Ecology Postdoc

The Department of Aquatic Sciences and Assessment of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala is seeking a post-doctoral scholar to work on the European BiodivERsA project “CROSSLINK: Understanding cross-habitat linkages between blue and green infrastructure to optimize management of biodiversity, ecosystem services and multiple human uses.” Streams and their associated riparian habitats support life by supplying freshwater, and underpin landscape integrity, e.g. by transporting nutrients. However, stream-riparian networks are also subject to many pressures, e.g. from agriculture, hydropower, and urbanization, which affect network connectivity, both longitudinally (e.g. dams etc.) and laterally with the riparian zone, threatening unique habitats, biodiversity, and ecosystem services. CROSSLINK is a collaborative project involving ecologists and data modelers from five European nations, focused on how connectivity in riparian-stream networks regulates local scale biodiversity and ecosystem functioning.

Duties: The successful candidate is expected to play a leading role in the design and execution of comprehensive field-based investigations into how network position, land use, buffer strips and network connectivity affect biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in linked riparian-stream habitats. Depending on the skills of the successful candidate, the project may also involve significant components of Geographic Information Systems analysis, and/or hydrological modeling. The position is based at the Department of Aquatic Sciences and Assessment in Uppsala, but the post-doc will also have the opportunity to interact with staff from the Department of Ecology, as well as the other international partners involved in the project.

Qualifications: The successful candidate will have a PhD not older than 3 years in ecology or equivalent, with a focus on freshwaters and/or soil ecology. A current drivers license is essential. Advanced skills in statistical analysis using the software “R” are highly desirable, as is evidence of scientific publication in English. A working knowledge of Geographic Information Systems would be considered highly meritorious. Additional skills which are advantageous but not essential include: (i) previous experience working with stable isotopes, polyunsaturated fatty acids and/or approaches to quantifying ecosystem functioning in stream or terrestrial environments; (ii) previous experience in conducting terrestrial vegetation surveys (iii) knowledge of the taxonomy and ecology of aquatic and/or terrestrial invertebrates, or aquatic diatoms. Applicants will be evaluated on their scientific potential and achievements, motivation for the proposed research, and attributes for working in a team on a large project.

Form of employment: Temporary employment (100%) as postdoctor for 2 years, with possible extension one year.

Starting date: By agreement, but preferably no later than Febr 28th 2017

Application: We welcome your application marked with Ref no. SLU ua 4087/2016.

Please submit your application to the Registrar of SLU, P.O. Box 7070, SE-750 07 Uppsala, Sweden or no later than November 14, 2016. Specific documents attached: 1) CV with publications list, 2) transcript of PhD-exam, 3) a description of earlier research and scientific interests, as well as 4) names and contact information for two reference persons.

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