Two postdoc and two PhD positions in plant macroecology and phyloinformatics at Aarhus University ~

4 de octubre de 2012

Two postdoc and two PhD positions in plant macroecology and phyloinformatics at Aarhus University

I: One 2-year postdoc and one PhD position in the ERC StG project
“Macroecological studies of long-term historical constraints on functional
diversity and ecosystem functioning across continents (HISTFUNC)”. The
postdoc project concerns long-term historical constraints on global and
regional patterns in functional diversity of vascular plants, while the PhD
project addresses the same topic specifically for the palms (a key-stone
plant group in tropical ecosystems) and also looks into the interplay of
palms with mammal functional diversity.

II: One 2-year postdoc and one PhD position in the Danish “NSF” (FNU)
project “Paleoclimatic stability and the evolutionary ecosystem ecology of
Earth’s forests (STABFOR)”. The postdoc project concerns paleoclimatic
stability effects on evolutionary dynamics of forest tree lineages, while
the PhD project concerns phylogenetic and functional community structure in
forest trees.

Qualifications: All postdoc candidates are expected to provide cutting-edge
expertise in advanced statistical analyses of large data sets (including
strong skills in R), to have solid ecological background and strong
collaborative skills, and to have proven abilities to publish at a high
international level. STABFOR postdoc candidates should also have solid
experience with phylogenetic analyses. All PhD candidates should have good
abilities – for their career stage - in statistical modeling and ecology.
Experience in plant ecology or botany would also be an advantage for all
four positions.

Supervisors and collaborators: The main supervisor is prof. Jens-Christian
Svenning. The projects also involve prof. Brian J. Enquist (University of
Arizona), prof. Robert E. Ricklefs (University of Missouri), assistant prof.
Brody Sandel (AU), and Head of  Collections and Director of the Herbarium
Finn Borchsenius (AU)

Where: Ecoinformatics & Biodiversity Group, Department of Bioscience, Aarhus
University, Denmark. The Ecoinformatics & Biodiversity Group is a diverse,
vibrant and international research community with strong collaborative,
interdisciplinary ties within and beyond Aarhus University. More information
about the people and research activities of the group can be found at

Starting date: All four positions should ideally start January 1st 2013.
For further information, please contact: Professor Jens-Christian Svenning,
The official announcements will soon come up here:
PhD positions:

Aarhus University has 38,000 students, 11,200 staff, and is a world leading
university that ranks 51 on the Leiden ranking, 79 on the QS World
University ranking, and 86 on ARWU – Shanghai ranking.

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