PhD Position in Understanding Population and Community Responses to Climate Extremes
University of Bern Institute of Ecology and Evolution
Switzerland

Two PhD positions in Understanding Population and Community Responses to Climate Extremes

Increasing frequency and magnitude of climate extremes, such as heat waves and extreme droughts have put our ecosystems under severe stress. Yet, we still know little about how population and communities in ecosystems respond and recover during and after such climate extremes. The Terrestrial Ecology Lab at the University of Bern aims to investigate response and recovery of populations and communities of terrestrial ecosystems by studying microorganisms, invertebrates and plants.

Currently, we are looking to hire two PhD candidates to develop and work with experiments to understand population and community level responses to climate extremes. Both PhD projects will involve experimental manipulation of climate extremes (e.g. heat waves and extreme drought) and study the response and recovery of organisms. One PhD will focus on several species of Collembola (Project: Collembola) and the other PhD will work with grassland plant species (Project: Plant). Both PhDs will work in close collaboration and participate in each other's experiments.
 
If you are interested in studying small invertebrate animals, have a strong motivation for conducting experiments, recently obtained your MSc degree, have some experience with microscopy work (experience with soil animals is a plus!) and have some experience with statistical analyses, please apply to Project Collembola. You should also have excellent communication skills in English and should be willing to work in collaborative environments.
 
If you are interested in studying grassland plants, have a strong motivation for conducting experiments, recently obtained your MSc degree, have some experience with plant identification (Experience with Swiss plants is a plus), have some experience with statistical analyses, please apply to Project Plant. You should also have excellent communication skills in English and should be willing to work in collaborative environments.
 
Please send your applications with a motivation letter (please limit it to 500 words explaining why you fit for the job), a pdf of your MSc thesis, and your CV including the details of at least two referees. In your motivation letter, please specify which PhD project you are applying for (Project Collembola or Project Plant). The PhD duration is 3 years.

If you have any specific question(s) about the projects, please email: madhav.thakur@iee.unibe.ch. Please send your full application (preferably as one pdf) to the same email address no later than the 15th of June 2020. The preferred starting date is October 2020. Salary as per the SNSF scale.


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