12 post-doctoral fellowships are available at Azores, funded by the DRCT–AZORES 2020 in the fields of Marine Sciences (4), Agriculture (4) and Tourism (4), to fit the Azores RIS3, Smart Specialization, in which Biodiversity is a transversal topic .
Paulo A. V Borges is looking for potential candidates to write competitive proposals to answer one or more of the following research questions using arthropods as model organisms:
- What is the impact of human mediated habitat heterogeneity (e.g. agriculture and forestry practices) on Species Abundance Distributions (SADs) of different island biogeographical groups (endemic vs. native vs exotics)? (AGRICULTURE CALL)
- What is the relative importance of deterministic, stochastic, and neutral mechanisms of species coexistence on human modified habitats? (AGRICULTURE CALL)
- Are island compositional assembly rules similar for native vs. human modified habitats? (AGRICULTURE CALL)
- How do functional and phylogenetic diversity of island communities change under disturbance in island systems? (AGRICULTURE and/or TOURISM CALL)
- How can we identify which island taxa are most at risk from touristic activities in small islands, and their risk-associated traits? (TOURISM CALL)
- What is the optimum set of Essential Island Biodiversity Variables for coordinated island monitoring programs in different kinds of habitats (AGRICULTURE and/or TOURISM CALL)
Additional topics of interest that can intersect these questions are “Ecosystems Services (e.g., how to quantify ecosystem services in arthropods in agroecosystems) and “Functional traits in arthropods” related with agroecosystems (e.g. pollinators and fruit production).
Some data is already available from long-term studies in Azores (see ISLANDLAB projects and AZORES BIOPORTAL, but additional data acquisition will be needed to answer the above mentioned questions.
Suitable for candidates of any nationality holding a PhD degree in biology, ecology, environmental sciences or related fields, but candidates with skills in ecological modelling, macroecology, ecological economics or other quantitative areas are strongly encouraged to apply.
The candidate should have a strong quantitative background. Further preferred skills include excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Excellent speaking and written knowledge of English is required.
A proven publication track record is required (at least three-four published papers as first author in IF journals).
Place of work: Azorean Biodiversity Group (cE3c) Lab at Terceira Island (Azores)
Documentation to send to firstname.lastname@example.org:
1) The candidate should send his/her CV highlighting the publications in IF Journals
2) One page explaining how to tackle the questions above using his-/her skills.
Only the two best proposals will be considered to the next stage of writing a joint proposal.
Deadline for receiving Pre-Proposals: 15th October 2016
Decision for preparing a joint proposal: 30th October 2016
Deadline for submitting the Proposal to AZORES 2020 Officers: 12th December 2016