Fully-funded Postdoc and PhDs in Tropical Ecology


via : Teh Felicia Lasmana

Research fields: ecology, conservation biology, tropical forests, ants
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Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Tropical Ecology
Novotny Lab, Biology Centre of the Academy of Sciences & University of South Bohemia, the Czech Republic

We are seeking a highly motivated and productive postdoctoral researcher to join our international team studying plant-insect food webs in tropical forests. The successful applicant will develop ecological, statistical, molecular or phylogenetic analyses of large data sets on plant-insect food webs. In addition, s/he will be able to develop an independent project, use our excellent tropical field research facilities in Papua New Guinea and collaborate closely with our partners at the University of Minnesota and the Smithsonian Institution. S/he will also contribute to the design of further studies of food webs, help apply for grant support and mentor graduate students.

Information on our research team: http://www.entu.cas.cz/png/cv-novotny-vojtech-lab.html
Eligibility: A completed PhD degree is required. Applicants from all countries are eligible.
Salary: Euro 14,000 – 24,000 pa
Limit of tenure: initially one year, expandable to three years.
Location: Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic.
More details on the position: http://www.entu.cas.cz/png/brc-vacancies.htm http://www.entu.cas.cz/png/brc-vacancies.htm

Application process: Send the application including CV, names of three referees, and a cover letter stating your previous work, qualification and motivation by email to Prof. Vojtech Novotny [novotny@entu.cas.cz]. Review of applications will begin on 15th February and will continue until the position has been filled. The position is available from 1st April 2014.

Research fields: ecology, conservation biology, tropical forests, insect-plant interactions

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Doctoral (PhD) Studentship in Tropical Ecology

Novotny Lab, Biology Centre of the Academy of Sciences & University of South Bohemia, the Czech Republic

We are seeking a highly motivated postgraduate student to join our international team studying tropical plant-insect food webs. The successful applicant will have strong background in entomology, botany, community ecology, molecular ecology, phylogenetic analysis and/or biostatistics. He/she will be supervised by Vojtech Novotny and expected to develop a research programme on community ecology of insect-plant interactions, using our excellent field facilities in Papua New Guinea, in collaboration with our international partners.

Funding: Fully funded tuition, research and living expenses
Duration: 4 years
Eligibility: A completed MSc degree is required. Applicants from all countries are eligible.
Information on our research team: http://www.entu.cas.cz/png/cv-novotny-vojtech-lab.html
Location: Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic.
More details on the position: http://www.entu.cas.cz/png/brc-vacancies.htm http://www.entu.cas.cz/png/brc-vacancies.htm

Application process: Send the application including CV, names of three referees, and a cover letter stating your previous work, qualification and motivation by email to Prof. Vojtech Novotny [novotny@entu.cas.cz]. Review of applications will begin on 15th February and will continue until the position has been filled. The position is available from 1st April 2014.

Research fields: ecology, conservation biology, tropical forests, insect-plant interactions

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Doctoral (PhD) Studentship in Tropical Ecology:
Fayle Lab, Biology Centre, the Academy of Sciences & University of South Bohemia, the Czech Republic

The Effects of Forest Fragmentation on Ant-termite Food Webs and Consequences for Soil Properties.

A highly motivated postgraduate student is sought to join a project assessing the way that interactions between soil dwelling ants and termites change, and the consequences of this for soil properties, when tropical rainforest is logged, fragmented and converted into oil palm plantation in Malaysian Borneo. The student will quantify interactions using field collections and experiments linking the soil biota to soil properties and nutrient redistribution rates, environmentally constrained null models of species co-occurrence and molecular identification of gut contents. There will also be opportunities to develop the project in a direction of the student’s own choosing. Duties will include spending extensive periods of time in the field in Malaysian Borneo. The successful applicant will be supervised by Tom Fayle and Vojtech Novotny. The studentship will also provide the opportunity to collaborate with the Stability of Altered Forest Ecosystems project (SAFE), the world’s largest experimental forest fragmentation project.

Funding: Fully funded tuition, research and living expenses
Duration: 4 years
Eligibility: A completed MSc degree is required. Applicants from all countries are eligible.
Information on our research team: http://www.entu.cas.cz/png/cv-novotny-vojtech-lab.html
Location: Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic.
More details on the position: http://www.entu.cas.cz/png/brc-vacancies.htm http://www.entu.cas.cz/png/brc-vacancies.htm

Application process: To apply please send a CV, contact details for three references, and cover letter stating qualifications, previous work and motivation to Tom Fayle (tmfayle@gmail.com mailto:tmfayle@gmail.com). The deadline for applications is February 15th 2013, with a start date of April 1st.

Research fields: ecology, conservation biology, tropical forests, ants

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