Postdoc position in long-term population dynamics

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Postdoc position in long-term population dynamics

Postby jkna » Mon Oct 10, 2016 5:08 am

The Department of Ecology at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences,
Uppsala, Sweden, conducts internationally strong empirical and
theoretical research and education aimed towards sustainable forestry,
agriculture and conservation. Our research on populations, communities and
ecosystems forms the basis for our research on the effects of land use and
climate on animals, plants and soil. We aim at finding solutions that will
contribute to improve greenhouse gas balances, conserve threatened species,
support biodiversity and ecosystem services, sustainable wildlife
management, and pest management in forest and agricultural landscapes, as
well as in urban areas. However, we also work with basic questions
concerning the ecology, evolution and dynamics of populations and especially
from a landscape and land use perspective.

Duties: Our study of long-term population dynamics is concerned with
population persistence in a spatially and temporally varying environment, and
include studies of habitat-specific demography and growth rates; how annual
growth rates and demographic rates are affected by environmental variability
(including climate); density dependence, source-sink dynamics, evolutionary
dynamics of selection patterns and how to use integrated population models
to increase the precision in estimates. These, and other potential topics, will
be explored using data from a long-term study (24 years) of breeding
wheatears SE Uppsala, Sweden. This database includes detailed data on
demography, phenology (arrival time and breeding time) and habitat choice in
an agricultural landscape (with annual data on landuse) SE Uppsala,
Sweden. The postdoc is expected to develop an own research agenda in tight
collaboration with a research group consisting of several researchers with
different skills and expertise in the subject area.

Qualifications: Applicant should hold a doctoral degree or equivalent
scientific qualification. Experience of handling and analysing longterm
population data, population dynamic modelling, statistical modelling and a
good ability to express oneself in written and spoken English will be
considered when assessing the applicant. The main emphasis in the
assessment of applications will be placed on scientific skills. Particular
emphasis is placed on the candidate's experience and expertise in analysing
and modelling longterm population data and the ability to cooperate and to
work independently. As postdoctoral appointments are career-developing
positions for junior researchers, we are primarily looking for candidates with a
doctoral degree that is three years old at most.

Place of work: Uppsala
Form of employment: Temporary emplyment as postdoctor for 2 years.
Extent: 100%
Starting date: By agreement
Application: We welcome your application marked with Ref no. SLU ua

Please submit your application to the Registrar of SLU, P.O. Box 7070,
SE-750 07 Uppsala, Sweden or no later than November 7,

Specific documents attached: Please provide a motivation letter, a short
description of your main research interests regarding this position (including
previous achievements and future plans; maximum 2 pages), CV, and proof
of dissertation.

For further information, contact Tomas Pärt ( or
Debora Arlt (

SLU is an equal opportunity employer.
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