Open PhD position in Marine Biology focusing on ecological network modelling

We have an open PhD position in ‘Ecological network modelling of plankton food webs’ in our group.

This is a 4-yr position with the goal to use existing environmental, species and sequencing data gathered in extensive monitoring and metabarcoding studies to describe patterns of biotic interaction strength and explore their implications for food web dynamics. We will quantify the strength of diverse biotic interactions – trophic, symbiotic and parasitic – and how these interactions affect community dynamics, food web functioning and stability. We expect that outcomes of this project will provide essential understanding of how communities are organized and respond to changes.

We are looking for a highly motivated and self-directed student with an excellent diploma or master degree in biology, ecology, and/or aquatic science. We expect a strong interest in general ecological questions and great enthusiasm for scientific work. Ideally, the student will have experience in ecological and statistical modelling, knowledge of plankton ecology or molecular ecology analysis. Good analytical  skills, excellent interpersonal and communication skills, a strong sense of determination to succeed, and the ability to express his or her ideas in English is further expected.

The student will conduct the research at Stockholm University within the Department of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences. This is a collaborative project with other PhD students and researchers from Stockholm University.

The position will be based within a dynamic and active group working on current topics in aquatic ecology. We use a multi-disciplinary research approach, combining descriptive field studies, experimental and long-term ecological research to understand the consequences of environmental dynamics for food web processes and ecosystem functions. We offer state-of-the-art experimental and analytical facilities that allow properly addressing current ecological questions.

For mor information and link to the application site, please visit the Stockholm University website.

For more information, please contact project leader Prof. Monika Winder, telephone: +46 8 16 1741, monika.winder@su.se.

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