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Post-doctoral Fellow Position in Quantitative Palaeoecology and Ecology

University of Bergen - Department of Biology

Bergen, Norway

There is a vacancy for a 3-year post-doctoral fellow position at the University of Bergen’s Department of Biology within the Ecological and Environmental Change Research Group as part of the European Research Council funded project Humans on Planet Earth – Long-term impacts on biosphere dynamics (HOPE).

The successful candidate will be responsible for developing the HOPE database of pollen-stratigraphical data and associated chronological palaeoenvironmental and site data within the framework of state-of-the-art palaeoinformatics, for the numerical and statistical analyses of many large pollen-stratigraphical data-sets, and for developing appropriate software for particular palaeoecological and diversity analyses. The candidate will play a major role in the publication of HOPE results.

Qualifications and personal qualities:

  • The applicant must hold a PhD or an equivalent degree within quantitative palaeoecology, ecology, biogeography, or a related field, or must have submitted their doctoral thesis for assessment prior to the application deadline. It is a condition of employment that the PhD has been awarded.
  • The successful candidate must have experience in quantitative analyses of palaeoecological or ecological data using the statistical software R and in using large databases, as well as documented skills in one or more research fields relevant to the position.
  • It is beneficial to have a background in one or more of the following research fields: Quaternary palaeoecology, palaeoclimatology, applied statistics, numerical ecology, quantitative palaeoecology, biogeography, macroecology, community ecology, biodiversity.
  • The successful candidate should be highly motivated, enjoy the challenge of working with very large data-sets, and understand the relevance of the data and the results.
  • The successful candidate can work independently and in a structured manner, and have the ability to cooperate with others within HOPE’s consortium as well as within the EECRG, and to follow through challenging ideas.
  • Pro-active problem-solving skills will be highly valued in the candidate.
  • Proficiency in both written and oral English is required.

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