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Paleoecology

PhD Research Fellow in alpine macroecology and global change biogeography related to biodiversity

Bergen, Norway
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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 1st 2023.

Interviews will be held in the beginning of October.
Description
Alpine biomes are present on all continents and at all latitudes worldwide. They comprise biodiversity hotpots, fulfill 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.
Tasks
The candidate will conduct analyses on observed biodiversity in alpine biomes across different scales, taxonomic groups, and biodiversity metrics. A key task is the collection, harmonization, and assessment of large biodiversity datasets from different sources, and the integration of data from different biological, climatical, and geological fields obtained from mountains worldwide. The candidate will analyse the legacy effect of potential drivers of present-day alpine biodiversity, associated to Quaternary climate fluctuations, and biogeographical and geological processes. 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 your tasks.
Requirements
- Applicants must hold a master’s degree or equivalent education in biology, ecology, biogeography, 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, macroecology and global change biology in mountains is required
- Applicants must have strong programming and statistical skills, and be able to handle large ecological datasets in R

One or more of the following qualifications will be an advantage:
- Motivation and some experience in conducting integrative analyses that combine data and methods from different disciplines, such as macroecology, geology, paleoecology, and landscape ecology
- Experience from relevant research projects related to handling and harmonizing taxonomic and phylogenetic species lists will be considered as positive and favoured
- Applicant must have good communicative skills, enjoy team-work, and be open for outreach activities and presentations over the course of the project.
- Applicant should enjoy working in a cross-disciplinary team and specifically at the interface between biological and geological systems across different time scales of the Quaternary. 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.

Please note that applicants rarely fulfil all qualifications considered an advantage so please apply as we value personal and relational qualities, and highly motivated candidates.
Applications
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.

To apply visit: https://www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/228950/phd-research-fellow-in-alpine-macroecology-and-global-change-biogeography-related-to-biodiversity
Application deadline
Further information
For any questions or informal queries, please contact Dr. Suzette Flantua, Dept. of Biological Sciences, suzette.flantua@uib.no.
Contact email
suzette.flantua@uib.no

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

Bergen, Norway
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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.
Description
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.

Tasks
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.
Requirements
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.

Applications
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.

To apply visit: https://www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/229013/phd-research-fellow-in-alpine-macroecology-and-global-change-biogeography-related-to-paleoreconstructions-and-connectivity-modelling
Application deadline
Further information
For any questions or informal queries, please contact Dr. Suzette Flantua, Dept. of Biological Sciences, suzette.flantua@uib.no.
Contact email
suzette.flantua@uib.no

Two postdoc positions in Canada (open to start immediately)

Montréal, Canada
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Looking for highly motivated individuals to fill two postdoc positions (Université de Montréal [UdeM]). Working as part of a larger team including university, government scientists and Indigenous partners, the three individuals will work on different aspects of a recently funded project aiming to shed light on how tall shrub encroachment affects tundra vegetation composition, structure and diversity, and associated surface-atmosphere interactions across scales.
Description
Funded through the Institute for Data Valorisation (IVADO) and ArcticNet, the two-year positions are primarily based in Montréal, Québec with regular research visits to Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU) in Waterloo, ON and Trail Valley Creek (TVC) near Inuvik, NT:
https://www.wlu.ca/academics/research/partnerships/gnwt/research-sites/trail-valley-creek.html
Montréal is home to several research-intensive universities and research clusters, including a vibrant artificial intelligence community centered on Mila - Quebec AI Institute. Collectively, these world-renowned institutions provide ample career development and collaboration opportunities.
Tasks
Postdoc_1: Land surface-atmosphere interactions. Based at UdeM, postdoc_1 will process, analyze and upscale flux measurements collected at the TVC Research Station. The “nested”. Arctic flux set-up includes three eddy covariance towers and an automated chamber system: a 20-m
landscape tower > two 5-m ecosystem towers > 18 automated chambers (see some footage here:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/q7pmdw8s83gh0lq/AADUm4MYyP2lIhVFYFL5M7CEa?dl=0)

Postdoc_2: High-resolution image classification. Based at UdeM and WLU, postdoc_2 will collect ultra-high resolution unmanned-aerial vehicle imagery over the terrestrial-aquatic Artic landscape to identify and measure individual plants and map plant communities and land cover
using deep learning methods.
Requirements
1) a strong quantitative background obtained through a PhD in ecology, environmental
science, computer science, Earth system science, etc.,
2) in at least some aspects of the project (e.g., micrometeorology, deep learning, image
classification),
3) the ability to work independently and effectively as part of a team setting consisting of
university, government, and Indigenous researchers, and
4) excellent written and oral communication skills in English, and
5) a track record of timely completion of projects and publications.
Applications
Please email questions regarding the positions and application packages consisting of cover letter, curriculum vitae, an English writing sample (ideally a publication), copies of academic credentials, and names and contact information of at least two referees to:

oliver.sonnentag *at* umontreal.ca (postdoc_1)
jbaltzer *at* wlu.ca (postdoc_2)
etienne.laliberte *at* umontreal.ca (postdoc_2)

The review of applications will commence immediately until the positions are filled.
Application deadline
Contact email
Oliver.sonnentag@umontreal.ca