jeudi 19 janvier 2017

Post doc

INSTITUTION: Institute of Nature Conservation in Krakow, Polish Academy of Sciences
POSITION: post-doctoral researcher
KEYWORDS: food webs, trophic interactions, ecosystem services, plant-animal mutualism, seed dispersal, plant population dynamics, movement ecology, Ursus arctos
We  invite  applications for  a post-doc  position within  the  project BearConnect “Functional connectivity and ecological sustainability of European ecological networks- a case study with the brown bear”. This project is a collaboration of European research teams, funded under the BiodivERsA call within the Horizon 2020 ERA-NET COFUND scheme. The project aims at integrating  brown  bear  movement  and  genetic  data  to  evaluate  functional  connectivity in order to assess the effectiveness of the system of protected areas in Europe and to provide policy recommendations. BearConnect also incorporates aspects of population dynamics and species  interactions. A  specific  goal  is  to  understand  the  role  that  brown  bears  have in ecosystems, with a focus on trophic interactions and associated ecosystem services.
We  seek  for  a  highly  motivated  and  creative  post-doc,  with good  communication  skills  in English (oral and written), a strong capacity for work, and ability to think independently. As the post-doc will  be  part  of  an  international  research  team, a cooperative  character and willingness to travel and conduct research stays abroad at the participating research teams are highly  desirable. The  successful  candidate is  expected  to  publish  results  in  scientific journals and present them to both scientific and non-scientific audience. The post-doc will (1) model the dynamics of key trophic interactions of the brown bear in response to future changes  in  climate  and  land  use  and (2) will  quantify the  economic  value  of plant seed dispersal,  a  key  ecosystem  service  provided  by  bears. He/She  will also contribute  to modelling of range dynamics of the brown bear and its food resources in collaboration with other  members  of  the  research  consortium. The  researcher will  also  be  involved  in  cosupervision of a PhD student associated with this project and potential master students as well as in fieldwork. Qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply.
CONTRACT PERIOD: 3 years (starting on 1st March 2017)
-  PhD in biology, ecology or other related disciplines (candidates that will obtain their doctoral degree within four months from the project starting date are also eligible).
-  Experience with food web analysis, species distribution models or analysis of animal movement.
-  Good knowledge of statistical methods and analysis, particularly using R.
-  Good knowledge of GIS programmes (e.g., ARCGIS or QGIS).
-  Very good English skills.
-  Good publication record (a minimum of 3 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals is required)
Full-time contract
85,000 PLN/year (approx. 4,500-5,000 PLN netto per month)
Funds to cover travel and accommodation costs during project meetings, research stays at project partners and scientific conferences.
(1) A letter of interest (maximum 2 pages), detailing the qualifications of the candidate for the position, his/her research experience, and how this position will help to fulfil the personal career goals. The letter should include contact information of the candidate.
(2) Curriculum vitae, including a full publication list and copies of relevant academic certificates.
(3) A copy of the most important publication co-authored by the candidate.
(4) Two letters of reference from academic referees.
(5) A copy of the doctoral degree or of the candidate’s PhD thesis in case the degree will be obtained within four months from the project starting date.
Please include in your application the following statement: “In accordance with the personal data protection act from the 29th of August 1997, I hereby agree to process and to store my personal data by the Institution for recruitment purposes”.
The documents should be sent by email to Nuria Selva ( and Kamil Bartoń ( by 16.02.2017 midnight 23:59 CET with the subject “BearConnect- post-doc application”. The pre-selected candidates will be invited for an interview in English during the second half of February.