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Postdoctoral Position – Explaining Development, Evolutionary Novelty, and Evolvability

Posted by , on 18 November 2014

Closing Date: 15 March 2021

The Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota invites applications for a full-time postdoctoral position in conjunction with the project “Integrating Generic and Genetic Explanations of Biological Phenomena,” sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation. This project brings together scholars in philosophy and biology to address the problem of integrating different types of explanations from scientific approaches to bridge the divide between genetic and generic or physical explanatory approaches for three domains of biological phenomena: development, evolutionary novelty, and evolvability (for more details, see: Position duration: 03/01/2015 to 08/31/2017.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree in the biological sciences with a background in cellular and molecular development, demonstrated interest in theoretical issues in development and evolution, and evidence or promise of scholarly achievement. Familiarity with computational modeling methods is preferred. The successful candidate will: (a) work with the core team members ( on conceptual aspects of integrating genetic and generic or physical explanatory approaches, and (b) carry out an experimental program focusing on the relationship between the gene expression networks and physical dynamics involved in limb pattern formation with the aim of identifying integrated models that provide necessary conditions for the development and evolution of distinctive digit phenotypes in vertebrates.

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For questions regarding the position, please contact Alan Love at

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