Three Postdocs in Terrestrial (Island) Ecology within an ERC AdG

Job description: The Mediterranean Institute of Advanced Studies (IMEDEA) offers three Postdoctoral  positions to support the research activities in the context of the European Research Council (ERC) project IslandLife (ID: 101054177), led by Prof. Anna Traveset. This is a 5-year research project funded by the ERC that will be developed at the Terrestrial Ecology lab, within the Department of Global Change and Oceanography of IMEDEA.

The three postdoctoral researchers will lead, together with the PI and other researchers of the project, the construction and analyses of the multilayer ecological networks in the islands of four archipelagos. One postdoc will work with data from the Seychelles (Postdoc 1), one with data from the Galápagos (Postdoc 2), and the third one with data from the Balearic and Canary Islands (Postdoc 3). The work will involve stays in the field gathering data as well as lab work at IMEDEA, processing data, analyzing them and preparing manuscripts for their publication. They all will support the PI and the rest of the team to achieve the scientific objectives of the project, publish and disseminate the findings.

Main tasks:

·         Field work in two islands in the study archipelago (Seychelles, Galapagos or Balearics/Canaries)—periodical sampling of a variety of ecological interactions, monitoring plant community composition. Field work will involve about 5-6 months per year the two first years of the postdoc.

·         Conduct an extensive literature review on species interactions from each archipelago

·         Laboratory work-- sorting and processing samples, getting in touch with taxonomists and molecular laboratories for species identification.

·         Build the multi-layer networks, analyse and visualize data

·         Write manuscripts and disseminate results

·         Actively engage in the research group and support the organization of project meetings and conferences across the project.

·         Help train and mentor other team members if necessary


Main requirements/skills:

·         Candidates holding a PhD in Biology or Environmental Sciences, with experience in network analysis and complex coding and modeling in R will be given priority.

·         Experience with management of research team (with diverse cultural background) including the co-supervision of PhD students is preferred.