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Trophicassessmentofecosystemservicesprovidedby

carabidbeetlesinagriculturalland

PhDstudentpositionavailablefromApril2016
Closingdateforapplications:31January2016
Institute of Interdisciplinary Mountain Research, Austrian Academy of Science (AW)
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 trophicfunctional 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/carabidecosystemservices.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 (Corinna.Wallinger@uibk.ac.at)