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9 de junio de 2015

2 Phd positions in biodiversity-ecosystem functioning (Switzerland)

Two PhD positions in biodiversity-ecosystem functioning and multitrophic interactions at the University of Bern

Applications are invited for two, PhD positions working with Prof. Eric Allan, at the University of Bern in Switzerland.

Nitrogen enrichment is a key global change driver in grasslands which impacts ecosystem functioning through a range of direct and indirect effects. The project aims to experimentally disentangle some of these mechanisms, including looking at effects of biodiversity loss alongside
changes in plant functional composition and foliar fungal pathogen abundance. We also aim to test the effects of global change on pathogen communities, theories about when pathogens have their largest top down effects on plant communities and to explore the host range of fungal pathogens with further experiments.

The two PhD students will set up, and work on, a large grassland field experiment near the city of Bern. One PhD student will focus more on ecosystem functioning (including quantifying measures of nitrogen and carbon cycling and litter decomposition) and the other on responses and effects of pathogens.

We are seeking highly motivated applicants interested in biodiversity-ecosystem functioning, plant community ecology and multitrophic interactions. Applicants must hold (or shortly complete) a
Master degree or equivalent in biology or another relevant discipline, with a good background in ecology. Some previous research experience in ecology and good statistical knowledge are desirable. Strong oral and written communication skills in English are required. The positions will be based at the Institute of Plant Sciences in Bern, which offers a stimulating, international research environment and excellent facilities (www.botany.unibe.ch/planteco). Bern is also a beautiful city with a
high quality of life.

Please send your application by email (as a single PDF) to
eric.allan@ips.unibe.ch. Applications should include a CV, names and
addresses of two references and a one page cover letter outlining your
motivation for the position and research interests. Applications will be
reviewed from 26th June 2015 until the position is filled. The expected
start date is 1st September 2015.

For queries on the application process or more information on these
positions, please contact Prof. Eric Allan eric.allan@ips.unibe.ch

Dr. Eric Allan,
Institute of Plant Sciences
University of Bern
Altenbergrain 21
CH-3013 Bern
email: eric.allan@ips.unibe.ch
phone: +41 31 631 4923

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