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  • 2-yr postdoc on “Ecological and biodiversity effects of megafauna reintroductions – with focus on southern Africa”

    • Employer: Aarhus University, Department of Bioscience
      Location: Aarhus
      Country: Denmark
      Last Date to Apply: 05/01/2018
      Open Until Filled: No

    2-yr postdoc on “Ecological and biodiversity effects of megafauna reintroductions – with focus on southern Africa” 969750


    Link to job post: http://bit.ly/ecomegares
    Title: Ecological and biodiversity effects of megafauna reintroductions – with focus on southern Africa


    Research Area and Project Description: This postdoc project is part of a project “Megafauna ecosystem ecology from the deep prehistory to a human-dominated future” (MegaPast2Future: http://projects.au.dk/mega/), funded by the Carlsberg Foundation. There is increasing focus on restoring historically depleted megafaunas as a means to facilitate self-managing biodiverse ecosystems (trophic rewilding). At the same time our knowledge of the ecological and biodiversity effects of such megafauna restoration is relatively limited. This postdoc will address this knowledge gap through field-based studies in southern Africa, making use of the numerous nature and game reserves in the region with varied compositions and levels of restored megafauna. Key focal response groups will include plants, but may also cover e.g., birds. Apart from field-based work, other approaches may also be used in supplement, e.g., meta-analyses. The postdoc is expected to lead at least 2 papers per year in this research area, contribute to the project’s public outreach and teaching (e.g., co-organizing and co-teaching an annual international PhD course in megafauna ecosystem ecology), 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.


    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 field-based ecology in African savanna ecosystems, 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 prof. Jens-Christian Svenning will be the main supervisor. The postdoc will join a team working on megafauna ecosystem ecology and restoration (see project website), within the Center for Biodiversity Dynamics in a Changing World (BIOCHANGE) and the Section for Ecoinformatics & Biodiversity (ECOINF). BIOCHANGE is a center of excellence focused on improving our understanding, predictive capacity, and responses to the ongoing and future dynamics in biodiversity under global change. ECOINF harbors strong expertise in macroecology as well as ecology and biodiversity broadly. Together BIOCHANGE and ECOINF constitute an ambitious, collaborative and highly international research community. The project will be done in partnership with South African collaborators. Research visits there as well as to other international collaborators will be supported.


    Place of Employment and Work: The place of employment and work is Center for Biodiversity Dynamics in a Changing World (BIOCHANGE) and Section for Ecoinformatics & Biodiversity (ECOINF), Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University, Ny Munkegade 114, DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark.


    Application dead-line: May 1st 2018. Starting date: August 1st 2018, but flexible.


    Contacts: Applicants seeking further information are invited to contact: Professor Jens-Christian Svenning, phone +45 28992304, e-mail: svenning@bios.au.dk.


    Application procedure
    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
    Science and Technology refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.


    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. 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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