Postdoc in pollination ecology

Umeå Universitet
Sweden
Full Time
Posted
1 month ago

Postdoctoral position (2 years) in pollination ecology

The Department of Ecology and Environmental Science are announcing a postdoctoral position in pollination ecology to join research focused on communities of pollinators, plants and microbes and their functioning. The employment is on fulltime for two years. The deadline for applications is May 13th, 2024 and the position is expected to start in September 2024, or according to agreement. Welcome with your application!

 

Research description

Pollination is a key ecosystem service upkeeping plant diversity as well as crops of cultivated plants. How the organisms interact and what impacts the interactions of pollination systems, is yet a study field filled with knowledge gaps. The research aims to fill in the gaps by assessing how the ecological communities of pollinators, plants and microbes are structured and how they function, in regard to plant usage and microbe sharing, in different environments, and in the presence and in the absence of managed pollinators. We use cutting[1]edge molecular tools, namely DNA metabarcoding and metagenomics to identify the interacting taxa. We study pollination communities primarily in the Boreal zone, but also in the Arctic. The planned work consists of collecting samples in the field, identifying the target organisms by DNA metabarcoding, analyzing data on pollinator and microbial communities as well as writing research articles to identify how pollinator communities change due to different factors. The selected candidate is expected to take part in designing their project and take responsibility for its implementation from data collection to presentation of results in both scientific journals and conferences. Opportunities for professional development, as an example in project management, leadership, mentoring, supervision, teaching and grant writing, are available and encouraged. The position offers a possibility to contribute to the design and research questions of the study. The Postdoc will work with the associate professor Helena Wirta (Umeå University), and also a network of researchers from Finland, Sweden and Canada. This is a two-year position funded by the Department of Ecology and Environmental Science, Umeå University.

The deadline for applications is May 13th, 2024 and the position is expected to start in September 2024, or according to agreement. Welcome with your application! 

For more information, https://www.umu.se/en/work-with-us/open-positions/postdoctoral-position-2-years-in-pollination-ecology--_721405/

and contact helena.wirta@umu.se