[Denmark] PhD Scholarship in Herbivory, aboveground-belowground interactions at climate change at University of Copenhagen

PhD Scholarship in Herbivory, aboveground-belowground interactions at climate change at University of Copenhagen

Applications are invited for a PhD scholarship within the following subject area:
Herbivory, aboveground-belowground interactions at climate change Herbivory is an important process in terrestrial ecosystems that depends on climate change effects on the plant as well as on the herbivore. The task of the present PhD is to assess the impact of climate change on invertebrate herbivores above and belowground and the interaction of these herbivores with other organisms consuming plant carbon – in particular from the rhizosphere biota. The project should also assess insect diversity and population development under climate change. The project will be rooted in functional ecology and include a strong aspect of conservation e.g. heathland and grassland management.

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Place of Work: Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen Contact: Professor Søren Christensen, email: schristensen@bio.ku.dk

The scholarship are associated with the PhD program COGCI (Copenhagen Global Change Initiative, http://www.cogci.dk/) at the Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen and the VKR Center of Excellence CLIMAITE (http://www.climaite.dk/).

Applicants must hold an MSc degree in a discipline of relevance for the research project. Applicants who have completed four years of full-time university studies may also be accepted under the 4+4 curriculum. The scholarships are open to both Danish and international applicants.

An assessment committee will be appointed by the PhD program for evaluating the applications, and selected applicants may be invited for interviews. The applicant will be appointed by the Department, and the final selection of the successful candidates will be made by the Head of Department, based on the recommendations made by the committee.

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Successful candidates will then be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD school of Science, University of Copenhagen. More information on the PhD study program can be found at http://www.science.ku.dk/phd/. Terms of appointment and payment are in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Federation of Professional Associations (AC). Commencing salary will be a minimum of DKK 300,174 per year (April 2010 level) plus pension contribution and possibility to negotiate wage. The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

Further information can be obtained from the supervisor of the project.

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Applicants are requested to submit an application by filling Part 1 of the application form that can be downloaded from http://www.science.ku.dk/phd/applying/forms/.

Applications should be e-mailed as one pdf-file to job4@bio.ku.dk. Please mark the subject line with your name and “Herbivory, aboveground-belowground interactions at climate change”. In addition, a signed hardcopy of the application must be posted to “Søren Christensen, Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen, Øster Farimagsgade 2D, 1353 Copenhagen K, Denmark.

The deadline for receipt of applications is August 23rd, 2010 at 12:00 noon. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered. Applications with insufficient documentation, or applications that do not comply with the above requirements, will not be considered.

Deadline: August, 23rd 2010