Position available: PhD candidate in Community Ecology and Systematic Conservation Planning

Project description

Biodiversity is declining at unprecedented rates, with far-reaching consequences for the functioning of ecosystems and human well-being. The loss of any species can have profound consequences given that all species are entangled in complex networks of interactions with other species. Thus, any species loss can promote a deep reorganisation of the communities and ecosystems. However, species interactions are rarely considered when assessing the effects of biodiversity loss or the design of conservation strategies.

The growing knowledge of the structuring and assembly of ecological communities in space, and the newly available datasets and tools to analyse species interactions at large spatial scales, provide the perfect setting to move towards the integration of species interactions in conservation biogeography. In the proposed PhD project, the successful candidate will work with large scale datasets on species interactions to determine best conservation strategies from the perspective of ecological communities.

Candidate profile

  • We are looking for a bright and committed candidate interested in conservation biology from a community ecology perspective to conduct a PhD based on our group at the MNCN-CSIC (Madrid). Previous knowledge in analysing and modelling ecological networks is a useful complement.
  • BSc/MSc in ecology, biology, environmental sciences, geography, or related subjects.
  • Ability to work in groups, share ideas, and network.
  • Solid knowledge of R (and/or Matlab) and GIS.
  • Good writing skills and fluency in English.

What we offer

  • 3-years contract commensurate with experience.
  • Joint supervision by early career researcher (Nuria Galiana) and senior researcher (Miguel B. Araújo).
  • Integration in a vibrant group of highly motivated international researchers.

How to apply

Please send your application to galiana.nuria@gmail.com until the 30th of April 2023 with:

  • A complete CV (no longer than 5 pages).
  • A cover letter explaining why you are ideal for the post.
  • Two names who can provide references and their contact.