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Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Theoretical Metacommunity Ecology - QMUL20838

Department: School of Biological & Chemical Sciences
Salary: £38,084 (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL20838
Location: Mile End
Date posted: 29-Nov-2019
Closing date: 02-Jan-2020

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Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant based at the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, Queen Mary University of London. Theoretical Ecology group at SBCS, led by Axel Rossberg, is embarking on a 4-year focused research project to extend the theory of co-existence in large, random Lotka-Volterra models and similar systems to metacommunities in spatio-temporally structured environments, and to apply it to questions in conservation ecology at the landscape scale. This will involve a combination of high-performance computer simulations, analytic calculations in the spirit of statistical mechanics, cutting-edge statistical analyses of community time series derived from traditional observations and eDNA, and syntheses to inform conservation ecology. The post holder will join a dynamic team of researchers to contribute to this exciting new project.

The project (“Mechanisms and prediction of large-scale ecological responses to environmental change”) is funded by the UK’s Natural Environment Research Council and will be carried out in collaboration with leading experts in statistical mechanics (Kostya Trachenko, Queen Mary University of London), biodiversity patterns (Anne Magurran, University of St Andrews) and complexity-stability relations (Michio Kondoh, Tohoku University).

A PhD or equivalent in a relevant discipline is essential for this post. Successful candidates will have interest in theoretical ecology and experience applying and developing methods in areas including multivariate time-series analysis, parallel computing, statistical mechanics, community ecology, and complex systems.

With their application, candidates should include a one-page statement explaining how they might be able to contribute with their experience to the project as outlined above. A demonstrated ability to communicate well, work within a team, and deliver projects within an agreed time frame is also essential. The appointee will be provided with further training and opportunities to supervise postgraduate student projects.

The post is full-time with a fixed term to run until 5 January 2024. The expected start date is 9 February 2020 or soon thereafter.  The starting salary is £38,084 per annum and is inclusive of London Allowance. Benefits include 30 days annual leave and a pension scheme.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. Where required this may include entry clearance or continued leave to remain under the Points Based Immigration Scheme.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Axel Rossberg,

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The closing date for applications is 02 January 2020. Interviews are expected to be held shortly thereafter. 

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