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2 de marzo de 2021

Trabajo de campo con aves en una isla del Báltico, con posibilidad de enlazar con un doctorado

Oferta compartida por Nuria

Field assistant position to work on collared flycatcher population on Gotland at the Institute of Environmental Sciences, Jagiellonian University (Poland)

What do we study?
It is well established that biological rhythms are fundamental drivers of biochemistry, cell biology, physiology and behaviour. The regularity of behaviours is governed by endogenous clocks, which are adjusted and synchronised with environmental cues, primarily light. Rapidly expanding anthropopressure largely disrupts these cues. Yet, it is surprising how little we know about the effects of disorders in the functioning of the internal time-keepers in free-ranging animals. The project will aim at understanding the effects of disturbance in environmental cues, i.e. light exposure, on circadian clock of a wild migratory bird: collared flycatcher (Ficedula albicollis).

Job description
Field assistant will actively participate in fieldwork, collecting phenotypic, biological and environmental data related to the specific tasks in the project and in general Gotland population monitoring. The project opens an opportunity to apply
for a PhD scholarship for motivated field assistants (after meeting criteria of admission to the Doctoral school of JU). 
  • Full-time availability for a period of ca. 1.5 months (mid-May-end of June).
  • Driving license; 
  • English language command to communicate with international Gotland team;
  • Communication, organizational and collaboration skills; 
  • Experience with field work (preferably with birds) is considered advantageous
  • Bird ringing/handling experience, bird ringing and ethical permits to work with animals are a plus.
3000 PLN total (before tax), ticket to/from Gotland, accommodation
and daily living allowance are additions to the salary ensured by the project.

How to apply: for any inquiries email the principal investigator Joanna Sudyka ( or the project manager Wioleta Oleś ( The application (in English or Polish) should be sent by 15.03.2021 to Wioleta Oleś ( with the term “Field assistant” as email subject line and include: 
  1. CV (maximum 2 pages) with information on relevant experience and training;
  2. cover letter (maximum 1 page), explaining how the applicant’s background makes them a suitable candidate for the position. Selected candidates may be invited to an interview (in IES JU or online).

Postdoc en estadística y evolución, enfocado en modelos ecológicos y dinámica de poblaciones.

Oferta compartida por Nuria

The University of Bordeaux is recruiting a postdoctoral researcher with a statistics or quantitative ecology/evolution background to work on improving the identifiability of dynamic ecological models, with a focus on models describing the population dynamics of interacting species.

Model parameters are unidentifiable when several parameter values give rise to identical likelihoods, which causes frequent issues in nonlinear and/or dynamic models. While statisticians have long known about such difficulties [1, 2] these remain often neglected in the ecological and quantitative biology literatures, and have only recently become more mainstream [3, 4]. Ecological models of community dynamics, with several species interacting with each other, are particularly prone to identifiability issues since interactions between species greatly increase model dimensionality, making sometimes “inverse estimation” from population counts impossible. Combining multiple data streams in mechanistic models has been highlighted as a way forward to improve model identifiability [5, 6], especially in highly stochastic settings, bringing the philosophy of integrated population models [7] up to the community level.

The postdoc will work closely with Dr. Frédéric Barraquand at the Institute of Mathematics of Bordeaux. The postdoc position is part of a larger project where we plan to fit integrated predator prey models for birds (collaboration with Olafur Nielsen, Icelandic INH; Olivier Gimenez, CNRS Montpellier) and explore the statistical properties of competitive/mutualistic models of primary producer communities (with Florian Hartig, University of Regensburg; Matteo Detto, Princeton
The recruited postdoc will have opportunities, depending on her or his interests, to work on:
  • formal aspects of identifiability of stochastic dynamical systems with interacting species
  • developing software for assessing model identifiability and combining various datasets
  • integrated model fitting on case studies or simulated data sets
We are looking for a researcher with a strong statistics and/or modelling skillset, able to work in a team. Proficiency in coding (e.g. R, C/C++) is expected and some applied bayesian statistics (e.g. in Jags or Stan) would be very valuable. A good working knowledge of population dynamics or food web/competition models would be a plus.

The position is funded for 2.5 years (with salary based on experience) by a French National Research Agency grant to F. Barraquand. The position may start anytime from spring 2021 to late fall 2021. Informal enquiries are welcome. To formally apply, applicants should send a cover letter describing their interest in the position, a curriculum vitae, and name and contact information of three references (preferably by March 15, though the review of applications will continue until the position is filled). Contact:

[1] Rothenberg TJ (1971) Identification in parametric models. Econometrica 39:577–591.
[2] Catchpole EA, Morgan BJ (1997) Detecting parameter redundancy. Biometrika 84:187–196.
[3] Auger-Méthé M, et al. (2020) An introduction to state-space modeling of ecological time series. arXiv preprint arXiv:2002.02001.
[4] Cole D (2020) Parameter Redundancy and Identifiability (CRC Press).
[5] Barraquand F, Gimenez O (2019) Integrating multiple data sources to fit matrix population models for interacting species. Ecological Modelling 411:108713.
[6] Barraquand F, Gimenez O (2021) Fitting stochastic predator–prey models using both population density and kill rate data. Theoretical Population Biology 138:1–27
[7] Besbeas P, Freeman SN, Morgan BJ, Catchpole EA (2002) Integrating mark–recapture–recovery and census data to estimate animal abundance and demographic parameters. Biometrics 58:540–547.

Dos contratos para hacer el doctorado estudiando ecofisiología de peces en Australia

Oferta compartida por Nuria

We have two exciting opportunities to obtain a PhD scholarship through Deakin University, working in the lab of Associate Professor Timothy Clark at the Waurn Ponds campus and at the Queenscliff Marine Station. The positions are available to domestic and international students. Applicants should have achieved an excellent grade (e.g., H1 or HD) in an Honours or MSc research program, and they should have proven skills in scientific writing. Successful candidates will be offered a 3-year PhD scholarship (~AU$27,000 p.a. tax free) through the School of Life and Environmental Sciences to study one of the following projects or a related project (depending on applicants and timing):

Project 1: "Predicting the lifetime resilience and performance of economically-important fishes"
In animal production, and in other contexts such as animal ecology, it would be useful to know the survival probability and future performance of juvenile individuals. In the absence of this knowledge in aquaculture, much time and energy is wasted on raising individuals that ultimately perform poorly and/or die prior to harvest. This project will examine physiological and molecular traits of juvenile fishes, with an aim to predict the performance of individuals as they progress through life. The successful PhD candidate will have experience in physiology, molecular biology, and/or a related discipline.

Project 2: "Why are fish ‘shrinking’ as the climate warms?"
The ‘temperature-size rule’ is a phenomenon whereby ectothermic animals in warm environments are typically smaller than individuals of the same species in cooler environments. While the temperature-size rule has been observed across several fish species, the underlying mechanisms responsible for the phenomenon remain enthusiastically debated. This project will examine the underlying mechanisms determining growth rates and adult body sizes, with an aim to more accurately forecast the impacts of climate warming on fish populations. The successful PhD candidate will have experience in a relevant discipline such as physiology, molecular biology, endocrinology, and/or reproductive biology.

To apply, please send your Expression of Interest form (download from here: and CV to A/Prof Timothy Clark at The positions will remain open until suitable candidates are found (don’t delay!).

14 de febrero de 2021

Paleontología del siglo XXI: Postdoc desarrollando modelos de network analysis para estudios paleontológicos

Oferta compartida por Nuria

We are looking for a highly motivated and dynamic researcher for a 2-year postdoc position, commencing April-May 2021. The candidate will work on understanding and modelling species interactions from the fossil record of the Las Hoyas site, a Lower Cretaceous (Barremian, 129-125 Mya) paleowetland from Spain, focusing on interspecific ecological interactions, and in applying and developing new algorithms to such end.
The position will be based at the Unit of Paleontology, Dept. of Biology at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM). Information on the department can be found at:

Our group and research
The successful candidate will be part of the Paleobiology Group at the UAM and CIPb- (Center for the integration of Paleobiology (https: // We are a small group, offering a 
creative and stimulating working conditions in a dynamic research and teaching environment, addressing fundamental questions on vertebrate, invertebrate and plant macroevolution, on the one hand, and the multidisciplinary study of the Las Hoyas fossil site, connecting diversity, palaeoecology and taphonomy, in particular.

Project description and your job
This project aims to describe and understand the community structure of the paleowetland, by taking a multi-species complex network modelling approach. The project’s team and collaborators are compiling data on the biotic interactions of the fossil species to integrate these into multi-species networks. The models should be implemented by programming algorithms in languages such as Python, R or Julia. The postdoc is expected to focus specifically on the multi-species network analysis and programming, but other collaborative projects are open  within the lines of research of the team (both in their areas of  expertise and research on the site) and would also be expected to assist in teaching and supervise undergrad thesis projects in the Biology Undergraduate program. The project is funded by the Ministry of Science and Technology of Spain. Principal Investigators are: J. Marugán Lobón ( and A.D. Buscalioni (

We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic scientist with the following competencies and experience:

Essential experience and skills:
  • A PhD in sciences (Biology and Ecology preferred, but Physics, Maths and/or fields that tackle maths extensively are accepted), at the time of expected start in the position.
  • A reasonable publication record in international peer-reviewed literature.
  • Experience with scientific data analysis and modelling.
  • Experience with a computer language such as Julia, Python or R.
  • Demonstrated communication skills and ability to work in teams.
  • Excellent English skills, written and spoken.
Desirable experience and skills:
  • Experience in Paleontology and in macroevolutionary approaches.
  • Experience in working with inter-specific interactions and their evolutionary and ecological consequences.
  • An interest in combining paleontological field work data with modelling.
  • Experience in teaching and supervising undergraduate and MSc students.
  • A curious and open mind-set
Place of employment
The place of employment is at the Department of Biology, UAM, with direct collaboration with members of CIPb.
The Universidad Autónoma’s campus is situated in a beautiful suburban area less than 20’ from the city and it’s one of the best ranked universities in Spain. The city of Madrid is consistently rated among the most liveable, culturally appealing and accessible cities in the world.

Terms of employment
The employment as postdoc is a full time and fixed-term position for 2 years, starting in April-May 2021.

For further information please contact Profs. Jesús Marugán Lobón or
Angela Delgado Buscalioni.

Application procedure
Your online application must be submitted in English to the e-mail:, including the following documents/attachments –
all in PDF format:
  1. Motivated letter of application (max. one page).
  2. Short CV incl. education, work/research experience, programming and language skills, plus other skills relevant for the position.
  3. A certified/signed copy of PhD certificate.
  4. List of publications.

Application deadline
25 February 2021, 23.59pm CET
We reserve the right not to consider material received after the deadline, and not to consider applications that do not live up to the above mentioned requirements.

The further process
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorised recruitment management team will select applicants for assessment to establish a final interview through video conference. Such interviews are expected to be held very soon thereafter.

12 de febrero de 2021

Voluntariado remunerado en una isla paradisíaca con BirdLife

Application deadline:
Sunday, 28. February 2021 - 23:45

Príncipe Natural Park Volunteer - São Tomé and Príncipe
BirdLife is opening a volunteer opportunity for up to 1 year to support activities of the BirdLife initiative on the paradise of Príncipe island – supporting the Príncipe Natural Park and BirdLife Project Officer in their day-to-day activities – including undertaking field assessments and monitoring, community engagement and empowerment initiatives, and other management related activities – to accompany the Príncipe Natural Park toward improved management efficiency!
The volunteer will second BirdLife Project Officer on the island and further promote synergies & efficiencies for the Principe Natural Park & associated institutions.

Field assessments and monitoring:
• Support capacity building of Park staff and other regional institutions.
• Assist in biodiversity, ecosystem service and economic valuation surveys.
• Assist in community awareness raising activities.
• Support the development of ecotourism and associated facilities (e.g., trails).

Community engagement and empowerment:
• Provide assistance in stakeholder consultations.
• Carry out activities to raise awareness about the importance of the Park.
• Propose innovations for the integration of communities in the management of Natural Resources and in the management of the PNP.

Other responsibilities:
• Monitor & report on implementation of PNP´s field activities; prepare activity plans and budgets for the PNP.
• Facilitate and assist visits; assist research groups and / or PNP visitors on the ground.
• Propose and support the development of communication material.
• Cooperate with local stakeholders on the field.

Skills, experience and qualifications required:
• BSc or more, in environmental science or management.
• High motivation, desire to achieve, attention to detail, excellent organisational skills.
• Oral and written fluency in Portuguese and/or English.

BirdLife will provide the Volunteer with:
• Month subsidies for food of 150EUR and communication of 25EUR.
• Basic accommodations on Príncipe island.
• International and Regional flights and transit expenses, in & out, from your based location to Príncipe island.
• Other costs that may incur related to residency and visa (if non-Santomean).

Deadline for submission of applications: 28 February 2021
Date on which work should begin: March 2021

To apply, a cover letter & a detailed CV must be submitted by the deadline by e-mail to:

May you have any question regarding this position, please get in touch! 

Voluntário do Parque Natural do Príncipe - São Tomé e Príncipe

Imparte una charla invitada como bióloga marina o profesional con experiencia relacionada

We are looking for contributors to the Oceanopia Confluence on 8th of March2021.

The theme is empowering women to collaborate towards a future vision for
the oceans.

We are bringing women from different backgrounds together including
science, spirituality, art, communication, and entrepreneurship.

We are looking for 1-2 women keen on speaking about the theme of
collaboration in the underwater world.

This could be a coral expert, an expert on fish swarn phenomenology, or
some other theme that harbors this topic.

If you feel keen on speaking, but you have another pressing idea, please do
get in touch.

Please cc in your reply.

With all my appreciation,

Barbara Gratzer <>

Medio centenar de contratos para venirte a Chequia a hacer el doctorado o el postdoc

The STARS program provides fully funded PhD positions to ensure excellent education and an adequate income to PhD students of the Faculty of Science.

The STARS program aims to attract the best students from abroad, as well as from the Czech Republic.

The program has just recently opened 49 new calls in the following fields:
  • biology
  • chemistry
  • geology
  • geography
  • environmental studies

Varias becas para conseguir experiencia y formación remuneradas en divulgación científica

We are excited to announce the continuation of our partnership with Two Photon, a small company that makes science art. In addition to creating beautiful enamel pins, jewelry, and prints, they also provide small grants for people who have ideas for science communication projects. You can support their work on Patreon and in their shop. @christineliu is the co-founder!

Two Photon will be providing grants for a small group of prospective science writers with little or no previous experience. We first ran this program together in 2019 and we’re bringing it back because it was so successful.

Photon Fellows will receive $25 for each of their first two published articles, social media training, and guidance on creating a writing portfolio to share with editors outside Massive.

Applicants need to be Consortium members, so anyone can use the code TwoPhoton for free membership.

More information about the program and examples from 2019:

If you want to apply to be a fellow, fill out this form by March 1st! The page is set to be members only, so you’ll only be able to access it if you sign in, just to the right of the search icon on the main site.

Feel free to spread the word to friends and colleagues. Ask questions here or send them to

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