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Post-doc position in Tropical Ecology & Conservation ( 19/02414)

Deadline: 29.05.2019

About the position

The Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management (MINA) at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) has a vacant 3-year postdoctoral position. The position is funded by the Research Council of Norway.

Norwegian University of Life Sciences

NMBU has a special responsibility for research and education that ensures the basis of life for future generations.

Sustainability is rooted in everything we do and we provide knowledge for life.

NMBU has 1700 employees and 5200 students and is organized in seven faculties. NMBU has a campus in Ås and in Oslo. In the autumn of 2020 we are co-located on Ås.

Further information on NMBU is available at www.nmbu.no.

About MINA

The Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management (MINA) has about 200 employees and undertakes teaching, research and dissemination within the fields of geology, soil science, environmental chemistry, forestry, ecology, natural resource management, renewable energy, nature-based tourism. The faculty has ca. 600 students, and approximately 90 PhD-students.

The employees of the faculty are significant participants in their respective fields of expertise, both nationally and internationally and have a high level of scientific production.

We offer:

  • An academic institution with a strong focus on environmental sciences and dedication to professional development, dissemination and competence
  • An interdisciplinary and inclusive environment that offers exciting research and development opportunities
  • An attractive benefits package and welfare schemes
  • Attractive combination of rural surrounding and proximity to Norway’s capital city, Oslo
  • Opportunities for outdoor activities with access to excellent hiking areas around Oslo and proximity to the Oslo fjord

The current position is part of a BiodivERsA project that includes several collaborative partners around Europe and the Americas, looking to investigate the threats to the integrity of Amazonian floodplain habitats from deforestation, hydroelectric dams, and climate change. These threats are increasingly severe, but to date Amazon biodiversity scenarios have not considered these critical environments.

Building on decades of floodplain-focused research in the Amazon by consortium members, we will improve the characterization of Amazonian whitewater floodplain habitats and inundation dynamics, allowing us to

1) scale up existing fish, floodplain forest, and phytoplankton diversity datasets

2) evaluate the potential impacts of regional drivers, such as climate, land use change and hydroelectric dams on floodplain habitats, and

3) engage a large panel of stakeholders at local and regional scales in seeking sustainable strategies for tropical wetland conservation.

Main tasks

The post-doc will focus on the Juruá river region of the Brazilian Amazon and work closely with local communities. Major tasks will include examining the effectiveness of local community-based fisheries management by characterizing foodwebs across floodplain lakes under different levels of protection from commercial fisheries overexploitation.

The post-doc will also quantify the degree of frugivory of all fish species of commercial and/or subsistence importance to explore the potential future depletion of any tree species likely to incur dispersal limitation due to the functional loss of effective seed dispersal by frugivorous fish.

Qualifications and skills

The successful applicant must hold a PhD degree within a relevant scientific area. The applicant must document expertise and interest in the research subject.

Preferred candidates will have all or most of the following:

  • Ecological research experience from Amazonian forests (essential); knowledge of Amazonian aquatic systems is desirable
  • Previous work with local Amazonian communities (essential)
  • Solid methodological, analytical and quantitative (including modelling) skills (essential)
  • Strong record of publication in peer-reviewed journals
  • Experience with managing field assistants and research projects (preferable)
  • Fluency in Portuguese (essential)
  • Documentation of good collaborative skills (ability to establish contacts, and cooperate with other institutions and persons)

Applicants will be evaluated according to the aforementioned criteria, based on information provided in the online application form and up to 3 writing examples (published articles, reports, and/or PhD thesis) submitted with the application.

Personal qualities and skills:

  • Proven ability to work under very basic living conditions (essential)
  • Results-oriented, targeted and dedicated
  • Creative and accomplished in writing

Remuneration and information

The position is placed in government pay scale position code 1352 Postdoctoral Fellow, wage framework 24, salary grade 59-65 (NOK 515 200 - 576 100), depending on qualifications.

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To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply for this job' button above. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Application deadline: May 29th 2019

Applicants invited for an interview will be asked to present verified copies of diplomas and certificates.

Up to ten publications selected by the applicant as most relevant must be attached to the application. If it is difficult to identify the contribution of the applicant in multiple-author publications, a short explanation about the applicant’s part of the work is suggested.

Printed material that cannot be sent electronically should be sent by surface mail to Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management (MINA), P.O. Box 5003, NO-1432 Ås, within 29.05.2019. Please quote reference number 19/02414.

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