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The Department of Ecology and Evolution, University of Lausanne, is currently inviting applications for 1 PhD Student SNSF position in Novel plant-soil interactions in the group of Prof. Jake Alexander, starting 1st January 2018 or shortly thereafter. The position is fully funded through the Swiss SNF project “Ecological consequences of novel plant-soil interactions under changing climate” for 3 years (1 year contract renewable for 2 additional years, at 100 %).
Expected start date in position : 01.01.2018 or to be agreed
Contract length : 1 year, renewable for 2 additionnal years
Activity rate : 100%
Workplace : University of Lausanne, Dorigny
Research in our group focuses on understanding the extent to which species’ responses to changing climate are influenced by biotic interactions, and especially by entirely novel interactions among species whose ranges don't yet overlap. The PhD candidate will join a team investigating the ecological consequences of novel plant-soil interactions arising under climate change. The research will combine field experiments with molecular analysis of soil communities and statistical analysis of large ecological datasets.
100% of the rate of employment is devoted to the realization of the doctoral thesis.
We seek a highly motivated PhD student holding a Masters degree or equivalent in ecology or evolutionary biology, with a strong grasp of ecological and evolutionary concepts, (experimental) field ecology and statistics. Previous laboratory experience and a background in plant-soil interactions are desirable. We also expect the candidate to have excellent scientific writing skills in English, as well as a driving license.
What the position offers you
The Department of Ecology and Evolution offers a diverse and stimulating working environment (the departmental working language is English), and a doctoral programme in ecology and evolution. Lausanne and the surrounding area offer a high quality of living with exceptional opportunities for cultural and recreational activities.
Contact for further information
For further information please contact Jake Alexander by e-mail: email@example.com
Alexander lab website: https://www.unil.ch/dee/alexander-group
To apply, please submit a cover letter describing your research background and interests, a curriculum vitae and the contact information of two referees, all submitted as a single PDF file.
Application review will begin on 15th November 2017, and continue until the position is filled.
Only application posted through our UNIL website will be considered.
We thank you for your understanding.
Seeking to promote an equitable representation of men and women among its staff, the University encourages applications from women.