PhD‐student position available from April 2016 Closing date for applications: 31 January 2016
Institute of Interdisciplinary Mountain Research, Austrian Academy of Science (ÖAW) in cooperation with the Applied and Trophic Ecology Research Group, Institute of Ecology, University of Innsbruck, Austria
We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic young scientist to join our research team on a three-year project investigating the trophic perspective of ecosystem services provided by carabid beetles. Cutting edge molecular approaches such as next generation sequencing will be used to examine the different trophic- functional groups in carabids and the factors underlying potential switches between weed seed feeding and slug predation.
This PhD position will be part of an Austrian Science Fund project with the same title (P28578-B25), collaboratively run between Institute of Interdisciplinary Mountain Research (Innsbruck), the University of Innsbruck (Institute of Ecology) and INRA Dijon, France.
The PhD position will include the development and application of molecular diagnostics, field work in Austria and presumably France, bioinformatics and statistical data analyses and the dissemination of the project findings in the form of research papers and presentations at scientific meetings as well as the involvement in public relations work. Co-supervision of master and bachelor students is expected. We offer an exciting academic and collaborative working environment.
The three-year appointment comes with a yearly gross-salary of € 36,340.
The successful candidate holds a Master Degree (or equivalent) in ecology, zoology, agronomy or a similar field. Interest and/or skills are desired for the following topics: molecular & community ecology, applied ecology, planning & executing field work, statistical analyses. The applicant should have the ability to work both independently and in a team, and to communicate well in written and spoken English.
Further information on the project and research groups can be found following these links:
Project: http://www.uibk.ac.at/ecology/forschung/projects_applied_trophic_ecology/carabid- ecosystemservices.html
Research groups involved (Austria): www.mountainresearch.at/index.php/de/ www.uibk.ac.at/ecology/forschung/biodiversitaet.html.en
An application must be supported by the following documentation (all in one file):
– Cover letter stating the motivation for your application
– Curriculum vitae including copies of all university degrees received
– Letters of recommendation and previous supervisor contact details
Review of applications will begin on the 1st of February 2016 and will continue until the position is filled.
Please send your application and enquiries for further details to Dr Corinna Wallinger ([email protected])

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