PhD position in functional macroecology of island birds (m/f/d)

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20.01.2022, Wissenschaftliches Personal

In the scope of the Research Unit “DynaCom - Spatial community ecology in highly dynamic landscapes: from island biogeography to metaecosystems” funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), the BioChange Lab at the Terrestrial Ecology Research Group of TUM.

In the scope of the Research Unit “DynaCom - Spatial community ecology in highly
dynamic landscapes: from island biogeography to metaecosystems” funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), the BioChange Lab at the Terrestrial Ecology Research Group of TUM invites applications for a

PhD position in functional macroecology of island birds (m/f/d)
E13 TV-L, 65%, limited to 3 years

Your profile
 Full university degree (Diploma/M.Sc.) in biology, ecology, evolutionary biology or a related discipline
 Interest in macroecology, macroevolution, island biogeography and ornithology
 Sound knowledge in ecological statistical analyses and statistical programming, preferably in R
 Fluency in English
 Excellent writing and communication skills and the ability to work in a team
 Experience in handling large datasets, trait-based and phylogenetic analyses, GIS or ornithology is beneficial.

Tasks
You will conduct analyses on the evolutionary history and ecological assembly behind the current phylogenetic and functional diversity of birds on islands at regional and global scales. You will work with species-level ecomor-phological trait data and phylogenetic information, and analyse these in combination with data on bird distribu-tions as well as on geography and climate of islands in the German Wadden Sea and globally. You will be based in a dynamic research environment at the BioChange Lab of Dr. Christian Hof at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) in Freising, and work in close cooperation with the Geobiodiversity Research Group and the Community Ecology and Macroecology Research Group of Prof. Susanne Fritz and Prof. Katrin Böhning-Gaese at the Senck-enberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (SBiK-F) in Frankfurt. Moreover, you will be a team member of the DFG-funded Research Unit “DynaCom” and benefit from its scientific and soft-skills training activities. Togeth-er with partners from the Universities of Oldenburg, Göttingen, Bonn and the German Centre for Integrative Biodi-versity Research (iDiv) you will contribute to the investigation of spatial community ecology on islands across scales.

Our offer
 Stimulating work environment at TUM, SBiK-F and within the DynaCom Research Unit, with great opportunities for collaboration within a network of high-profile researchers as well as for scientific exchange during retreats, workshops and conferences
 Close collaboration with researchers from the Biodiversity, Macroecology and Biogeography group of the Uni-versity of Göttingen, from Imperial College London, and from the Lower Saxony National Park Wadden Sea (Nationalpark Niedersächsisches Wattenmeer)
 Membership of the TUM Graduate School with its attractive mentoring and workshop program as well as finan-cial support for international conferences and research stays
 A salary in accordance to TV-L E13 (65 %). The contract for the position will be limited to 36 months.
 TUM is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified women are therefore particularly encouraged to apply. Appli-cants with disabilities are treated with preference given comparable qualification.

Application
 Your application should include a motivation letter, a detailed CV and certificates, an English abstract of your master thesis (max. 1 page), and contact information of two referees. Please send the application as soon as possible (latest by February 10th, 2022) in the form of a single pdf-file to Dr. Christian Hof (christian.hof@tum.de).
 Envisioned appointment date is April 1st, 2022.
 For further inquiries, please contact Dr. Christian Hof (christian.hof@tum.de).

For more information, see https://uol.de/en/icbm/collaborative-projects/dynacom, https://www.biochange.de/, and https://www.senckenberg.de/en/institutes/sbik-f/rg-geobiodiversity-research/

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Kontakt: christian.hof@tum.de


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