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Postdocs: Reconstructing community dynamics after glacial retreat using environmental DNA

ZINGER Lucie

The Ficetola lab at the Univ. of Milano is recruiting two postdoctoral fellows, funded by the European Research Council (ERC) to take a leading role in the project "IceCommunities: Reconstructing community dynamics after glacial retreat using environmental DNA", that combines community ecology, environmental DNA metabarcoding and a global approach to understand the evolution of biotic communities in recently deglaciated areas at an unprecedented detail, and to understand the drivers of biotic colonization.

The Ficetola lab at the Univ. of Milano is recruiting two postdoctoral fellows, funded by the European Research Council (ERC). The successful applicant(s) will take a leading role in the project "IceCommunities: Reconstructing community dynamics after glacial retreat using environmental DNA", that combines community ecology, environmental DNA metabarcoding and a global approach to understand the evolution of biotic communities in recently deglaciated areas at an unprecedented detail, and to understand the drivers of biotic colonization.

Research description

Glaciers show a pattern of retreat at the global scale. Increasing areas are exposed and colonized by multiple organisms, but lack of global studies hampers a complete understanding of the future of recently deglaciated terrains. What will be the fate of these areas? How do animals, plants and microorganisms colonize them? Which are the climatic, geological and biogeographical processes determining colonization patterns?

The IceCommunities project is using environmental DNA data to produce unprecedented, massive information on the biodiversity of recently deglaciated terrains at the global scale.

We are looking for both young and experienced candidates with a strong attitude toward the use of advanced statistical techniques to understand ecological processes. Applicants for the position will be hard-working, enthusiastic, independently motivated and willing to lead a significant part of the IceCommunities Project, and will join a highly-dynamic work group, with a strong emphasis on research excellence.

A necessary prerequisite is experience in the use of numerical ecology to assess relationships between environmental variation and modifications of biotic communities. Experience in spatial ecology will be welcomed. Furthermore, the project is based on the use of molecular data (DNA metabarcoding). Experience in the analysis of metabarcoding data is not mandatory but can be useful

Details on the application

The pre-call will be open until we will find the figures best fitting our needs.

The post-doctoral position is available for 12 months, renewable up to a total of 30 months. Salary will be proportional to the experience of candidates

Possible starting dates are between November 2020 to January-February 2020. No deadline for application, the positions will remain open until filled.

How to apply

Applications should include: CV with list of publications in peer-reviewed journals; a letter explaining research interests and two academic references. Applications should be sent to Francesco Ficetola

For informal inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact me:
Francesco Ficetola francesco.ficetola(at)unimi.it.

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    • University of Nordland
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    • National Centre for Biosystematics
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    • LECA,
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    • Centre for GeoGenetics
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