Postdoctoral fellow and two PhD studentships in Tropical Ecology

 

Postdoctoral researcher to join international team studying tropical plant-insect food webs.

The successful applicant will develop ecological, statistical, molecular and phylogenetic analyses of large data sets on plant-insect food webs. In addition, s/he will be able to develop an independent project, use our excellent field research facilities in Papua New Guinea and collaborate closely with our partners at the University of Minnesota, the Smithsonian Institution and CTFS.  Email your CV, names of three references, and a cover letter stating your previous work, qualification and motivation to Prof. Vojtech Novotny at [log in to unmask]. Review of applications will begin on 15th February and will continue until the position has been filled. See also http://www.entu.cas.cz/png/cv-novotny-vojtech-lab.html

 

Postgraduate student to join international team studying tropical plant-insect food webs.

The successful applicant will have strong background in entomology, botany, community ecology, molecular ecology, phylogenetic analysis and/or biostatistics. He/she will be supervised by Vojtech Novotny and expected to develop a research programme on community ecology of insect-plant interactions, using our excellent field facilities in Papua New Guinea, in collaboration with our partners at the University of Minnesota, the Smithsonian Institution and the Center for Tropical Forest Science. The length of study is 4 years. The application including CV, names of three referees, and a cover letter stating your previous work, qualification and motivation should be emailed to Prof. Vojtech Novotny [[log in to unmask]]. Review of applications will begin on 15th February and will continue until the position has been filled. The position is available from 1st April 2014. See also http://www.entu.cas.cz/png/cv-novotny-vojtech-lab.html

 

PhD Studentship to work on The Effects of Forest Fragmentation on Ant-termite Food Webs and Consequences for Soil Properties.

Join a project assessing the way that interactions between soil dwelling ants and termites change, and the consequences of this for soil properties, when tropical rainforest is logged, fragmented and converted into oil palm plantation in Malaysian Borneo. The student will quantify interactions using field collections and experiments linking the soil biota to soil properties and nutrient redistribution rates, environmentally constrained null models of species co-occurrence and molecular identification of gut contents. There will also be opportunities to develop the project in a direction of the student’s own choosing. Duties will include spending extensive periods of time in the field in Malaysian Borneo. The successful applicant will join the Laboratory for Tropical Ecology at the Institute of Entomology, Biology Centre Academy of Sciences, Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic, under the supervision of Tom Fayle and Vojtech Novotny. To apply please send a CV, contact details for three references, and cover letter stating qualifications, previous work and motivation to Tom Fayle ([log in to unmask]).