Calls and announcements

Postdoctoral position and Technical position (CSIC)

Forthcoming publication of a call for a postdoctoral contract and a contract for technical staff in the IMIB Mountain Ecosystems and Global Change Research Group (projects PID2020-015259GB-100 and IDI/2021/000075).
Contact for information and application support:

Postdoctoral contract requirements

- PhD IN BIOLOGY or similar field (the validation by a Spanish University is requested).
- Knowledge of Ecology (preferably plant ecology), statistics and modelling skills, good writing skills in English.

Technical staff contract requirements

- BACHELOR'S or DEGREE in Biology or Environmental Sciences.
- Experience in field work, knowledge of plant ecology or botany.

PhD position on plant community ecology

Deadline: 15 September, 2020

TOPIC: "Seed traits and microclimate in alpine plant communities"

See the pdf of this announcement here

We are seeking a PhD candidate to develop a research project on plant community ecology supervised by Borja Jiménez-Alfaro at the Research Unit of Biodiversity (IMIB, Mieres, Spain).

The IMIB is a young research centre offering a multidisciplinary, international, and high-level research atmosphere dealing with different topics on biodiversity. The researcher will study seed traits related to dispersal, persistence, and germination, to be analyzed with microclimatic data collected in alpine communities of the Cantabrian mountains. The work will combine fieldwork in mountain environments with laboratory experiments, with the goal of understanding plant-trait-environment relationships in alpine vegetation.

Funding program
The position will be funded by the 2020 FPI doctoral fellowship program of the Spanish Ministry of Science, linked to the project SEEDALP – Seed ecological spectrum of alpine plant communities, funded for the period 2020-2024. The successful candidate will sign a 4-years fulltime contract at the University of Oviedo (Asturias, Spain). The position includes additional budget for international research stays and for covering University doctoral fees.

Prospect candidates must apply to the predoctoral training program of the Ministry of Science, which is planned to open in September-October 2020 (Check-out here the 2019 call).
To be eligible, candidates must have completed a bachelor’s and a master´s degree (or a minimum of 300 ECTS either in BSc or in BSc + MSc studies).
Selection criteria will prioritize candidates with:
• A BSc and a MSc in Biology, Environmental Sciences or similar disciplines.
• Demonstrated skills and experience in plant ecology and related topics.
• Ability to conduct field work in mountain environments, experience in statistical analysis with R and laboratory work, fluent English, communication skills, and car driving license.

How to apply
Before preparing their application, potential candidates are highly recommended to contact the PI of the project (Dr. Borja Jiménez-Alfaro, between 15 August and 15 September 2020, in order to evaluate her/his eligibility for the position and the suitability of the candidate's CV for the selection criteria.

PhD candidate wanted for project on Arctic terrestrial ecology

We are looking for a motivated PhD candidate to apply for PhD funding from regional (Severo Ochoa) and national (FPU) calls to join our research group on Arctic terrestrial ecology as a doctoral student. The student would be registered at University of Oviedo, Asturias, and based at the Biodiversity Research Institute in Mieres. However, there would be close collaborative links with The Autonomous University of Barcelona (Dr Jordi Bartolomé Filella) and Stockholm University, Sweden (Dr Karin Norén).

The project would use existing data on vascular plants, arthropods and vertebrates from high arctic Greenland to evaluate the consequences of local and regional community assembly processes on the structure of trophic interactions, and interpret the results from a climate change perspective. The work will be primarily laboratory and data driven, but with opportunities for some additional field work during the PhD period. Since the project is an international collaboration, good communication skills in English will be required. Good GIS and R skills will be a benefit. We are looking for students with at least an 8.0 grade point average, or equivalent in terms of foreign candidates. Citizens from all EU countries would be eligible, but all foreign applicants need to hold a degree that allow them access to PhD studies in their home country at the time of application.

Please send a brief letter of interest an a CV in English as pdf files to Fredrik Dalerum (, who can also be contacted for any questions. We will keep this solicitation open until a suitable candidate has been identified.

PhD position on biodiversity (PID2020-115259GB-I00)

Application deadline: November 11, 2021, 2 pm

PhD contract at the Biodiversity Research Institute (CSIC – Oviedo University – Principality of Asturias):

Ayudas para contratos predoctorales para la formación de doctores 2021

The project PID2020-115259GB-I00 addresses the connections between biodiversity at different levels of the biological organization, and how global change effects scale up and down across levels (population, species, clades and communities). The project includes field and laboratory work, and data analysis.

Before applying interested persons are advised to send the CV and brief letter of interest in English to Paola Laiolo ( Knowledge in botany and ecology, and communication skills in English, will be a benefit.