PhD en gestión de la biodiversidad de ríos en Barcelona ~

7 de junio de 2022

PhD en gestión de la biodiversidad de ríos en Barcelona

Oferta compartida por Cristina 

PhD candidate in river biodiversity management

RTA is currently seeking an enthusiastic and motivated PhD candidate to join the Marine and Continental Waters Program. We invite applications from ambitious candidates with relevant research experience and passion to conduct research and innovation activities on the PhD project “Applied metacommunity perspectives for river biodiversity management”. The goal of this PhD project is to provide new insights for the adequate conservation and management of rivers in a context of global change. To do so, we will use novel measurements of biodiversity change that consider spatiotemporal variability and apply conservation planning tools to obtain conservation and restoration opportunities that promote climate change adaptation.
Specifically, we will: (1) analyse spatiotemporal trends of biological communities (catchment scale) and determine the drivers of these changes.; (2) study metacommunity dynamics (sub-catchment scale) and translate it into practical management practices.; and (3) apply a systematic conservation planning approach.
The project will involve knowledge and outputs transfer to different relevant stakeholders, such as NGOs, water agencies, and the general public.
Supervisors: Núria Cid (link) and Carles Alcaraz (link), members of the research group FEHM.
Job location: IRTA la ràpita
Full-time position (37.5 h/week)
Terms of appointment: Terms of appointment: The duration of the PhD Candidate contract will be for one year, extendible by yearly periods. Under no circumstances may the accumulated duration of the initial PhD Candidate contract plus the extensions exceed four (4) years.
Salary: The financial remuneration will be of €1,236.39/gross per month (€17,309.45/gross per annum)
for the first and second years. For the third year, il will be €1,324.10/gross per month (€18,545.84/gross
per annum) and for the fourth year it will be €1,655.88/gross per month (€23,182.32/gross per annum)
which will be subject to the corresponding withholdings, pursuant to prevailing regulations, and to the
collective employment agreement of IRTA (1)
IRTA will also pay the annual fees of the doctoral school when receiving the enrolment.
Employee Benefits: 22 vacation days, 3 days of family & work conciliation, 45h of personal days, Friday afternoon off, Compressed Summer schedule from 15/06 to 15/09, Conciliation schedule.
Tasks and Responsabilites:
- Data compilation, including biological (e.g. fish, macroinvertebrates) and environmental and climatic data.
- Biological sampling in rivers.
- Sample processing in the lab.
- Freshwater biodiversity data analysis, including statistical modelling and spatial prioritization for
conservation planning
- Participation in communication and dissemination activities (e.g. attending conferences, workshops and transfer activities).
- Manuscript writing.
Required qualifications and experience
-Candidates must hold one of the following degrees:
- a) A Master’s in Ecology or Biodiversity or similar;
- b) To be in a position to access a doctoral programme according to the requirements of Catalan universities, i.e. accrediting between 60 and 120 ECTS credits at the official university master's degree level or equivalent.
- Not to have a PhD.
- Knowledge in R software language and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
- Experience in river biological sampling methods.
- Car driving license.
Desirable requirements
- Knowledge on environmental EU policies such as Water Framework Directive, Habitats Directive and EU Biodiversity strategy for 2030.
- Management of large datasets.
- Previous scientific publications will be valued positively.
- Proficiency in English
- Catalan and Spanish are valued 

Application process
If you wish to be considered for this position, please, apply via our Recruitment Platform to the job post with reference CPI1622 and upload your CV and motivation letter. All information will be treated in the strictest confidence. 

Deadline for application: 18/06/2022

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