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Postdoctoral researcher position in ecology

Postdoctoral researcher position in ecology

SLU-Uppsala, Sweden

 

We are searching for a postdoctoral researcher to study how biodiversity can provide resilience against global environmental change in agro-ecosystems. Specifically, the project will address how multiple invertebrate predators can contribute to resilient biological pest control under a changing climate and land-use. The successful candidate will enter a strong multi-disciplinary, international research environment addressing topical basic as well as applied ecological research questions. The project includes close collaboration with researchers at SLU, the University of Darmstadt, Germany and Ursinus College, USA.

The Department of Ecology conduct research for sustainable agriculture, forest production and biological conservation. Our basic research on populations, communities and ecosystems forms the foundation for understanding influences of land use and climate on animals, plants and soil nutrient status and greenhouse gas balance. Solutions are sought that will mitigate climate change, preserve threatened species, benefit biological diversity and ecosystem services and control pests in managed agricultural, forested and urban landscapes. Active dissemination, outreach and frequent contacts with stakeholders are key activities. We build on extensive national and international research collaborations to generate cutting-edge research and outreach to further ecology as science and promote sustainable agriculture (see e.g. http://www2.ekol.slu.se/ecoservices and http://www.slu.se/en/Collaborative-Centres-and-Projects/centre-for-biolo...).

Duties:

The postdoctoral researcher is expected to analyse already available data, and perform new experiments to study how the diversity of invertebrate predators contributes to stability of biological control under climate and land-use change. The successful candidate is expected to analyse: 1) the level of redundancy in empirically described aphid-predator food-webs, 2) study how the response diversity of predator communities varies with land-use, and 3) conduct laboratory mesocosm experiments to compare the climate resilience of aphid biological control by predator communities with different response diversity. The successful candidate is expected to take an active part in developing the project and designing experiments, to independently coordinate the empirical work and analyze the collected data, and to write scientific publications in collaboration with the research team. The successful candidate will also assist in the supervision of students, engage in lab activities and communicate with stakeholders.

 

More information to be found here

Location: 
SLU Uppsala, SE
Deadline: 
27/03/2017

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