2 ofertas de postdoctorados trabajando con fauna y flora del Amazonas ~ Bioblogia.net

30 de abril de 2024

2 ofertas de postdoctorados trabajando con fauna y flora del Amazonas


Oferta compartida por Daniel Fernández en el Biogrupo  

1) 2-yr postdoc on Making biodiversity inventories more efficient

The Department of Biology, Aarhus University invites applications for a fulltime 2-year postdoc position on:  Making biodiversity inventories more efficient. This postdoc project is part of a larger project funded by the Danish National Research Foundation. The overall aim is to understand how tropical plant diversity originated and how it is distributed at present.

The focus is especially on Amazonian rainforests, which house a large part of the Earth's biodiversity but are facing severe threats from climate change and human impact. We urgently need knowledge on biogeographical and ecological ranges of species, and these in turn need many observations of species occurrences from the field. However, such data are very laborious to produce, because traditional field inventories are slow, they require species identification skills that few people have, and the area that needs to be covered is very large.

These problems may be alleviated by approaching field inventories and species identification in new ways that allow non-specialists to contribute to the collection of species occurrence data. One such possibility is to use spectral leaf characteristics to facilitate species identification. The present project aims to test to what degree this approach can facilitate identification of Amazonian understory plants, especially ferns, and to combine it with already existing large datasets to enhance biodiversity mapping in Amazonia.

Starting date and period 

The position is for two years and is available from August 1st, 2024, or soon thereafter.

Job description 

The project aims to enhance ways of making biodiversity inventories more rapid and less dependent on the species identification skills of individual researchers. The focus will be on collecting and analyzing spectral traits on Amazonian understory plants, especially ferns, and to make the results available to the broader public in species identification tools. To test the approach, both already existing material and new material to be collected during coming field trips can be used. The postdoc is expected to contribute ideas and concepts to the project and actively collaborate with other team members, including students and researchers based at other institutions. Participation in field work is encouraged. The postdoc is expected to lead at least two high-quality papers in this research area and contribute to public outreach and teaching.

Your profile 

Applicants must have a PhD degree or equivalent in a relevant field (e.g., ecology, biology, botany) or have submitted their PhD thesis for assessment before the application deadline. The broader project is mostly focusing on ferns as indicators of general floristic variation (with some attention to other plants such as palms), so experience with identifying plants is an advantage. The successful candidate is expected to have good collaborative skills, proven ability to publish at a high international level, and excellent command of the English language. Knowledge of Portuguese or Spanish is an advantage but is not required.

Application materials 

Include a motivation letter (1 page, specify your qualifications for carrying out the planned research), a preliminary research plan (max. 3 pages, outline how you might focus your work to address the research questions mentioned above), CV (including number of citations and H-index from Google Scholar and full list of publications), and educational documentation (copies of diplomas for Master and PhD degrees). Diplomas can be in English or Danish, other materials must be in English.

Supervisor and collaborators 

The work will be supervised by Professor Hanna Tuomisto (Aarhus University) and Dr. Flávia Durgante (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology). The postdoc will be integrated in and collaborating with others at the Section for Ecoinformatics & Biodiversity (ECOINF) in the Department of Biology, Aarhus University. There will also be collaboration with several research institutes abroad, notably University of Turku in Finland, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany, and several institutes in South America.

What we offer 

The successful candidate is offered:
  • an ambitious, creative, and friendly research environment, inviting lively, open and critical discussion within and across different fields of research
  • a working environment with teamwork, close working relations, network activities among young scientists and social activities
  • a workplace characterized by professionalism, equality, and a healthy work-life balance
  • access to a well-developed research infrastructure 
  • office space, shared equipment

Place of work 

The place of employment and work is the Section for Ecoinformatics & Biodiversity (ECOINF), Department of Biology, Aarhus University, Ny Munkegade 116, DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark.

About the Department 

The Department of Biology hosts research programs and teaching curricula that cover all major biological sub-disciplines. The Department currently employs approximately 140 academic and technical staff and 40 PhD students. The Department hosts BSc and MSc study programs in Biology with about 400 students enrolled as well as a PhD program. The Department offers a vibrant and informal research environment with a long-standing tradition for collaboration with international university partners in the absolute elite. 

The working language is English, and we welcome applications from all genders of all backgrounds. Read about the Danish work-life balance, special opportunities for junior researchers, and the services available when relocating to Aarhus University here. The campus of Aarhus University is located in a beautiful park close to the city center. Aarhus city has a population of about 300,000 people.

Life quality and time allocation to family life in Denmark is high, and international investigations usually report that no other nationality score higher in terms of life satisfaction.

You can read more about the Department of Biology here.

Contact information 

Applicants seeking further information are invited to contact: Professor Hanna Tuomisto,
e-mail: hanna.tuomisto@bio.au.dk.
2) Postdoctoral Researcher (2 years) in the Amazon Research Team


The Faculty of Science at the University of Turku invites applications for contract-based, fixed term postdoctoral researcher position. Employment starts on 1.8.2024 or as agreed and lasts for two years.

The postdoctoral researcher will join the project "Evolution of landscapes, rivers and biota in Amazonia". The project is funded by the Research Council of Finland and is carried out in collaboration with several research institutes in Europe, Brazil and USA.

The overall aim of the project is to understand spatial distribution patterns of animals and plants in Amazonian rainforests in the light of evolutionary and biogeographical processes that may have driven their diversification. Attention is paid especially to the geological and climatical history of the area, dispersal barriers they may have created, and current as well as past environmental heterogeneity. To obtain a generalized view, the project addresses distributional patterns and population genomic structure of several plant and animal groups in parallel. 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Carrying out active research related to the project themes, including data management and analysis
  • Leading the writing of at least two good-quality scientific papers
  • Participation in relevant outreach activities
Apply between 25 April 2024 and 21 May 2024 16:00 (Europe/Helsinki)

Who we are looking for


Applicants should have a PhD degree in a relevant field (e.g., ecology, biology) or have submitted their PhD thesis for evaluation before the application deadline. The successful applicant should show high motivation, enthusiasm for science, ability to work both independently and as a member of an international research team, and interest in addressing questions at the intersection of biology and geology. We especially look for experience with handling large datasets consisting of species occurrence and/or genomic data as well as familiarity with spatial analysis and GIS.

We value equality and diversity in our work community and encourage qualified applicants, regardless of background, to apply for our open positions.


Salary and trial period

The salary of the postdoctoral researcher will be based on job demand level 5 of the university salary chart for teachers and researchers. The task-specific basic salary component is 3213.55 euros per month and the additional component determined by personal performance is 6–50 % of the basic salary.

The position has a probation period of six months.

How to apply

Please submit your application through our online recruitment system. The closing date for applications is Tuesday 21.5.2024 at 16.00 (EEST GMT+3 / at 13:00 UTC).

Applicants should enclose with their application:

  • motivation letter explaining why you are interested in and qualified for the position
  • CV
  • list of publications (including number of citations and H-index from Google Scholar)
  • preliminary research plan: outline how you might address the research questions mentioned above (maximum 3 pages)
  • degree certificate(s)
  • name and contact information of two academic referees
  • other documents that may influence the filling of the position.

Further information

For further information about the position, please contact: professor Hanna Tuomisto, hanna.tuomisto@utu.fi

With questions about the application process, please contact: HR-specialist Kaisa Ketomäki, kaisa.ketomaki(at)utu.fi



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