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  • Postdoc in Biodiversity Synthesis

    Melanie Colón
    • Employer: University of Bern
      Location: Bern
      Country: Switzerland
      Last Date to Apply: 11/25/2018
      Open Until Filled: No

    Postdoc in Biodiversity Synthesis, University of Bern

    Applications are invited for a two year, postdoc position conducting ecological synthesis in the Biodiversity Exploratories (https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.biodiversity-exploratories.de&data=02%7C01%7Cmcolon%40AGCENTER.LSU.EDU%7C035b0c3a58834547152508d63da777bf%7C804b509899084bdf9c06b3df777563aa%7C0%7C0%7C636764186824543151&sdata=Ntq5%2Fi2SexvyeZk3Z9WLnIDuKqyDvJPLDxV3PcCAUKg%3D&reserved=0). The postdoc will join the group of Prof. Eric Allan and will collaborate closely with synthesis postdocs in the group of Prof. Markus Fischer, both at the University of Bern in Switzerland. 

    The Biodiversity Exploratories project involves collaboration between over 50 research groups and examines relationships between environmental change (land-use intensification), biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in forests and grasslands. It has generated uniquely comprehensive biodiversity and ecosystem function datasets: including detailed land-use data, diversity data from a wide range of groups, such as bacteria, fungi, arthropods, plants and vertebrates, and data on many different ecosystem services. The synthesis project uses these data for combined analyses and therefore aims to create synergies between the different research groups, thereby providing added value for the whole project.
    We are seeking highly motivated applicants interested in the causes and consequences of biodiversity change, community ecology and/or ecosystem service research. As well as conducting synthesis analyses, applicants are expected to interact frequently with members of the Biodiversity Exploratories community and to organise workshops and teaching courses.

    Applicants should have a PhD in ecology, or related discipline, and strong analytical skills, including familiarity with advanced statistical techniques and manipulation of large datasets (preferably using R). The positions will be based at the Institute of Plant Sciences in Bern, which offers a stimulating, international research environment and excellent facilities (https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ips.unibe.ch&data=02%7C01%7Cmcolon%40AGCENTER.LSU.EDU%7C035b0c3a58834547152508d63da777bf%7C804b509899084bdf9c06b3df777563aa%7C0%7C0%7C636764186824543151&sdata=T%2BflQ2inU14ayiEKtmdH9UA3pUXIoXy3YThrGKIjVeQ%3D&reserved=0). Bern is also a beautiful city with a high quality of life. 

    Please send your application by email (as a single PDF by email) to eric.allan@ips.unibe.ch. Applications should include a CV, names and addresses of two references, a one page description of your research interests and a list of publications. Applications will be reviewed from 25th November 2018 until the position is filled.

    For queries on the application process or more information on these positions, please contact Prof. Eric Allan eric.allan@ips.unibe.ch

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