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University Assistant Predoctoral, Life Sciences

Vienna (Landbezirke) (AT)
Closing date
20 Dec 2023

50 Faculty of Life Sciences
Startdate: 01.12.2023 | Working hours: 30 | Collective bargaining agreement: §48 VwGr. B1 Grundstufe (praedoc)
Limited until: 30.11.2027
Reference no.: 1415

Among the many good reasons to want to research and teach at the University of Vienna, there is one in particular, which has convinced around 7,500 academic staff members so far. They see themselves as personalities who need space for their continuous striving and curiosity in order to be able to be More than 7,500 academics at the University of Vienna thrive on continuous exploration and curiosity and help us better understand our world. Does this sound like you? Then join our accomplished team!

Your personal sphere of influence

A 3 years (30 h) PhD position is available at the Division of BioInvasions, Macroecology & Global Change at the Department of Botany and Biodiversity Research. A main research focus of the Division is understanding and predicting the effects of environmental changes on the distribution and diversity of biota. In addition, we study biodiversity-society interactions and the ramifications of biodiversity loss for human livelihoods. We aim to expand this line of research with a new PhD-position on studying the accumulation of alien species across scales.

Your future tasks

The successful candidate will lead a project to study which factors are responsible for the discrepancy between the ongoing and strong accumulation of alien species in regional species pools, and the fact that only a low proportion of local communities are invaded. The following questions are going to be addressed:

  1. Was regional accumulation of alien species over the last century paralleled by a concomitant accumulation of aliens in local communities?
  2. Are alien species with longer residence times in the regional species pool distributed across (a) more local communities of the same type and (b) more local communities of different types?
  3. Are there any signs of saturation in the accumulation of species in local communities, or to the contrary, do we see signs of acceleration (e.g. as a result of higher propagule pressure and / or environmental changes)?
  4. The candidate will develop, for selected regions and taxonomic groups, a computer model that selects species from the regional species pool into local communities, depending on residence time and native: alien ratio in the regional species pool, parameterize the model, and use it to (a) quantify lag times, (b) analyse differences in lag times among community types, and (c) make projections of the future progress of accumulation of alien species in local communities using different scenarios of future biological invasions.

The successful candidate will be responsible for leading this project in close collaboration with his supervisors, Assoc.-Prof. Dr. Franz Essl, Prof. Dr. Stefan Dullinger and Dr. Hanno Seebens (Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre).

Ideally, the candidate should have expertise in invasion science and statistics with a good understanding of mathematical modelling techniques. The candidate should have a deep interest in acquiring skills in relevant methods, and in getting familiar with the state of knowledge in the research field. Discussing and developing ideas with colleagues in the team-oriented work culture of the Division is expected.

This part of your personality

Master degree in biology, (bio)mathematics or physics (or equivalent)

  • Experience in the fields of global change science and/or ecology
  • Experience in statistical methods (preferably R)
  • Experience and interest in the work with large-scale ecological and environmental data sets
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English (and preferably German)
  • Ability and willingness to work in teams

What we offer

Work-life balance: Our employees enjoy flexible, family-friendly working hours, remote/hybrid and/or part-time work (upon agreement).

Inspiring working atmosphere: You are a part of an international academic team in a healthy and fair working environment.

Good public transport connections: Your workplace in the center of beautiful Vienna is easily accessible by public transport.

Internal further training & Coaching: Opportunity to deepen your skills on an ongoing basis. There are over 600 courses to choose from – free of charge.

Fair salary: The basic salary of EUR 3277,30 (on a full-time basis) increases if we can credit professional experience.

Equal opportunities for everyone: We look forward to diverse personalities in the team!

The employment relationship is initially limited to 1.5 years and is automatically extended to a total of 3 years, unless the employer submits a declaration of non-renewal after a maximum of 12 months.

It is that easy to apply

  • With your scientific curriculum vitae / letter of intent
  • With your letter of motivation (German or English)
  • With your list of publications
  • Master Degree  /  Diploma
  • Via our job portal/ Apply now -  button

For any questions, please contact Franz Essl ( Deadline for applications is 14/11/2023.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Franz Essl

We look forward to new personalities in our team! 
The University of Vienna has an anti-discriminatory employment policy and attaches great importance to equal opportunities, the advancement of women and diversity. We lay special emphasis on increasing the number of women in senior and in academic positions among the academic and general university staff and therefore expressly encourage qualified women to apply. Given equal qualifications, preference will be given to female candidates.

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