Open postdoc position: Quantifying human impacts on freshwater ecosystems

One postdoctoral position focusing on examining the consequences of human impacts on freshwater ecosystems is available in the group of David Boukal at the Faculty of Science, University of South Bohemia, Ceske Budejovice (Czech Republic).

The position is defined broadly and can be tailored to individual interests, including but not limited to the effects of climate change, habitat alteration and eutrophication on individuals, populations and communities. Our ongoing experimental and theoretical work focuses mainly on size-, stage- and trait-based approaches to life histories, species interactions, population dynamics and community assembly in aquatic ecosystems. We primarily use freshwater insects and other invertebrates in small standing waters as a model system (see projects for details and publications for examples of our recent work).

Basic qualifications are a PhD in ecology, entomology, applied mathematics or a related field and a strong interest in quantitative ecology. The ideal candidate would have a background in aquatic invertebrates, laboratory experiments, studies of community dynamics and experience with mathematical modelling. Applicants with only a subset of these skills are encouraged to apply. Candidates interested in both experimental and theoretical work are particularly welcome to apply. Fluency in English is required.

Start date (as early as July 2016) is negotiable. The position is available until the end of 2017 and may be further extended based on the postdoc's performance and funding opportunities. It will be funded through the newly launched Sowa (Soil and Water) National Research Infrastructure project, and the salary is highly competitive in local standards.

Ceske Budejovice is a medium-sized town ca. 150 km south of Prague with 100,000 inhabitants, a relaxed atmosphere, and a growing community of foreign scientists at the University and the Biology Centre. Three faculties and five research institutes dealing with aquatic and terrestrial biota are located on the same campus, allowing easy access to other researchers and resources. Both the town and the surrounding countryside provide numerous opportunities for research and leisure activities. Living costs are low by international standards. Czech courses are available for foreign staff to reach a basic level of proficiency in everyday situations.

To apply, please send a CV including the list of publications, research statement and two recommendation letters to dboukal(AT)prf.jcu.cz or boukal(AT)entu.cas.cz until 10 June 2016. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed in the second half of June and final decision made immediately afterwards.