Utrecht University is offering a postdoctoral position at Ben-Gurion University to study plant-community dynamics in savanna and tundra ecosystems and their mutual relations to vegetation pattern formation.
Understanding ecosystem response to climate extremes, such as severe droughts in savannas, is of utmost importance in light of the vital ecosystem services these ecosystems provide to humans. The response is likely to involve both spatial self-organization and community reassembly, but the interplay between these mechanisms and the impact on ecosystem function has hardly been studied.
The successful candidate for the Postdoc position on Community Assembly and Spatial Pattern Formation is expected to:
- be involved in the development of spatial plant-community models that capture pattern-forming feedbacks and use a trait-based approach to describe community attributes, such as functional diversity;
- study the models using mathematical analysis, numerical simulations, and numerical continuation in one and two spatial dimensions;
- confront model predictions with available empirical data.
Duration: 1 year with possible extension
- The monthly fellowship will be approximately 11,000 NIS (3000€).
- The offer includes a low-rate residence, most likely in the university dorms.
For the Postdoc position on Community Assembly and Spatial Pattern Formation:
- The candidate should have a PhD in physics, mathematics, or engineering sciences.
- Acquaintance with nonlinear dynamics, pattern formation, and ecology, and experience in modeling and numerical computations are advantageous.
- The project is interdisciplinary, and affinity with or interest in working in an interdisciplinary environment is important.
Interested applicants are to send their application via the apply button below and include the following:
- A motivation letter, emphasizing their specific interest.
- A detailed Curriculum Vitae
To apply for the postdoc position on community assembly and spatial pattern formation, click here.
Deadline: March 31, 2023.
For more information on the postdoc position on community assembly and spatial pattern formation, visit the official site.