Postdoctoral Fellow in Population Variation in Birdsong

Updated: 29 days ago
Deadline: 30 Dec 2022

Ref. No. SU FV-4462-22

at the Department of Zoology . Closing date: 30 December 2022.

The Department of Zoology consists of five divisions: Ecology, Ethology, Functional Morphology, Population Genetics, and Systematics and Evolution. At present the department accommodates 45–50 staff and a similar number of PhD students. The advertised position will be part of the Division of Ethology. There is a long-standing tradition for researchers at the Division of Ethology to collaborate with researchers from other fields, such as evolutionary ecology, theoretical evolutionary biology, and the study of cultural evolution.

Project description
A postdoctoral research position is available in David Wheatcroft’s research group in the Department of Zoology at Stockholm University. The aim of the project is to understand the causes and consequences of population variation in songs through developing and implementing approaches to test and compare male and female responses in the wild and in captivity. Research would focus on wild and captive songbirds, primarily pied flycatchers (Ficedula hypoleuca). In addition, similar questions could be explored in a captive population of field crickets (Gryllus bimaculatus).

Main responsibilities
The position involves research within the project described above.

Qualification requirements
Postdoctoral positions are appointed primarily for purposes of research. Applicants are expected to hold a Swedish doctoral degree or an equivalent degree from another country.

Assessment criteria
The degree must have been completed at latest before the employment decision is made, but no more than three years before the closing date. An older degree may be acceptable under special circumstances. Special reasons refer to sick leave, parental leave, elected positions in trade unions, service in the total defense, or other similar circumstances as well as clinical attachment or service/assignments relevant to the subject area.

We are looking in particular for candidates with proven skills in acoustic analyses and playback experiments in birds and/or other organisms and experience with quantitative analyses of behavioural data as well as large, complex datasets. An ideal candidate would have long-term experience studying song and conducting related experiments in the wild as well as specific field experience with hole-nesting birds.

In the appointment process, special attention will be given to research skills. We are searching for a candidate with experience in the fields of ethology and evolutionary biology. Criteria used to assess this ability are: the applicant’s publication record and documented knowledge and achievements within the described research area, the candidate’s capabilities with regards to speaking and writing in English, analytical thinking, creativity, initiative, independence, and team work performance. The applicant’s earlier experience within the field of research can be of relevance especially when further documented by courses, independent research work, personal references, interview and an application indicating the applicant’s motivation in written form.

Terms of employment
The position involves full-time employment for a minimum of two years and a maximum of three years, with the possibility of extension under special circumstances. Start date as per agreement.

Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all.

Further information about the position can be obtained from Dr. David Wheatcroft (host and project leader), telephone: +46 7222 38 327, .

Union representatives
Ingrid Lander (Saco-S), telephone: +46 708 16 26 64, , Alejandra Pizarro Carrasco (Fackförbundet ST/Lärarförbundet), telephone: +46 8 16 34 89, , and (SEKO).

Apply for the position at Stockholm University's recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline.

Please include the following information with your application

  • Your contact details and personal data
  • Your highest degree
  • Your language skills
  • Contact details for 2–3 references

and, in addition, please include the following documents

  • Cover letter describing why you are interested in and what makes you suitable for the project in question
  • CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of publications
  • Copy of PhD diploma.

The instructions for applicants are available at: How to apply for a position .

You are welcome to apply!

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