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    15/07/2019 17:00 - Europe/Brussels
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
    Spain, Paterna,
    University of Valencia
    Institute: “Cavanilles Institute of Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology”
    Research group: “Movement Ecology Lab”

The successful applicant will join the recently created Movement Ecology Lab at the Cavanilles Institute of Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology (Univ. of Valencia). The position will be based at the University of Valencia, Spain, which will be celebrating the 520th anniversary of its foundation this year. Valencia is Mediterranean city located on Spain’s eastern coast, which geographical location makes it an excellent operational base from which to explore the rest of Spain. At just an hour and a half from Madrid by train, three hours from Barcelona by car, and with daily departures to the Balearic Islands, the capital of the Mediterranean is well worth a visit. Valencia is famous for its pleasant climate, wide sandy beaches and local cuisine (the cradle of paella). More info: https://www.visitvalencia.com/en

The successful applicant will join the recently created Movement Ecology Lab at the Cavanilles Institute of Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology (Univ. of Valencia) and will advance understanding about the space use behaviour in free-living large eagles with particular interest in applied conservation. Research will focus on Bonelli’s eagle and Golden eagle in Spain, including intensive fieldwork for trapping and equipping new individuals with GPS/GSM transmitters.

The successful applicant will examine inter- and intraspecific interactions and how movement and resource-allocation varies with eagles’ density, resource availability and environmental characteristics. Eventually, the candidate will examine how eagles space-use behaviour affect survival and reproduction. Research will be conducted in collaboration with regional administration and will involve cutting-edge analyses of big datasets (>25 million GPS locations and 3 million accelerometry data) as well as fieldwork in eastern Spain. Desired start date: January 1, 2020. A later start date is possible.

The successful candidate must be eligible for the Marie Curie call of the European Union. He/she must have a PhD, likely in quantitative ecology, statistics, wildlife biology, conservation biology, or a related field. A history of publishing in international journals and a demonstrated understanding of advanced statistical methods are required. Prior postdoctoral experience is beneficial. The candidate should have expertise in the analysis of spatial data, preferably in the analysis of animal  relocation data and mechanistic movement models. Experience in movement spatial models, big data analysis, machine learning, and/or time series analyses is advantageous. Experience in using remote sensing data for habitat and species distribution models as well as handling of large spatial databases, R programming & GIS software is also desirable.

- Documents to be submitted by the candidates:

To apply for the position, please email a CV and the names and email addresses of three references to: Pascual López-López, Assistant Professor, e-mail: Pascual.Lopez@uv.es


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