Lund University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biology.
Lund University was founded in 1666 and is regularly ranked as one of the world’s top 100 higher education institutions. The University has 41 000 students and 7 500 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.
Post doctor in fish ecology
We offer a post doc position in Aquatic Ecology within the project ”Environmental effects on piscivore recruitment”, funded by FORMAS. The project will focus on how environmental drivers associated with climate change (temperature and eutrophication) affect the recruitment success of two of our most important freshwater piscivorous fish (pike and pikeperch). The success or failure of the juvenile stage is dependent on individual growth rates, which in turn is controlled by temperature and food availability. A temperature increase is predicted to affect growth rate both directly (metabolic rates) and through changes in food availability (mismatch of resources), whereas eutrophication will affect prey encounter rates through detoriation of the optical properties of water. Fish has a central role in the dynamics of lake ecosystems and changes in recruitment processes may thus affect structure and function of the whole ecosystem. Proposed research involves laboratory experiments on fish foraging rates under different environmental conditions, as well as mesocosm experiments and modeling.
You will join an exciting research group that work with the impact of predation in freshwater systems on different organisational levels, from individual behaviour to effects on ecosystem structure and dynamics. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to be involved also in other group projects, including bird-fish interactions and seasonal migration of fish, but the main responsibility will be within the piscivore recruitment project. The candidate is expected to conduct high quality research and to disseminate results in international scientific publications. There will be a possibility to supervise mastersstudents within the project.
We are searching for a PhD in ecology, limnology or fisheries biology with a research strong background in freshwater systems in general and specifically on the behaviour and ecology of freshwater fish. Candidates for the position should be creative, independent and highly motivated and should have worked with experimental studies on fish behaviour/ecology at different spatial and temporal scales. Experience of modeling of consumer-resource interactions is an added merit. Excellent oral and written communication skills in English is required and candidates should have a strong record of publishing in peer-reviewed scientific journals and presenting results at international meetings. A driving licence is required. The position is a full-time employment for two years.
To be eligible for the position you should have successfully completed a PhD degree no more than three years before the last date of application, unless special circumstances exists. The main criteria for evaluation of candidates is scientific skills and the potential to contribute to the research profile of the group. The application should include a copy of your exam certificates (undergraduate and graduate studies), a CV with publication list, a personal cover letter including why you are interested in this position and how you can contribute to the research group (max two pages) and names and contact details of three reference persons.
For more information contact prof. Christer Brönmark or visit our webpage http://www.biology.lu.se/research/research-groups/aquatic-ecology
|Type of employment||Temporary position longer than 6 months|
|Contract type||Full time|
|First day of employment||According to agreement for two years|
|Number of positions||1|
|Last application date||16.Apr.2017 11:59 PM CET|