The School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences at University College Cork (UCC) are inviting applications for a four-year PhD researcher position investigating the taphonomy of vertebrate melanin. The position is funded by the European Research Council and forms part of a series of new hires in palaeontology.

About the project:
  • The successful candidate will undertake analysis of extant and fossil melanin and melanosomes, plus taphonomic experiments using in-house facilities for laboratory decay and high pressure-high temperature maturation.
  • Key analytical techniques include SEM, AHPO-LCMS, Synchrotron-XRF, STEM, STXM. In addition to research, the successful candidate will have opportunities to undertake training in transferable skills, to gain experience in mentorship, and to participate in fieldwork.
  • The successful candidate will work closely with the PI and other members of the team, especially a post-doctoral researcher also working on the taphonomy of melanin.


  • To conduct a specified programme of research under the supervision and direction of a Principal Investigator/Project Leader.
  • To engage in appropriate training and professional development opportunities as required by the Principal Investigator, School or College in order to develop research skills and competencies.
  • To engage in the dissemination of the results of the research in which they are engaged, as directed by, with the support of and under the supervision of a Principal Investigator.
  • To become familiar with the publication process.
  • To acquire generic and transferable skills (including project management, business skills and postgraduate mentoring/supervision).
  • To engage in the wider research and scholarly activities of the research group, School or College.


  • Applicant must hold 2:1 or 1:1 Bachelor’s or Master’s in Geology, Zoology or Palaeontology.
  • Applicant must hold good laboratory skills and ability to work as part of a team.
  • Applicant must be excellent problem solving skills and must possess excellent communication skills.

How to apply:

Candidates should apply, in confidence, via email to including a CV (including contact details of two referees) and cover letter.

—————–Quick Overview————-
Organization University College Cork (UCC)
Country Ireland
Fellowship Level Doctoral
Subject areas Geology, Zoology, Palaeontology
Fellowship amount Varies
Eligibility Open to all nationalities
Deadline 23rd April 2021

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