI to collect and analyze data for the above project, working with zoological and paleontological museum collections and online repositories. The successful candidate will be highly self-motivated, goal-oriented, and organized. Experience of morphological data collection and analysis techniques, such as CT scanning, segmenting, surface scanning, geometric morphometrics, allometry, phylogenetic comparative analysis will be beneficial, and good proficiency in R-programming language is essential. Experience with specimen-based collections research is highly desirable. Excellent written language skills and experience with scientific publication is essential.

This position will offer the successful candidate an excellent opportunity to work in a growing and dynamic lab, and gain experience working with cutting-edge morphological imaging and analysis techniques. Passionate early-career researchers with a desire to understand the macroevolutionary patterns underlying locomotor evolution are encouraged to apply.

The successful candidate must be available to start no later than April 1st 2022, due to funding constraints.

The School/Department is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for gender equality in higher education. The School/Department holds a Bronze Award for their good practice in relation to gender; including flexible working arrangements, family-friendly policies, and support to allow staff to achieve a god work-life balance. We positively welcome applications from women for this post. All appointments will always be made on merit. For further information, please visit:

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Blended working arrangements may be considered.

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies.

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This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

Please see the link below for the Further Particulars document which contains the person specification criteria.


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