Postdoc para estudiar cómo y por qué cambia la biodiversidad a nivel espacial y temporal ~

17 de septiembre de 2022

Postdoc para estudiar cómo y por qué cambia la biodiversidad a nivel espacial y temporal

Oferta compartida por Cristina

Postdoctoral researcher - biodiversity science and macroecology (2 years)

We offer a full-time postdoctoral position (2-years contract) in a field spanning macroecology,
biogeography, biodiversity science, ecological statistics, and spatial ecology. The candidate will join
the international team of Dr. Petr Keil ( at the Dpt. of Spatial Sciences at the
Faculty of Environmental Sciences, Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague, Czech Republic.
Research topic: The research will be part of ERC-funded project BEAST (“Biodiversity dynamics
across a continuum of space, time, and their scales”). Within the project we study how biodiversity
(and its different facets) changes in time, which includes extinctions and invasions, how the changes
play out at local, regional, and continental scales, and what drives the changes. The project
emphasizes terrestrial taxa (plants, vertebrates, insects). For a better idea about the research focus of
our group visit our website.
Job description: The work will be mostly computational, and will involve handling of biodiversity
databases, spatial data cleaning and management, programming, and custom-tailored statistical
analyses (in R, Python, Julia, or similar). There will be intensive use of geographic information
systems (GIS). We expect the postdoc to negotiate and collaborate with international data holders,
and with other members of the team. Apart from being the lead author on papers and presenting on
conferences, the postdoc can get training through workshops and courses. There will be teaching
• PhD in ecology, macroecology, geography, zoology, botany, bioinformatics, biostatistics,
environmental sciences, or related field. We also encourage holders of PhD in mathematics,
statistics, or physics to apply.
• Ability to publish peer-reviewed papers, handle multiple co-authors, and coordinate and
collaborate with external data holders.
• Experience with spatial/geographical data and GIS.
• Experience with statistical analyses and programming in R, Python, or similar environment.
We aim at increasing the diversity of our team, and welcome applicants of all genders, cultures,
backgrounds, ages, or countries. We believe that a diverse team will broaden perspective and
enhance creativity.

We offer
• Starting gross salary of 65,000 CZK/month (ca 2,650 EUR as of Sep 2022), which is ca
50,500 CZK/month net, but the latter varies depending on family situation and other
circumstances. Median salary in the Czech Republic in the first quarter of 2022 was 31,923
CZK/month gross. Living costs (childcare, transportation) are generally lower than in Western
Europe. For costs of accommodation see
• Full medical insurance and social security as a standard part of the employment contract.
• 40 days of paid holiday per year.
• Motivational bonus payments for high-quality publications.
• Daycare at CZU campus for children of employees (≥ 2 years old).
• Funds for travel to conferences and workshops abroad. Funds for additional training.
• State-of-the-art scientific and computing equipment, software, access to journals and scientific
• Subsidized lunches at the university canteen (Menza).
• International working environment (the working language is English), green spacious campus
in Suchdol in the outskirts of Prague, 30 min to Prague city center by public transportation or
bike, 15 min walk to several natural protected areas. The campus has various sports facilities,
including a swimming pool, gym, athletic track, and indoor and outdoor playfields. The
university also offers cheap holiday accommodation in mountains outside of Prague. Prague is
one of the safest cities in the world with excellent public transportation, international
accessibility, and healthcare.
• Starting date: 1st January 2023, later dates are negotiable.
To apply, please send by email (, in a single .pdf of less than 10 MB:
• Motivation letter (1-2 pages) describing your expertise, research interests, stating why do you
see yourself as a good fit, and where do you see yourself and your research in the future.
• Your CV including your publications and any other relevant or interesting outputs (code
repositories, reports, your personal website, etc.).
• Contact details for 2-3 academic referees, e.g. your former supervisor, boss, or collaborator.
• Put “postdoc application” and your name in the subject of the email and the name of the .pdf.
Review of applications will begin on 15th of October 2022, and will continue until the position is filled.

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