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Position Announcements

2022-06-23

PhD position in population modelling for endangered species conservation // 21 July 2022

The PhD position takes place within the project Can laws save the natural world? funded by the Swedish Research Council VR, which aims to quantitatively understand how endangered species can benefit from nature conservation laws. The project presents a high level of novelty and will provide important implications for conservation. This position, along with a parallel PhD position in environmental law, is one of the key components of the project. Specifically, we are looking for a highly motivated graduate student who will 1) develop quantitative population models of endangered species to align concepts defined in European species conservation law with measurable ecological counterparts that are applicable across many taxa, 2) develop quantitative analyses to document the effects of legal protection on species trends and 3) analyze patterns of biodiversity-related legal aspects across European countries (such as e.g. court cases). The research will involve different taxa but has a clear emphasis on large carnivores, such as wolves, bears and lynx. The PhD position aims to be interdisciplinary, being both intensive in quantitative modelling and requiring an ability to understand legal concepts and their use by stakeholders.

Institution:  Department of Ecology at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)
Duty station:  Grimsö, Sweden with a possible agreement to spend time in Uppsala, Sweden
Closing date:  21 July 2022

Detailshttps://www.slu.se/en/about-slu/work-at-slu/jobs-vacancies/?rmpage=job&rmjob=6915&rmlang=UK


2022-06-21

Exotic Forest Pest Educator

Purdue is pleased to announce an opening for an Exotic Forest Pest Educator to develop and manage a multi-agency outreach program for invasive forest pests including spotted lanternfly, spongy moth and Asian longhorned beetle. This is a great opportunity for someone interested in invasives and developing and evaluating new tools for outreach education.

Institution:  Department of Entomology, Purdue University
Duty station:  West Lafayette, Indian, USA
Closing date:  18 July 2022 or until a suitable candidate has been found

Detailshttps://careers.purdue.edu/job/West-Lafayette-Exotic-Forest-Pest-Educator-IN-47906/893095000/
Contact:  Cliff Sadof, csadof(at)purdue.edu


2022-06-20

3-year PhD scholarship within theme "Norwegian and the EU forest sector in the sustainable circular bioeconomy" // 15 August 2022

Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management (MINA) at Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) has a vacant 3-year PhD–position related to economically oriented but multidisciplinary analysis of the topic "Norwegian and the EU forests and forest sector in the sustainable circular bioeconomy". Forestry and the forest-based sector in Norway and the EU are not immune to global challenges: demand for alternative uses of biomass and land is intensifying and finding a balance among often conflicting uses is not trivial. The question of how Norwegian and European forests can contribute to the development of a bioeconomy, while accounting for important sustainability issues, particularly climate change mitigation and safeguarding biodiversity, is the central theme of this Ph.D. project. The project explores the challenges, possibilities, and consequences that international and national policies and the many demands for forest land and biomass pose to the forestry sector in Norway and in the EU. The project provides policy-relevant new knowledge on these questions based on model-aided scenario analyses. The project also improves and appends existing tools (forest sector and forestry models) for analysing the forest product market development and the alternative uses of forests and wood resources.

The applicant is made aware that an application for a PhD position at NMBU is at the same time an application for admission to a PhD programme at the institution. The documentation that is necessary to ensure that the admission requirements are met must be uploaded as an attachment.

Institution:  Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management (MINA), Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)     
Closing date:  15 August 2022

Details:  https://www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/228070/phd-scholarship-within-theme-norwegian-and-the-eu-forest-sector-in-the-sustainable-circular-bioeconomy     


2022-06-13

PhD position in evolutionary biology of asexual reproduction in poplar rust // 27 June 2022

Applications are invited for a PhD position on 'Evolutionary and functional studies of reproductive mode polymorphism in the poplar rust fungus, Melampsora larici-populina'. The variability of reproductive modes is a long-standing conundrum in evolutionary biology. Yet, it conditions the evolutionary trajectories of populations and the morphological or physiological characteristics of the individuals that compose them. The phytopathogenic fungus Melampsora larici-populina, causing poplar rust, is particularly interesting for the study of the polymorphism of reproduction modes. Indeed, like most Pucciniales, this species presents a life cycle that alternates between an asexual multiplication phase and a sexual reproduction phase. Besides, we have demonstrated that lineages of the fungus do survive strictly asexually over decades. The thesis proposes to address the issue of variability in reproductive modes along three complementary axes: 1. An evolutionary ecology approach that will allow us to determine the geographical distribution of the asexual lineages of M. larici-populina using population genetics. 2. A phenotypic approach that will aim to experimentally demonstrate the level of investment of asexual lineages in sexual reproduction. 3. A genomic and evolutionary transcriptomic approach that will aim to elucidate the functional basis of the cycle and to find the determinants of the variation of the sexual and asexual reproduction modes.

Institution:  INRAE
Duty station:  Nancy, France
Closing date:  27 June 2022

Detailshttps://mycor.nancy.inra.fr/IAM/?p=11635


2022-05-09

Tenure-Stream Open Rank Professor of Forests and Green Space for Improving Public Health // open until filled

The Department of Forestry and Division of Public Health at Michigan State University invite applications for a 9-month tenure-system position (open rank) in Forest and Green Space for Improving Public Health (40% research, 25% teaching, 25% Extension/Outreach, 10% service). The successful candidate is expected to develop an internationally recognized research program by securing competitive external funding, publishing in leading peer-reviewed journals, and advancing our understanding of the green space-health relationship. This understanding could be attained through a wide range of expertise, including wellbeing, physical and mental health of urban populations, informatics, evaluation, community engagement, urban forestry, environmental justice and equity, wood design and wood product effects on health, health geography, urban planning, and other forest/health linkages (e.g., health effects of forest wildfires).

Institutions:  Department of Forestry and Division of Public Health, Michigan State University
Duty station:  East Lansing, USA
Closing date:  open until filled

Details:  https://www.iufro.org/fileadmin/material/discover/nb-msu-forests-and-green-space.pdf