A Post-Doctoral Research fellowship is now open for applications at ICETA (CIBIO-InBIO) - Reference ICETA 2017-10 in the context of the Project “All Heaven in a Rage: International bird trade as a driver of biological invasions in Europe” HEAVEN IN A RAGE: INTERNATIONAL BIRD TRADE AS A DRIVER OF BIOLOGICAL INVASIONS IN EUROPE” (PTDC/AAG– GLO/0463/2014 e POCI-01 – 0145-FEDER-016583) granted by national funds by FCT/MCTES (PIDDAC) and co-funded by FEDER funds through the Operational Programme for Competitiveness Factors (POFC)- COMPETE.
Biological invasions are one of the greatest global changes now underway. Human translocation of species, either intentional or not, is mixing the world’s biota and while the majority of transported species fails to establish in the new areas, some eventually become invasive. Invasive species are now a main cause of important declines in biological diversity, of economic and productivity losses in human enterprises and of large-scale changes in the spatial distribution of human and animal diseases. The current number of known invasive species worldwide already reaches the tens of thousands and the increase of this number is strongly associated with the increase in the extent and volume of trade and transport. Consequently, as globalization ensues, it is expected that the number of invasive species and the magnitude of their impacts becomes even higher.
The postdoc will be associated with Luís Reino in the Applied Population and Community Ecology Laboratory in Lisbon led by Prof. Pedro Beja, which will co-supervise the work. The successful candidate will also be actively involved with the CIBIO-partners at the University of Évora in the group led by Prof. Miguel B. Araújo, particularly the other candidate that will be contracted under this project. This project also involves collaboration with a cohort of international scientists including Riccardo Scalera (IUCN), Daniel Sol (CSIC), David Richardson (Stellenbosch University), Diederik Strubbe (University of Copenhagen), Jose Tella (Estación Biológica de Doñana– CSIC), Martina Carrete (University Pablo de Olavide), Jonathan Jeschke (Berlin-Brandenburg Institute of Advanced Biodiversity Research), among others.
Required background and skills:
Two alternative profiles are suitable for this post:
Profile 1 – PhD in Mathematics or Physics. Solid skills in applied modelling of network-related dynamics. Good programming skills are a must. Strong motivation for working in ecological problems is highly appreciated.
Profile 2 - PhD in Biology, Ecology and related fields. Solid background in dispersal ecology with proven experience in environmental modelling, numerical analysis of ecological data and macroecology. Good programming skills are a must. Proven knowledge of network dynamics is highly appreciated.
Language: English as a first or second language is required.
Publication record: Candidates are expected to have a good publication record in internationally refereed journals.
The application must include a cover letter (in English) explaining why you think you are an adequate candidate for the post, a short CV (up to 5 pages), copy of the academic degree certificate, external links to five of your most relevant papers, and the names and contacts of two academics that can provide a reference for you.
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