Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Faculty Positions: Macroevolution Lab (Appointment Assistant Professor/ Associate Professor Level)
Source:     Release time :2017-03-13


We are seeking experienced researchers to join the research group that focused on the discovery and interpretation of the macroevolutionary biology of land plants. The appointees are expected to establish a productive, collaborative, and externally funded research program that is International recognized. Post holders are expected to team research targets and postgraduate training. To be considered, the applicants require a demonstrated track record of publications in scientific journals leading in the field of evolutionary biology, plant taxonomy, or related disciplines-preferably as first-author or corresponding author. We are especially interested in candidates with a focus interest on macroevolutionary processes with emphasize on (1) the evolution of plant genomes, (2) accumulation of plant diversity through time and space, (3) integration of ecological modeling and phylogenetic frameworks, and (4) macroevolutionary aspects of trophic networks. We especially encourage applications from researchers with interest in seed-free land plants such as ferns and liverworts but all applications will be evaluated based on the strength of the track record and the research vision of the candidate.


Both Chinese and foreign nationals are encouraged to apply.


Our location in Yunnan Province, southwestern China, is ideally situated for testing research hypothesis on (1) the correlation of genome evolution in and the accumulation of biodiversity and (2) the accumulation of biodiversity since the Cretaceous Terrestrial Revolution in tropical habitats. Yunnan province is a biodiversity hotspot characterized by huge topographical and environmental variation which is reflected in species diversity and morphological disparity of plants. The research institute itself is located in the southern tropical part of Yunnan dominated by fragmented forest landscapes.


Research base and plans

The research team “Macroevolution” is located at the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden (XTBG, http://english.xtbg.cas.cn/), a research institute of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Our research covers a wide range of topics concerning the past and future of plant diversity explored by employing a macroevolutionary perspective. The research objectives range from (1) documenting the history of the accumulation of biodiversity, (2) uncovering the mechanism shaping the response of lineages to changing environments especially what defines the evolvability of plant lineages, and (3) predicting the future of the tree-of-life in a world increasingly shaped by humanity (anthropocene). The research group has a strong background in the study of seed-free land plants (ferns, liverworts), integration of fossil evidence, and innovative approaches that employs state-of-the-art approaches.


The research vision involves the perspective to apply phylogenetic research not only in the documentation of the past but also as a tool to manage the conservation of biodiversity resources. To achieve this, the research team is in the process to establish a highly innovative research program. This process requires the identification of the mechanisms shaping the distinct response of different plant lineages to environmental change.


The research group has access to state-of-the-art research facilities including equipment to carry out phylogenomic studies and evolutionary cytology and morphology. We have also access to growth facilities and an extensive network of established fieldwork sites. The research team is embedded in a well-developed international research network involving collaborations with research teams around the globe.



We offer

1.    Access to state-of-the-art research facilities including well-equipped molecular biology facilities suitable to carry our plant genomic research, access to greenhouse facilities, long-term research plots, and support for fieldwork.

2.    Access to XTBG’s network of research sites across Yunnan province.

3.    A fixed-term contract of 4 years for foreign nationals, with the possibility for renewal given satisfactory progress. An opportunity to develop your own research specialisations.

4.    An exceptional environment for studying biodiversity integrating evolution and ecology, enthusiastic and productive staff and students wot work with, and a great place to live.



Applying for the positions:

Applicants should submit a CV including contact details for three references, statement of research interests/plans, pdfs of representative publications. Please send these material to Prof. Harald Schneider (harald@xtbg.ac.cn). If you are invited for an interview, request for further documentation will be made at that time.


Applications with be reviews as they are received. The positions will remain open until filled.


If you have questions about the research positions and the lab, please contact Prof Harald Schneider (harald@xtbg.ac.cn).


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