Post-Doc position in Eco-Evolutionary Dynamics Modelling of Harmful Cyanobacteria Blooms

The goal of the project is to understand the ecological and evolutionary mechanisms trigger-ing harmful cyanobacterial blooms (cyanoHABs) in lake ecosystems, and develop predictive models. We will develop conceptual and theoretical models describing the eco-evolutionary dynamics of cyanobacteria. The developed models will be at the crossing of evolutionary game theory, coexistence theory, and biodiversity ecosystem-functioning theory. Ultimately, we aim at gaining understanding and forecasting ability of cyanoHABs.

The selected PostDoc will participate in a collaborative, cross-disciplinary project involving four groups in ecology, microbiology, environmental chemistry, and dynamical systems theory, to study the temporal and biological processes leading to the emergence of cyanoHABs. The project aims to understand the ecological and evolutionary mechanisms triggering cyanoHABs in lake ecosystems and develop predictive models. The PostDoc will be responsible for developing an integrative mechanistic model describing the eco-evolutionary feedback loop of cya-nobacteria dynamics.

The duration of the PostDoc position is of 2 years with opportunity for renewal for 2 more years.

The PostDoc will be based in the group of Theoretical Ecology & Evolution at the University of Fribourg, supervised by Rudolf Rohr. The project is funded in collaboration with the groups of Elisabeth Janssen, David Johnson, and Francesco Pomati (EAWAG). A total of three PhD stu-dents, two Research Assistants and one Postdoc will be hired together as a cluster for this pro-ject. The PostDoc candidate will benefit from close collaboration with the whole project team, including the PIs’ groups and external collaborators. The international and cross-disciplinary nature of this synergistic project will be ideal for promoting skill acquisition, independent thinking and future scientific career development.

We are looking for a highly motivated person with strong interests in theoretical ecology & evolution. The successful candidate is expected to hold a PhD degree and have experience in theoretical ecological & evolution. The candidate must have experience with at least one of the following fields: evolutionary game theory (e.g., adaptive dynamic or quantitative genetics), coexistence theory, or biodiversity ecosystem-functioning theory and, more importantly, the willingness to learn and expand skills into the other fields. Other desired skills include experience with mathematics, computer programming (e.g., R and/or Matlab), familiarity with phyto-plankton and lake ecosystems, demonstrated skills in scientific communication (including paper writing). Fluency in English is required.

The review process of candidates will start on August 23rd; therefore, submission is encouraged by August 22. Applications should include: 1) a cover letter with a concise statement about your previous research, your vision for the future and your motivation to work on this project (2 pages maximum); 2) a curriculum vitae including the list of publications; 3) copies of your academic qualifications; and 4) names and contact information of 2-3 academic references (please do not include letters with the application). Your application should be sent as a single .pdf file to Dr Rudolf P. Rohr at The preferred start date will be late 2021 / early 2022.

For any information, please contact Dr Rudolf P. Rohr, Email

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