Postdoc in ecology and evolution

Denmark (DK)
Between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academi
May 09 2019
Life Sciences, Ecology
Position Type
Full Time
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Job Type

Postdoc in ecology and evolution A 2 years postdoctoral fellowship in ecology and evolution is available at Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate, Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen.    

Overall description of the project:  Climate change poses a major threat to biodiversity, potentially outpacing the ability of species to adapt. Yet the scientific community still struggles to anticipate the responses of biodiversity to climate change. Integrating pioneering data and methods across macroecology, evolutionary genomics and paleoclimatology we propose to elucidate the demographic history of bird species during the last million years of climate change. These species inhabit different biomes (from the tropics to the poles) and represent a variety of life strategies and ecological traits. We will reconstruct the demographic history under past climate change of a variety of populations across 320 bird species using PSMC methods, and identify the role of life strategies and species traits to explain different demographic responses across species. We will also provide relevant baselines for avian population dynamics under climate change. Revealing past demography will largely improve our ability to anticipate potential responses of species to ongoing climate warming.   

The position is part of a recently funded DFF2 project “DEMOCHANGE”, lead by David Nogués-Bravo, University of Copenhagen, and Guojie Zhang, University of Copenhagen. This position will be in the group of Prof. Guojie Zhang in Section of Ecology and Evolution at Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen and both Zhang and Nogués-Bravo will be the co-supervisors.   

The position is open from September 2019 and is time limited for two years with the possibility of extension.    

Tasks to carry out: Coordination of sample collections and sequencing, population genomic analysis to infer paleo-demography, alignment of temporal trends in demography and paleoclimatic conditions, estimates of different responses to climate change and model how species traits modulate those responses across space, time and phylogenies.   

Qualifications:  We are looking for highly motivated individuals with a PhD degree from ecology and evolutionary, population genomics, macroevolution, phylogenetics/phylogenomics, or similar fields. Candidates with below experiences will be highly preferred.   

Skills/expertise: Computational modelling, population genomics analysis, phylogenomic/macroevolutionary methods (i.e., how ecological traits control demographic responses to climate change after controlling by evolutionary patterns represented in phylogenies), large data sets management and data curation, strong coding abilities, project coordination, curatorial or collection research-based expertise in birds.   

Software/programming languages: R.   

For consideration, applications must: 

  •  Have published in international peer-reviewed journals 
  •  Highly independent and have experience in project coordination 
  •  Have good communication skills  

The working language is English, thus excellent English speaking, reading and writing skill are required. For further information about the position, please contact Prof. Guojie Zhang ( or David Nogues-Bravo (    

Further information on the Department is linked at    

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.   

Terms of employment  The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.   Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.    

The starting salary is currently up to DKK 430.569 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 76.627). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.   

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.    

Please include   - Curriculum vita  - Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)   - Research plan – description of current and future research plans  - Complete publication list  - Separate reprints of 3 particularly relevant papers   

The deadline for applications is Friday 31 May 2019, 23:59 GMT +2.   

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee.  

You can read about the recruitment process at   
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