2016_02: PhD student position in biology/limnology with focus on climate change effects in fish communities

Uppsala University is an international research university focused on the development of science and education. Our most important assets are all the individuals who with their curiosity and their dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting work places. Uppsala University has 40,000 students, 7,000 employees and a turnover of SEK 6,5 billion.

Starting date:The position is available immediately

Description of the subject area:The recognition of climate change effects on size-structured organisms suggests that we should expect large future effects on the structure and function of freshwater communities. In particular, large-sized organisms are predicted to suffer from metabolic constraints with potential effects on food web dynamics. Fluxes of nutrients and organisms across ecosystem boundaries are also predicted to increase with large expected effects on aquatic systems. The aim of this project is to evaluate functional changes in fish communities that are expected from climate change. The PhD student will work in an international team to test climate change effects along a latitudinal gradient across Europe. Several approaches will be used such as aquarium experiments, field studies and the development of a population dynamic model in relation to different climate change scenarios. The student will work at the limnology programmehttp://www.ieg.uu.se/limnology/research/.

Eligibility:To be eligible for a PhD-student position, the applicant must hold a University degree in natural sciences or equivalent, with a focus on ecology, limnology, community ecology or other relevant subjects. Earlier experience in one or more of the following fields is expected and will be considered as a merit: community and ecosystem ecology, experimental work with fish and multivariate statistics. The applicant should be familiar with general theory and models of population and community ecology. Strong motivation, flexibility, and capacity to independent work are important qualities. The applicant must be proficient in spoken and written English. In filling this position the university aims to recruit the person who, in the combined evaluation of competence, skills and documented qualifications, is judged most suitable to carry out and develop the work-in-hand and to contribute to a positive development of the department.

Position:The postgraduate training comprises four years of full time studies. The position can be combined with up to 20 % of assistantship (e.g. teaching), which will then prolong the position accordingly. More information about postgraduate studies at Uppsala University is available athttp://www.teknat.uu.se/education/postgraduate/. Rules governing Ph.D. candidates are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 5, §§ 1-7 and in Uppsala university’s rules and guidelineshttp://regler.uu.se/.

How to apply:The application should be written in English and should include a short description of the applicant and his/her research interests. It should also include a CV, copies of relevant examination certificates, a copy of the undergraduate thesis (or a draft thereof), contact information (name, phone, email) for at least two reference persons as well as other relevant documents.

Uppsala University is striving to attain a more balanced gender distribution. Since most employees in this category are women, men are especially invited to apply for this position.

Salary:According to local agreements

More informationabout the position can be obtained from Professor Peter Eklöv, tel.  +46 18 471 2720, e-mail peter.eklov@ebc.uu.se

You are welcome to submit your application no later than March 18, 2016, UFV-PA 2016/432. Use the link below to access the full announcement and application form.