The Research Group of Environmental and Applied Botany at the University of Genoa, School of Maths, Physics and Natural Sciences, Dept. of Earth, Environment and Life Sciences, Genoa, is recruiting a postdoctoral Research Assistant (m/f/d) to work in the EU-funded research project ECOLOPES, limited to 12 months (100%, approx. 40 h/week, net salary approx. 1600 euro/month).
ECOLOPES (www.ecolopes.eu) is a HORIZON 2020-FET OPEN funded research project proposing a radical change for city development: instead of minimizing the negative impact of urbanisation on nature, we aim at urbanisation to be planned and designed such that nature – including humans – can co-evolve within the city. We envisage a radically new integrated ecosystem approach to architecture that focuses equally on humans, plants, animals, and associated organisms such as microbiota. ECOLOPES will provide the technology that will help to achieve this vision.
The advertised position will be critical in implementing the modelling of population dynamics and resource requirements of plants into the computational architectural tools developed in ECOLOPES.
The post-doc will adapt and parameterize the model FATE-HD, that simulates plant functional groups dynamics based on abiotic filtering, competition for light, and dispersal, etc.
Plant traits, related to resource and abiotic requirements (e.g., N-fixation), life-cycle strategies, and human acceptance (e.g., appearance) will be integrated at the plant functional group (PFG) level. PFG dynamics will be spatially and temporally modelled as a function of soil, architecture, abiotic conditions, animals, and human management (e.g., mowing, weeding) using the FATE-HD model.
Specific tasks to be developed:
• Design relevant Functional Groups for ECOLOPES from the global floras
• Parameterization of FATE-HD to ECOLOPES Functional Groups (e.g., relations with abiotic constraints, response to disturbances, and simplified demography and dispersal)
• Integration of the regional and local scales dynamics
• Running of simulations and adapt or develop post-treatment scripts.
• Validation of the temporal dynamics using observations
Titles and skills
• University degree (M.Sc.) and Ph.D. in ecology, biology, environmental sciences, or a comparable field of study
• Experience in modelling of population dynamics
• Excellent knowledge of R
• Experience in quantitative ecology
• Experience in modelling plant population dynamics
• Experience in using FATE-HD welcome
• Interested in interdisciplinary approaches
• Good language skills (English)
• Ability to work in a team
We offer an interesting and challenging job in a motivated international team, at the University of Genoa (Genoa, Italy). ECOLOPES partners are the Technical University of Munich in Germany (leader partner), the University of Genoa in Italy, the Technical University of Vienna, Austria, TECHNION in Haifa, Israel, McNeel Europe, based in Barcelona, Spain, and Studio Animal-Aided Design in Germany. The project team works on various topics, including biodiversity and ecosystem functioning, plant-microbiota interactions, urban ecology. Genoa is an enchanting, small city on the West Coast of the Mediterranean Sea, well connected to public transports and a perfect starting point to explore Italy.
Working hours are flexible and remuneration is in accordance with the applicable UNIGE regulations.
Details and contact
More details on post-doc enrolment and required documents for application can be found here: https://unige.it/en/ricerca/assegni-ricerca. Call publication by 22nd February 2022 can be available here: Calls for research grants | unige.it Deadline for application: 24th March 2022.
Please direct questions about the position to Prof. Enrica Roccotiello, Università degli Studi di Genova (email@example.com) and Dr. Isabelle Boulangeat (firstname.lastname@example.org), LESSEM (Ecosystems and Society in Mountains), INRAE of Lyon-Grenoble, Site de Grenoble.
More information about the project can be found at www.ecolopes.org
More information about the Research Group in Environmental and Applied Botany can be found at http://www.distav.unige.it/drupalint/schede-ricerca-eng