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PhD Research Fellow in alpine macroecology and global change biogeography related to paleoreconstructions and connectivity modelling

PhD Research Fellow in alpine macroecology and global change biogeography related to paleoreconstructions and connectivity modelling

Bergen, Norway
PhD Research Fellow in alpine macroecology and global change biogeography related to paleoreconstructions and connectivity modelling

There is a vacancy for a PhD Research Fellow within the Ecological and Environmental Change Research Group at the Department of Biological Sciences. The position is for a fixed-term period of 3 years with the possibility of a 4th year with compulsory other work (e.g. teaching duties at the Department). The position is associated with Trond Mohn Stiftelse and UiB funded project called Past, Present, and Future of Alpine Biomes Worldwide (PPF-Alpine).

Tentative starting date is January 1 st 2023.

Interviews will be held in the beginning of October.
Alpine biomes are present on all continents and at all latitudes worldwide. They comprise biodiversity hotpots, fulfil a crucial role in hydrological and climate regulation, and provide vital support for the livelihoods and wellbeing of billions of people. Importantly, alpine biomes and their diversity are characterized by a dynamic past. Indeed, during the Quaternary glacial-interglacial cycles, they underwent multiple expansion-contraction pulses, which resulted in recurrent episodes of connection and fragmentation that likely shaped present-day biodiversity and mountain hotspot patterns. The main aim of PPF-Alpine is to decipher the role of Quaternary climate dynamics in driving present-day alpine biodiversity based on the notion that their dynamic past may hold key insights for their future resilience. The cross-disciplinary team of PPF-Alpine will do so by integrating expertise, tools, and data from glaciology, glacial geomorphology, paleoecology, biogeography, macroecology, and landscape modelling.

The candidate will develop innovative models of the spatial distribution of global alpine biomes during the late Quaternary, and estimate landscape connectivity and isolation dynamics through time for mountains worldwide. A key task is to find ways to reconstruct the dynamic elevational fluctuations of alpine biomes as a result of climate change by integrating information from paleoecological and paleoclimatic data, and paleoglacier reconstructions. The development of an R package to model and automate spatio-temporal connectivity dynamics of systems with insular character may become part of the position, depending on the candidate’s interests and skills. The candidate’s outcomes are aimed to provide key insights into the alpine biome’s resilience to future climate change effects in mountains and the identification of priority regions for conservation. Working with PPF-Alpine’s team members on different science outreach products to divulgate the overall project’s outcomes will be part of the candidate’s tasks.
Applicants must hold a master’s degree or equivalent education in biology, ecology, geography, or similar discipline. Master students can apply provided they complete their final master exam before 15.10.2022. It is a condition of employment that the master's degree has been awarded.
Applicants must be proficient in both written and oral English
Strong interest in biogeography, landscape modelling and global change biology in mountains is a requirement
Applicants must have strong programming skills, while experience working with geographical information systems (GIS) should be highlighted
Applicants must have good communicative skills, enjoy teamwork, and be open for outreach activities and presentations over the course of the project.
One or more of the following qualifications will be an advantage:

Motivation and some experience in conducting integrative analyses that combine data and approaches from different disciplines, such as paleoecology, biogeography and movement ecology
Willingness to combine field-based and modelling approaches to reconstruct past mountain ecosystems
Experience from relevant research projects related to landscape connectivity models and/or paleoecological reconstructions of ecosystems.
Background knowledge of Quaternary paleoclimate
Applicants must enjoy working in a cross-disciplinary team and specifically at the interface between alpine ecology, paleoecology, and spatial analysis. Team and project meetings will often consist of researchers with different expertise and backgrounds, alongside expert-focused meetings, and such environment must appeal to you.

Your application must include:

- a brief account of the applicant's research interests and motivation for applying for the position. (Why do you want to do a PhD? Why this one? Why in this group?)
- the names and contact information for two referees. One of these should be the main advisor for the master's thesis or equivalent thesis
- CV
- transcripts and diplomas showing completion of the bachelor's and master's degrees. If you have not yet completed your master's degree, please submit a statement from your institution confirming the expected date of award of your master's degree. Your master's degree must be documented with transcripts and/or diploma, alternatively a confirmation from your institution on completed degree and your grade, by 15.10.2022
- relevant certificates/references
- approved documentation of proficiency in English (if required, cf. English language requirements for PhD admission)
- a list of any works of a scientific nature
- any publications in your name

The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at JobbNorge.

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Further information
For any questions or informal queries, please contact Dr. Suzette Flantua, Dept. of Biological Sciences,
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