One Master internship position focusing on population ecology and phenotypic plasticity of aquatic insects are available in the group of Dr. David Boukal at the Faculty of Science, University of South Bohemia and Institute of Entomology in Ceske Budejovice (Czech Republic).
The students will work under the supervision of David Boukal and Julien Mocq (French postdoc). We offer detailed hands-on training during the entire lifetime of your project; our previous interns have achieved very good to excellent results. One project has already been published in top journal (Sentis et al. 2015, Global Change Biology).

The internship, entitled « Laboratory experiments on predation and trophic interactions in aquatic invertebrates », consists in performing experiments to investigate the effects of traits and species on predator-prey interactions, intraguild predation, cannibalism or diet shifts. This includes collection of insects or other aquatic invertebrates in the wild, carrying out the experiments, and statistical analyses of data.

Intership period: Preferably in mid-April/May 2016, and should finish in late August/September.

Advisors: D. Boukal (head of group) or J. Mocq.

Duration: Between 3 and 6 months, with possible extensions.

Stipend: Successful candidates will need to secure most or all of their funds. ERASMUS SPM (Student Mobility for Placement, ~350 Euros/month), another similar European scholarship or a ‘bourse de mobilité internationale sur critères sociaux’ is enough to cover basic living costs and shared accommodation in student dormitories or in private for the entire duration of the stay.

We are seeking highly motivated students with good organizational skills and strong interests in quantitative ecology, behavioral ecology or evolutionary ecology. Master students in biology, ecology, entomology and related fields are welcome. Students interested in experimental work are particularly encouraged to apply.
Candidates should be sufficiently fluent in English to be able to engage in discussions and write the report. Previous experience with aquatic invertebrates, laboratory experiments, use of spreadsheets (e.g. Excel, Access) and statistical analyses (R software) will be appreciated.

To apply, please send your CV, motivation letter (1 page maximum), and names and contact information for two references to D. Boukal ([email protected]) or J. Mocq ([email protected]).
Informal enquiries are welcome – please contact us by email.

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