New Jobs and grants (September, 2013)

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PhD studentships available
Below are links to two funded PhD studentships within the School of Life, Sport and Social Sciences, Edinburgh Napier University. Closing date is 21st October. Please distribute to any potentially interested parties.

Aquatic non-native species: a closer look at their parasite fauna

Effects of underwater sound on aquatic invertebrates


Gilson Le Cren Memorial Award 2014: £4000 grant for research from the FBA

the Hugh Cary Gilson Memorial Award) provides an annual grant of up to £4000 to support scientific research into freshwater biology. Applications for the 2014 award are now invited and should be submitted between 15 October and 15
November 2013. Application is open to FBA members in good standing who joined the FBA on or before 1 July 2013. The award will be made in April 2014 and last for a period of 12 months. Visit the FBA website for terms and conditions, and
more details about the application process (


Post Doctoral Research Associate in Freshwater Macroecology
School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences
University of Washington

Overview:  The Freshwater Ecology and Conservation Lab at the University of
Washington seeks a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher. Applicants will
develop a collaborative research project with the Principal Investigator
that falls broadly within in the area large-scale freshwater ecology and
conservation (aka macroecology or conservation biogeography), and can be
tailored to the interests of the successful applicant. Examples of potential
research areas include traits-based ecology, trophic organization and food
webs, modeling species distributions, forecasting the effects of
environmental changes on invasive species and biodiversity, species rarity,
conservation planning and (dis)assembly rules. The applicant will have
excellent opportunities to work with existing species, trait and
environmental databases that span a hierarchy of spatial scales from streams
to watersheds to continents to the world.

The successful applicant will be advised by Dr. Julian Olden at the
University of Washington, and may work closely with collaborators in other
countries. The position will be funded initially for one year, with one or
more years of additional funding available, contingent upon performance.
Additional funds will be available to support collaborative research
endeavors. The Freshwater Ecology and Conservation Lab contains an extremely
cohesive mix of graduate students, post-docs and staff.  Quite simply: we
play hard and work even harder … and are looking for the same in the
applicant.  More information see:

Qualifications: PhD in ecology, zoology, biogeography or related field.
Priority will be given to applicants that exhibit strong quantitative
modeling and communication skills, proven expertise with GIS and database
management, demonstrated excellence in the publication of peer-reviewed
papers, and a proven record of working both independently and in a team.

Location:  The position will be located within the School of Aquatic and
Fishery Science (SAFS) ( SAFS is the leading
aquatic and fisheries department globally, and includes 40 faculty and 125
graduate students, and about 90 administrative and research staff. Faculty,
staff and students have access to myriad aquatic habitats and rich
biological resources, and are involved in interdisciplinary partnerships
with other academic programs, as well as public and private organizations
and environmental and regulatory agencies.  Seattle is a vibrant and
progressive city with ample opportunities for recreation and city-living

Start date: Spring or Summer 2014

Contact: Interested candidates should submit (1) a brief 2-page description
of research interests, research project idea, and future career goals, (2)
curriculum vitae, (3) most influential publications (PDF), and contact
information for at least three references to: Dr. Julian Olden, School of
Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington at
Screening of applicants will occur in Fall 2013 and will continue until a
suitable candidate is found. UW is an equal opportunity employer and
actively seeks diversity among its employees.

Multidisciplinary Initiative in Coastal and Marine Research
The President and the Provost of Florida State University are pleased to
announce a major initiative to develop a multidisciplinary group studying
the short- and long-term dynamics of coastal ecosystems, especially with
respect to the interconnectivity among biotic and abiotic components of
terrestrial and marine environments.  This strategic effort seeks to recruit
as many as nine tenure-track/tenured faculty, open with respect to rank.
Faculty will have academic appointments in either the Department of Earth,
Ocean and Atmospheric Science (EOAS) or the Department of Biological
Science. Some of the new faculty hires can be based at the FSU Coastal and
Marine Laboratory (FSUCML).

Successful candidates are expected to interact synergistically with research
programs in departments and interdisciplinary programs across the
University, as well as develop new areas of interactions through research
and graduate and undergraduate teaching. The sustained pursuit and growth of
collaborative, externally-funded research programs are explicit goals of
this initiative.

This is a very broad search and we encourage applications from candidates
trained in the physical and life sciences who work on subjects related to
coastal and marine systems.  Areas of interest include, but are not limited
to, ecosystem or community ecology, conservation biology,
invertebrate/benthic ecology, plant or algal ecology, fisheries biology,
marine mammalogy, (bio)geochemistry, geology, climatology, hydrology, shelf
circulation processes and biotic/abiotic system modeling.

Successful candidates will be offered highly competitive salaries and
start-up packages as well as access to state-of-the-art research space,
instrumentation, high performance computing and other facilities.  Faculty
are expected to integrate into existing coastal and marine ecosystem
research in EOAS, Biological Science and the FSUCML, with the potential to
interact with the Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies and the
Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Institute.  Further resources and support are
available through existing programs with other institutions, including the
Florida Climate Institute, the Deep-C Consortium and the National Estuarine
Research Reserve System.

Applicants should provide a letter of application, full curriculum vitae,
the names and contact information of three professional references and a
two-page narrative describing their research interests that should include a
statement as to how the candidate would complement this multidisciplinary
effort at Florida State University. Application documents must be combined
into a single PDF file and sent electronically to
Review of applications and nominations will begin November 15, 2013.
Additional information about the programs at FSU and this faculty search can
be obtained at

Florida State University is committed to the diversity of its faculty,
staff, and students, and to sustaining a work and learning environment that
is inclusive.  Women, minorities, and people with disabilities are
encouraged to apply.  FSU is an Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action

Associate Scientist, Humid Tropic Agroecology and Farming Systems in Costa Rica
Bioversity International is a research-for-development organization working with partners worldwide to use and conserve agricultural and tree biodiversity for improved livelihoods, nutrition, sustainability and productive and resilient ecosystems. Bioversity International is a member of the CGIAR Consortium, a global research partnership for a food secure future. Bioversity International has more than 300 staff and scientists’ worldwide working with almost 700 partners. This position is linked to the CGIAR Research Programs on Humidtropics and Roots, Tubers and Bananas.
For further information on Bioversity International, consult the Web page at
Purpose of Role
As a joint appointment in the Bioversity programmes on Agrobiodiversity and Ecosystem Services and Commodity Systems and Genetic Resources, the incumbent will conduct research on agroecological intensification and risk management through the use of agrobiodiversity with a focus on banana and cocoa based production and livelihood systems. Much of the work conducted will take place in the context of the Humidtropics and Roots, Tubers and Banana research programs1 which aim to improve food and nutritional security and overall productivity, and transform the lives of rural poor in the humid tropics, through systems approaches. The Bioversity office in Costa Rica enjoys close collaboration with a multidisciplinary team of scientists from CIRAD, ICRAF, CIAT and CATIE. Though based in Central America, the candidate will also be working in collaboration with the Bioversity Team and partners across the regions of Africa.
Key Responsibilities
The position will be based on the CATIE campus in Turrialba, Costa Rica and managed by Bioversity’s Sub-regional Office for Central America, Costa Rica. We are specifically looking for a candidate with interdisciplinary skills and an understanding of how to integrate field-based methods with advanced systems modeling and team based approaches cutting across disciplines.
The appointee will have the following responsibilities:

·      Contribute to the development of a conceptual framework and research in development strategy for agroecological intensification and risk management at the field and farm scale using as a model smallholder banana- and cocoa-based systems;

·      Support the design and effective data collection on the potential for agroecological intensification and agrobiodiversity use by smallholder and resource-poor rural households;

·      Employ statistical and quantitative analysis to draw comparisons on the role of agrobiodiversity in rural livelihood systems and wellbeing across socio-economic and agroclimatic gradients;

·      Contribute to the prototype development for field and farm agroecological intensification and risk management, building on more effective resource use, in partnership with smallholder households, for banana- and cocoa-based production and livelihood systems;

·      Support the development of complementary field and farm level models, both quantiative and qualitative, which explore alternative approaches to agroecological intensification and risk management through the use of agrobiodiversity at different scales bringing together farmer local knowledge and science-based agroecological frameworks and processes with a particular emphasis on abiotic factors;

·      Advise MSc and PhD students and collaborate with national and international scientists in the use of modeling and farmer-scientist prototype testing for agroecological intensification and risk management through the the use of agrobiodiversity;

·      Contribute to the development of proposals to fund research in development of agroecological intensification and risk managment in collaboration with other programme staff;

·      Author and publish articles in peer-reviewed international and regional technical journals; assist with the preparation of technical materials to make priniciples and practices of agroecological intensification and risk management more accessible and participate in training of diverse users of research tools and results;

·      Contribute to other organizational and programmatic activities as and when required.
Qualifications and competencies: Essential qualifications & competencies:
·      PhD in agroecology, agroecosystem science, system modelling or other discipline that is appropriate for taking a quantitative systems approach at field and farm level.
·      Statistical knowledge and experience in studies and quantitative analyses of ecophysiological, ecosystem and farm data.
·      Minimum of 3 years of experience in research on agroecological systems, agricultural development, and/or cropping and livelihood systems.
·      Experience with the implementation of research projects and a publications record in relevant fields.
·      Excellent communication, interpersonal and team work skills including the ability to effectively interact with people at all levels and work effectively in a multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary environment.
·      Proficiency in English, both verbal and written; basic Spanish language skills.
·      Well-developed analytical and synthesizing skills including the ability to write clear and concise scientific documents and research proposals.
·      Strong desire to work in an output driven environment integrating theory with practice; combined field and analytical experience, and a desire to put scientific skills to work to talking agricultural development problems of global significance. Desirable qualifications and competencies:
·      Quantitative skills/comfort in simulation and bioeconomic modeling and a background in biology, agronomy, ecology, ecophysiology or environmental sciences.
·      Ability to integrate socio-economic and agroecological dimensions.
·      Qualitative skills in participatory farming systems research and ability to interact/collaborate with smallholder families and/or groups.
·      Publication record in high impact journals and a record of writing successful project proposals.
·      Participation in global fora and networks on the relevant areas. Terms and conditions: This is an internationally recruited position. Bioversity International offers an attractive remuneration package including a competitive salary, non-contributory retirement plan, medical insurance, housing allowance and leave provisions. All benefits are denominated and paid in US Dollars. The initial contract will be for a period of three years subject to a probationary period of one year.
Applications: Please apply online through Bioversity Job Opportunities web page ( by clicking the “Apply” button, completing the online application and attaching the required information, no later than 27 October 2013. Please note that in the application you are required to provide the contact details (address, telephone number and e-mail address) of at least three referees, which Bioversity will contact for short listed applicants.
Bioversity is an equal opportunity employer and strives for staff diversity
For further information on the Humid tropics Program, consult the Web page at
For further information on the Roots, Tubers and Banana Program, consult the Web page at


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