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Reference : UPR2001-STAJAC-001
Workplace : MOULIS
Date of publication : Monday, December 20, 2021
Type of Contract : FTC Scientist
Contract Period : 24 months
Expected date of employment : 1 April 2022
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : Between € 2,663.79 and € 3,783.24 gross monthly depending on experience.
Desired level of education : PhD
Experience required : Indifferent
Individuals that choose to leave a habitat to join another are often phenotypically different from those that stay in this habitat. The major consequences of non-random dispersal decisions that are both phenotype- and context-dependent have been recently developed under habitat choice theory. Compared to random dispersal, this theory predicts that habitat choice based dispersal should generate spatial heterogeneity of phenotypes and thus lead to drastically different consequences for a variety of ecological and evolutionary dynamics such as range distribution, metapopulation dynamics and local adaptation. However, our comprehension of what drives the evolution of habitat choice and its ensuing consequences remains weak, especially because of the lack of experimental approaches dedicated to testing theoretical predictions.
The postdoc project specifically aims at testing experimentally theoretical predictions about the conditions required for habitat choice evolution, and its interactions with local strategies like phenotypic plasticity. The hired postdoc will join a dynamic team whose research interests range from understanding the genetic mechanisms underlying individual phenotypes, including dispersal, to the consequences of variability in phenotypic strategies for populations, communities and ecosystems, using both theory and experiments.
We are looking for a highly motivated and dynamic candidate with deep conceptual interests in evolutionary ecology. Previous experience in microbiology is beneficial but not mandatory.
The position will be supervised by Staffan Jacob, and will closely interact with Bart Haegeman plus other membres of the team involved in the project, at the Theoretical and Experimental Ecology Station.
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