Ph.D. Position in Mammalian Evolution & Development

Our lab has vacancy for one Ph.D. student in The Jockey Club College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences, City University of Hong Kong.
My group is mainly interested in evolution, developmental biology, and paleontology of vertebrate body structure.
Our group is equipped with two cutting-edge microCTs (Shimadzu inspeXio SMX-90CT Plus and Bruker Skyscan 1272) and advanced histological instruments (Thermo Fisher CryoStar NX70, Rotary Microtome HM340E), and two fluorescent microscopes (Nikon Ni-E and Nikon SMZ18).

Ongoing projects include (but not limited to),

1. Evolution and development of echolocation-related traits in bats
2. Evolution of reproduction-related traits in bats
3. EvoDevo and palaentology of skull bauplan in diapsids, synapsids, and anapsids
4. Skull cartilage (chrondrocranium) evolution in mammals
5. Taxonomic and biodiversity studies of Hong Kong local mammals

For previous publications, please see here.

The prospective student does not need a veterinary degree. Masters' degree is preferable but not required.
The successful candidate should have a strong background in evolutionary biology and/or developmental biology and will initiate research in the above noted areas.
Students will receive fully-funded salary of 16,500 HKD (c.a. 2,100 USD) per month, up to four years.
Starting time of Ph.D. is 01.04.2020 or to be agreed.

Those whose university education was not in English should satisfy the following requirements before the start of employment:
- a minimum total score of 550 (paper-based test); or 79 (internet-based); or 59 (revised paper-delivered test; sum of Reading, Listening and Writing section scores) in TOEFL
- a minimum overall band score of 6.5 in IELTS
- other test scores that may be regarded as equivalent to TOEFL 550 (paper-based) or 79 (Internet-based) or 59 (revised paper-delivered test)
- a minimum score of 490 in the Chinese mainland's College English Test Band 6

City University of Hong Kong is a young institute just celebrating its 25th anniversary, but is ranked 52th in the world and 12th in Asia by the QS World University Ranking 2020, with 80% of postgraduate students being non-local international students.
The official language of the University is English, and all university activities are done in English.

If interested, please send the following materials to to

1) CV
2) A brief account of the your research interests and motivation for applying for the position
3) The names and contact information for two reference persons

Review of applications will commence immediately and continue until the position is filled, but no later than January 10, 2020.