7 postdocs and 1 PhD position at the Center for Macroecology, Evolution, and Climate at the University of Copenhagen (Denmark) ~ Bioblogia.net

1 de julio de 2014

7 postdocs and 1 PhD position at the Center for Macroecology, Evolution, and Climate at the University of Copenhagen (Denmark)

Eight fixed-term Postdoc/PhD positions at Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate

Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate (CMEC)
Natural History Museum of Denmark and Department of Food and Resource Economics, University of Copenhagen

Announcement of eight fixed-term Postdoc/PhD positions (2-3 years):
1. Postdoc in Macroecology
2. Postdoc in Marine Macroecology
3. Postdoc in Comparative Phylogeography
4. Postdoc in Macroevolution
5. Postdoc in Community Ecology
6. Postdoc in Theoretical Community Ecology
7. Postdoc in Experimental and Environmental Economics
8. PhD in Bird Movement

We also welcome inquiries from prospective applicants for a Marie Curie fellowship.

CMEC and its research mission statement: Life on Earth - addressing the big questions
CMEC (http://macroecology.ku.dk/) is a long-term funded center of excellence with a cross-disciplinary research program addressing fundamental questions on the origin, maintenance, conservation and future of life and biological diversity on Earth. The 40+ researchers at the center currently represent 14 different nationalities and the working language is English. The center juxtaposes faculty staff scientists from the fields of macroecology, historical biogeography, oceanography, evolutionary biology, ecology, population biology, climate change research, conservation biology and environmental economics.

CMEC combines natural history knowledge, rigorous field work in all corners of the world and an assemblage of huge biological data sets built from primary sources with the use of cutting-edge DNA techniques, novel macroecological and null models, powerful bioinformatics tools and statistics to enable a truly holistic approach for addressing fundamental questions about life on Earth. The aim of CMEC is to elucidate biology?s "laws of nature" by understanding the four main processes influencing life: the origin  and birth of species (speciation), the dispersal of species (movement), the persistence of species through interactions with other species (maintenance) and the disappearance of species (extinction). Using and combining knowledge of individual process in a hypothesis-driven spatio-temporal framework, we focus on the grand challenge of answering one of the most important questions facing science today: What are the fundamental evolutionary and ecological principles and processes that generate and maintain the complex patterns of the distribution of life on Earth?

The eight positions: 

POSITION 1 -POSTDOC IN MACROECOLOGY to work on research questions related to what determines large-scale patterns of species distribution, species assemblages, species richness and life-history traits using vast quantitative global databases on species distribution with phylogenetic information in association with climatologic, geophysical, geological and ecological information. We are seeking a scientist with a strong background in natural history who has excellent analytical, spatial statistical and modeling skills (e.g. null modeling, predictive modeling, simulation modeling, species distribution and niche-modeling etc.). We are particularly interested in considering the influence of contemporary and evolutionary processes on contemporary patterns of species richness at a global scale and/or in mountain regions.

Contact person for more information and questions: Professor Carsten Rahbek, e-mail: crahbek@snm.ku.dk; phone: +45 35 32 10 30.

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POSITION 2 -POSTDOC IN MARINE MACROECOLOGY to work on research questions related to what controls large scale spatio-temporal patterns in phytoplankton community composition and diversity using global and regional data sets of species occurrences paired with co-incident oceanographic data. We are seeking a phytoplankton ecologist with a strong background in community ecology and oceanography and well-developed analytical, statistical and modeling skills. In particular, investigation of how interactions between spatial and temporal processes affect dispersal and maintenance of diversity has our interest.

Contact person for more information and questions: Professor Katherine Richardson, e-mail: kari@science.ku.dk; phone: +45 35 32 12 03.

POSITION 3 - POSTDOC IN COMPARATIVE PHYLOGEOGRAPHYto research on what controls large scale spatio-temporal patterns in population genetic diversity and genetic structure across taxa using global and regional data sets. We are seeking a comparative phylogeographer with a strong background in coalescence theory and methods, including methods that integrate population-level data from multiple taxa into single community-level analysis. Specifically, we are interested in forecast, in explicit spatial frameworks, responses of populations at genetic level to future climate change across large environmental gradients.

Contact person for more information and questions: Associate Professor David Nogues, e-mail: dnogues@snm.ku.dk; phone: +45 35 32 12 58.

POSITION 4 - POSTDOC IN MACROEVOLUTION to study diversification of birds, mammals and/or amphibians at a continental to global scale in time and space using global data. We are seeking an evolutionary zoologist with a strong conceptual background in phylogenetics, analytical capabilities, experience in morphological traits and/or molecular data and an interest in analyzing evolutionary processes in time and geographical space combining phylogenies with data on vertebrate species distributions, species assemblages and earth history information.

Contact person for more information and questions: Professor Carsten Rahbek, e-mail: crahbek@snm.ku.dk; phone: +45 35 32 10 30.

POSITION 5 - POSTDOC IN COMMUNITY ECOLOGY to study the assembly of ecological communities at broad geographic scales, using existing data sets at CMEC on local communities, e.g. trees, ants and/or south-east Asian birds. We are seeking a highly motivated ecologist with a strong conceptual background, analytical capabilities and experience in null models, trait-based approaches and/or phylogenetics. The ideal candidate will be able to combine novel approaches to examine the factors that structure the assembly and dynamics of local ecological communities in time and space.

Contact person for more information and questions: Professor Nathan Sanders, e-mail nathan.sanders@snm.ku.dk; phone: +45 27 64 27 60 or Professor Carsten Rahbek, e-mail: crahbek@snm.ku.dk; phone: +45 35 32 10 30.

POSITION 6 - POSTDOC IN THEORETICAL COMMUNITY ECOLOGY to further advance knowledge of the effects of biotic interactions on community dynamics under climate change and develop innovative approaches for modeling changes in the properties and topology of ecological networks. We are seeking a scientist with a strong background in theoretical ecology, specifically in network ecology and community ecology and with excellent computer programming, mathematical and modeling skills. The position will be joint between CMEC, University of Copenhagen and the Imperial College London (co-supervised by Prof. Miguel Araujo).

Contact person for more information and questions: Professor Carsten Rahbek, e-mail: crahbek@snm.ku.dk; phone: +45 35 32 10 30 or Professor Miguel Araujo, e-mail: miguel.araujo@imperial.ac.uk

POSITION 7 - POSTDOC IN EXPERIMENTAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS to work on questions related to what determines cooperation and valuation of biodiversity conservation in a local and global perspective, using experimental economic methods and extensive spatial data on biodiversity distributions. We are seeking a scientist with a strong research track and experience in experimental economics (preferably field-based experiments) and who has excellent analytical, modeling and statistical skill. The postdoc will be part of a cross-disciplinary research team of economists and biologists. The project is a joint project with the University of Wyoming (Professor Jason Shogren).

Contact person for more information and questions: Professor Niels Strange, e-mail:nst@ifro.ku.dk; phone: +45 35 33 17 53.

POSITION 8 - Ph.D. IN BIRD MOVEMENT to study long-distance movement in birds. We are particular interested in understanding migration patterns and how migratory birds track seasonally changing conditions. We seek a bird migration biologist preferably with a background in natural history and field work as well as excellent analytical, statistical and modeling skills. The position is part of the project, MATCH: Migration in a changing world (http://snm.ku.dk/english/research/projects/birdmigrationlab), using satellite-based radio tracking to understand how small, long-distance migrants ensure arrival to suitable winter and stopover grounds at the appropriate time of the year.
Contact person for more information and questions: Associate Professor Kasper Thorup, e-mail: kthorup@snm.ku.dk; phone: +45 35 32 10 51.

Further information on the positions 
The successful applicant for each position will refer to and collaborate with the contact person(s) listed under each theme. Applicants can apply for more than one of the positions, but an individual and position-specific application needs to be submitted for each position applied for. Applicants are expected to engage in ongoing research projects using the center?s data/resources and to contribute to further development of new projects. We expect successful candidates to be interested in conducting collaborative projects within the center with other center scientists.

The postdoc positions require a PhD degree and the PhD position a Master´s degree. We seek internationally competitive candidates for the postdocs with a very strong publication record in the best international peer-reviewed journals and a proven publication track record for the PhD candidates. Applicants should have documented strong analytical and data handling skills and the ability to communicate within a cross-disciplinary research center. Strong natural history knowledge and experience with fieldwork would be viewed favorably for all positions.

Length of appointment and starting time is negotiable, but is expected to be 2 years for postdoc positions and 3 years for the Ph.D. position and with a starting time 1 January 2015 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Inquiries concerning the positions can be made to the contact persons indicated under each position or general questions to the Center Director of CMEC, Professor Carsten Rahbek, Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate, Universitetsparken 15, DK-2100 Copenhagen, Denmark. Phone: +45 35 32 10 30; E-mail:crahbek@snm.ku.dk

Terms of appointment and payment in accordance with the agreement made between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). The annual Postdoc salary is based on seniority and is currently between DKK 383,412 and DKK 403,682 plus pension contribution approximately between DKK 48,440 to DKK 51,386. The PhD stipend plus starting salary is combined at a minimum of DKK 305,291 plus pension contribution up to DKK 42,171.Information about working conditions and taxes is available at www.workingconditions.ku.dk and www.ism.ku.dk

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY ONLINE on the specific link to each of the position. Please note that the materials to be considered in the assessment must be attached to the application form, which you will find under APPLY ONLINE. Applications received by e-mail or any other way other than the official electronic system of the University will not be considered.

Please include in the following order:
  • Application letter (max 1 page);
  • Motivation for applying (max 0.5 page);
  • Description of previous research experience (max 0.5 page).
  • A list of your most significant publication(s) (up to three) and briefly describe in 2-3 sentences what is interesting in the paper(s) (max 0.5 page)
  • A brief outline of an idea for research within the topic area (1 page). This is used for evaluating the applicants only
  • Curriculum vitae (with applicant?s e-mail address and telephone number) with documentation of education and complete publication list.
  • Full contact details (name, address, telephone and email) of three professional references.

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

The deadline for applications is 18 August 2014. Applications or supplementary material received after this date will not be considered. LLL
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