Research Assistant

Research Assistant
Employer: Natural History Museum
Salary: £26,677
Location: London

The Natural History Museum is one of the world's top museums; internationally recognised as a leader in the study of the natural world through its collections, its role as a centre of excellence in scientific research and in the presentation of natural history through exhibitions, public programmes, publications and the web.

Although focused on extant teleosts, this project will involve researchers from both the Earth Sciences and Life Sciences departments, and may include work on fossils as well. This is a three-year project funded by a Leverhulme research grant that will focus on the evolution of diversity and disparity in the teleost fish group Pelagiaria, some of the more familiar members of this group including tuna and mackerel.

As a part of this, we will utilize reconstructed micro-CT scans of Pelagiaria skulls to investigate patterns of interspecific modularity, integration, and morphological evolution within these taxa using high-dimensional 3D surface morphometric methodologies.

The successful applicant will be primarily responsible for generating micro-CT scans of Pelagiaria skulls and 3D rendering and processing of these scans, under the supervision of the project PDRA and the project leaders. You will have MSc in Biological Sciences and experience of Micro-CT scanning of biological or paleontological specimens.

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