ORGANISATION/COMPANYInstitute of Vertebrate Biology of The Czech Academy of Sciences
RESEARCH FIELDBiological sciences › Zoology
RESEARCHER PROFILERecognised Researcher (R2)
APPLICATION DEADLINE31/05/2022 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
LOCATIONCzech Republic › Studenec
TYPE OF CONTRACTTemporary
HOURS PER WEEK40
OFFER STARTING DATE01/07/2022
Ongoing climate change is one of the most important stressors affecting biological communities worldwide. Freshwater habitats are particularly at risk as they are often fragmented across the terrestrial landscape and inhabited by organisms with limited ability to escape. The stability and diversity of freshwater communities therefore largely depends on the individual ability to adapt or acclimate to new conditions. Understanding how freshwater ectotherms cope with a warming world requires comprehensive studies of individual phenotypic responses to variable and often unpredictable thermal fluctuations, which will pave the way for more realistic predictions of ecological responses to climate change and their impacts on populations and communities.
Our aim is to assess and integrate the strategies amphibians use to cope with a warming climate. We will focus on their responses to predictable and stochastic temperature fluctuations, using the thermal reaction norm approach. We will combine laboratory and mesocosm experiments to extend the existing framework for understanding the phenotypic responses of ectotherms to thermal changes.
The Thermal Ecology Group works at the Institute of Vertebrate Biology of the Czech Academy of Sciences (www.ivb.cz/en). We study thermal adaptation in its broadest sense, conducting interdisciplinary research for 20 years to understand the complex strategies of ectothermic organisms in changing environments. Our results have important implications for basic research and for predicting the impact of climate change on amphibian population dynamics.
All interested candidates should send their CV and list of publications along with a motivational letter explaining their interest and skills for this position. All interested candidates are invited to contact Assoc. Prof. Lumír Gvoždík to discuss the details of this topic. Candidates from any country are welcome.
The deadline for applications is 31. 5. 2022.
Assoc. Prof. Lumír Gvoždík
REQUIRED LANGUAGESENGLISH: Good
We are looking for a candidate with a PhD in biological sciences, with good communication skills, the ability to work both in a team and independently, a willingness to co-supervise PhD students and excellent writing skills in English.
EURAXESS offer ID: 753985
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