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Postdoctoral positon – terrestrial community and ecosystem ecology

We are accepting applications for a postdoctoral research position at the Department of Integrative Biology - University of Guelph, starting as early as summer 2017. Salary is $60,000 CDN per year, for up to three years. We seek emerging researchers with a strong publication record, who ideally work on [but not restricted to] issues including plant community ecology, agro-ecosystem ecology, soil microbial ecology, or ecosystem ecology especially emphasizing soil, insect, or plant dynamics. The successful applicant will be expected to be highly organized, work independently in the lab and field, to lead their own research projects, have strong analytical capabilities, and be willing and able to mentor and support other lab members. The successful applicant will be joining a team of researchers at the University of Guelph, with opportunities for multiple collaborative research papers in addition to their own publications. Candidates should electronically submit a letter of application detailing their research experience, interest in the position, preferred start date, CV with publications, and names with contact details of three referees to: Dr. Andrew MacDougall, Department of Integrative biology, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada []. Applications must be received by February 15, 2017.

PhD position - Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (Leipzig, Germany)

Subject: Smart sensor and data technologies to test mechanisms of plant community response to global change

This PhD project will test smart sensor technologies as a tool to understand the mechanisms underlying plant community responses to global change. Therefore, established experimental infrastructure manipulating global change factors (climate, nitrogen) will be used, and novel sensor technology will be employed, to explore the role of non-linearity and thresholds in ecosystem responses to environmental drivers. Combining this data-driven approach with modelling will open new opportunities to evaluate changes in plant growth and the interaction between biotic and abiotic processes.


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