Tuesday, November 22, 2011

PostDoc-Position - University of Azores

Project - Biodiversity on oceanic islands: towards a unified theory” (2012-2015. (PTDC/BIA-BIC/119255/2010)

Creative and motivated candidates are invited to apply for a three-year Postdoctoral Scientist position, at the Azorean Biodiversity Group, University of Azores for participation in a collaborative project supervised by Paulo A. V. Borges and Kostas Triantis (University of Azores), in collaboration with Luis António Borda Água (CBA- University of Lisbon), Aris Parmakelis (University of Athens) and Robert Whittaker (Biodiversity Research Group, Oxford University Centre for the Environment).

This project aims at developing conceptual models mathematically describing the dynamics of diversity on oceanic islands. The main objective of the project is a unifying theory of island biodiversity, based on the recently proposed General dynamic model of oceanic island biogeography (Whittaker et al., 2008), which will require: a) the development of analytically tractable mathematical models, b) the analysis of extensive empirical (molecular and biogeographical) data to assess the validity of the models, and c) taking into account that biodiversity itself is multi-faceted, and thus biodiversity theories should incorporate multiple diversity metrics.

Candidates should hold a Ph.D. in a pertinent field. Previous post-doctoral experience is not mandatory but will be considered a plus. The ideal candidate would have excellent skills in ecological mathematics, handling of large data sets, stochastic/mechanistic and/or prognostic modelling and experience of combining molecular and ecological data.

Salary will be 1495€/month.

Please send a CV, a brief statement of research interests, and the names and contact information for two references to Paulo Borges, pborges@uac.pt and Kostas Triantis (island.biogeography@gmail.com).

Review of applications will begin on March 1 2012 and will continue until the position is filled. The project is expected to begin in August 2012.

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