We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher in quantitative evolutionary ecology to fill a three-year position available at the Centre for Biodiversity Dynamics, Department of Biology, NTNU (Trondheim, Norway).
Application deadline: 13.12.2021.
See description below. For further details and for applying, go to: https://www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/215433/postdoctoral-research-fellow-in-quantitative-evolutionary-ecology
The Centre for Biodiversity Dynamics (CBD) is a leading cross-disciplinary Centre of Excellence, with primary interests in population ecology, evolutionary biology and community dynamics. CBD works at the interface between biology and mathematical sciences and strives to apply cutting-edge theoretical and statistical frameworks to field data to resolve key questions in the contexts of both fundamental and applied science. Further information is available at http://www.ntnu.edu/cbd
This postdoctoral position represents an exciting opportunity to help lead advances at the interface of evolutionary quantitative genetics and statistical and movement ecology.
Wild populations experiencing locally deteriorating environmental conditions can in principle persist through phenotypic plasticity or micro-evolution, or by moving elsewhere. While these three mechanisms have each received considerable attention, we still know little about how they can act in combination, for example through micro-evolution of the degree of plasticity in seasonal movement.
The primary aims for the postdoctoral position are to apply advanced quantitative genetic analyses to a multi-year dataset from a wild bird population to estimate forms of plasticity and genetic variation in the occurrence of seasonal migration versus residence, specifically focusing on early life (i.e. pre-recruitment years). Achieving these objectives will require linking quantitative genetic animal model analyses with capture-mark-recapture analyses.
The post will suit a quantitative ecologist, evolutionary biologist or ecological statistician with interest in applying advanced statistical methods to quantify patterns, causes and consequences of phenotypic variation arising in wild populations. There will be scope for the post holder to innovate and develop particular aspects of the work programme.
The post is part of a research project funded by the Research Council of Norway (RCN). It is a three-year temporary position, which will advance the post holder’s qualifications to work in senior academic positions.
The post holder will work with Professor Jane Reid and Dr Paul Acker at CBD, NTNU, with further support from statistician Associate Professor Stefanie Muff. This team can provide further training and support in the required analyses. The post holder will also work closely with a PhD student and three further postdoctoral researchers at CBD, and with the research team of Dr Francis Daunt, CEH, UK, utilizing the available field dataset on European shags in Scotland. The primary working language will be English.