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Research Scientist positions at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama

The Smithsonian Tropical Research Instite (STRI, has 5 openings for Research Scientists to pursue independent, internationally recognized research programs in the tropics. Previous tropical experience is not required. We are seeking to fill positions in the broadly defined areas of forest biology, marine science, animal behaviour, and terrestrial microbial ecology, with a fifth position open with respect to field of research (any natural science in the tropics).

Positions are full-time research and include research funds. STRI is headquartered in Panana with modern research facilities and field stations throughout the country, and hosts and vibrant and collaborative scientific community of 30 staff scientists and over 1500 scientific visitors per year. Early- to mid-career candidates are especially encouraged; applicants at all postdoctoral stages will be considered. Compensation packages are internationally competitive and commensurate with experience. Review of applications will begin on 15 November 2017.

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Two Assistant Professorships in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto

The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Toronto ( invites applications for two tenure-stream appointments in ecology and evolution. These appointments will be at the rank of Assistant Professor, with an expected start date of July 1, 2018.  The University of Toronto is a leading academic institution with over 60 faculty members specializing in ecology and evolution.

We seek candidates who conduct conceptually driven research in ecology and evolution, especially those with research programs in disease and/or theory. We seek applications from candidates whose research program complements the research programs of the highly collaborative faculty currently in the department.

The successful applicants must have a PhD in a related field by July 1, 2018 or soon thereafter, with a record of sustained publications in top-ranked, field-relevant journals.  The appointees will be expected to build an active, externally funded and internationally recognized research program. The successful candidates will also demonstrate excellence in teaching and contributions to the education and training of undergraduate and graduate students

32 months Postdoc/ Research Associate Mangrove Biogeomorphology (Glasgow University)

Job Purpose: To make a leading contribution to a project: ‘MOnitoring Mangrove ExteNT & Service (MOMENTS): What is controlling Tipping Points’ funded by NERC/Newton Fund working with Dr. Thorsten Balke, School of Georaphical and Earth Science at Glasgow University, in close collaboration with Dr. Pete Bunting (Aberystwyth University) and project partners in Indonesia and Vietnam. Specifically, the job requires expert knowledge in (coastal) geomorphology and ecology and an understanding of spatial data analysis and ecosystem services. The successful candidate will also be expected to contribute to the formulation and submission of research publications and research proposals as well as help manage and direct this complex and challenging project as opportunities allow.

Postdoctoral Scientist Ecology, Bradenburg, University of Technology Cottbus – Seftenberg, Germany (Reference: 56/17)

The Department of Ecology (Prof. Dr. Klaus Birkhofer) is seeking a postdoctoral scientist in the research area Biodiversity-Ecosystem Function with expertise in one or more taxonomic groups, field ecological methods and statistical analyses. The position is a 5 year full time position, salary according to E 13 TV-L The successful candidate will contribute to existing research fields and education at the department, but is also expected to develop innovative research projects in areas of own expertise. Applications with the usual documents (application letter starting the motivation, CV and certificates) should be sent, preferably by email, to Prof. Dr Klaus Birkhofer (a single pdf file. max 5MB) stating the reference until 19.11.2017. Email:

Further details can be found here.

PhD position in Evolutionary Ecology, Department of Aquatic Ecology, Zurich, Switzerland

The Center for Ecology, Evolution, and Biogeochemistry in Switzerland has a 4-yr PhD position open to study the evolutionary ecology of aquatic ecosystems. The aim of the project is to understand the interactions between rapid trait evolution, community dynamics, and ecosystem functions. The project can involve a combination of quantitative genetics of functional traits, large-sale experiments in mesocosms and ponds, and comparative work on relationship between functional trait variation of stickleback and the biomass and community composition of their prey. The experimental work will be based in Switzerland, and some of the field-work will be conducted in Southern Greenland.

Please apply by 15 November 2017 using the following link:

For further information please contact Dr. Blake Matthews by email:



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