1.5-yr postdoc on rates of biodiversity change due to human induced global environmental shifts 1009992
How fast do different levels of biological organisation respond to environmental changes?
Research Area and Project Description: Earths environmental and biological setup is changing due to human activities, a transformation that is leaving lasting impacts on ecosystems processes and services. These changes would result in the emergence of novel ecosystems when the environmental and biological step transformations cross a tipping point. While much work has focused on establishing the most likely causes for the recorded biological reorganisation of ecosystems over the last decades, we have limited knowledge of how these responses take place and the rates at which they occur. This postdoc will determine the environmental variables that have the most substantial influence in determining shifts on different levels of biological organisation. This research line will provide the first systematic evaluation of the links between changes in environmental composition and multiple aspects defining the biological structure of an ecosystem. The postdoc is expected to lead at least one paper in this research area, as well as collaborate with other team members, including students, sharing skills, helping solving problems in her/his area of expertise and more generally contributing ideas and concepts to the project. The candidate will be encouraged to write a Marie Curie fellowship as soon as she/he arrives on the subject of the project to continue the work on this topic within my group.
Qualifications and Specific Competences: Applicants to the postdoc position must have PhD degree in ecology (or equivalent) or have submitted their PhD thesis for assessment before the application deadline. The successful candidate should have solid experience with macro-ecology and biogeography, work with large ecological databases, cutting-edge expertise in advanced statistical analyses of large data sets, and be skilled in the use of R/Python. Furthermore, the successful candidate needs to have strong collaborative skills, proven abilities to publish at a high international level, and good skills in English. International applicants who do not have English as their first language must prove strong English language writing skills.
Supervisors and collaborators: Project PI Assistant Professor Alejandro Ordonez will be the main supervisor. The postdoc will join a team within the Section for Ecoinformatics & Biodiversity (ECOINF) and collaborate with the Center for Biodiversity Dynamics in a Changing World (BIOCHANGE). ECOINF harbors strong expertise in macroecology as well as ecology and biodiversity broadly. BIOCHANGE is a center of excellence lead by prof. Jens-Christian Svenning, focused on improving our understanding, predictive capacity, and responses to the ongoing and future dynamics in biodiversity under global change. Together BIOCHANGE and ECOINF constitute an ambitious, collaborative and highly international research community.
Place of Employment and Work: The place of employment and work is the Section for Ecoinformatics & Biodiversity (ECOINF), Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University, Ny Munkegade 114, DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark.
Starting date: December 1st 2018, but flexible.
Contacts: Applicants seeking further information are invited to contact: Professor Alejandro Ordonez, phone +4587154347, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Shortlisting is used. This means that after the deadline for applications and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the appointment committee if necessary, the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. All applicants will be notified whether or not their applications have been sent to an expert assessment committee for evaluation. The selected applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee, and each applicant is given the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that concerns him/her self. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants, including the main considerations emphasized during the selection process.
Formalities and salary range
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The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here.
Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities. Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations.
All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background. Research activities will be evaluated in relation to actual research time. Thus, we encourage applicants to specify periods of leave without research activities, in order to be able to subtract these periods from the span of the scientific career during the evaluation of scientific productivity.
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Deadline: 8 November 2018
Unit: Department of Bioscience
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Post expires on Thursday November 8th, 2018