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2-yr postdoc on "Evolution of functional diversity in mammals" 877681

Title: Evolution of functional diversity in mammals

Research Area and Project Description: This postdoc project is part of a project “Megafauna ecosystem ecology from the deep prehistory to a human-dominated future” (MegaPast2Future: http://projects.au.dk/mega/), funded by the Carlsberg Foundation. This postdoc will focus on understanding of evolutionary dynamics in functional diversity in mammals, with a focus on large-bodied species (megafauna), based on phylogenetic analyses of functional traits and functional diversity. The project will include both large analyses across the whole mammal group as well as analyses of smaller clades of special interest. Paleobiological information (extinct species and their traits) will be integrated where possible. The postdoc is expected to lead at least 2 papers per year in this research area, contribute to the project’s public outreach and teaching (e.g., co-organizing and co-teaching an annual international PhD course in megafauna ecosystem ecology), as well as collaborate with other team members, including students, sharing skills, helping solving problems in her/his area of expertise and more generally contributing ideas and concepts to the project.

Qualifications and Specific Competences: Applicants to the postdoc positions must have PhD degree in evolutionary biology, ecology or paleobiology (or equivalent) or have submitted their PhD thesis for assessment before the application deadline. To be recruited for this position solid experience in phylogenetic analyses of large macroevolutionary data sets is expected. Experience with mammals, macroecology or paleobiology is an advantage. The successful candidate should have strong collaborative skills, proven abilities to publish at a high international level, and good skills in English. International applicants who do not have English as their first language must prove strong English language writing skills.

Supervisors and collaborators: Project PI prof. Jens-Christian Svenning will be the main supervisor. The postdoc will join a team working on the long-term build-up of megafauna functional complexity, also including prof. Svenning and a postdoc and a PhD student at Aarhus University, as well as international collaborators and other team members from other parts of the MegaPast2Future project (see project webside). The project will support research visits to the collaborators’ labs.

Place of Employment and Work: The place of employment and work is Section of Ecoinformatics & Biodiversity (ECOINF), Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University, Ny Munkegade 114, DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark. ECOINF is an ambitious, collaborative and highly international research community. Postdocs and PhD students are encouraged to collaborate within the group, across departments and with other universities. More information about the people and research activities of the group can be found at http://bit.ly/ecoinfAU.

Application dead-line: March 1st 2017. Starting date: August 1st 2017, but negotiable.

Contacts: Applicants seeking further information are invited to contact: Professor Jens-Christian Svenning, phone +45 28992304, e-mail: svenning@bios.au.dk.

There is funding for 2 years of employment. In case further external funding is procured within the  academic area  the candidate is estimated qualified for, an extension can be possible for up to a maximum of 4 years employment.
Application procedure Short-listing is used. This means that after the deadline for applications and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the appointment committee if necessary, the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. All applicants will be notified whether or not their applications have been sent to an expert assessment committee for evaluation. The selected applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee, and each applicant is given the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that concerns him/her self. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants, including the main considerations emphasized during the selection process. Formalities and salary range Science and Technology refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation. The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here. Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities. (in Danish). Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations. All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background.
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