For our ERC-Synergy project Pathways of resilience and evasion of tipping in ecosystems (RESILIENCE
), Utrecht University offers two postdoc positions for motivated candidates with a scientific background in the field of mathematics, ecology, environmental sciences or physics, preferably spanning two of the disciplines, and with excellent English language skills. Your job
There is an urgent need to understand the effects that global change can have on the Earth, its system components and ecosystems. One area of critical concern is the imminent abrupt and irreversible critical transitions of ecosystems through tipping points. Recent discoveries indicate that such tipping could be evaded and even reversed in ecosystems through spatial pattern formation, thereby creating pathways of resilience.
The aim of RESILIENCE is to fundamentally advance our understanding and predictions of tipping points and critical transitions in ecosystems and reveal how these can be evaded and even reversed through spatial pattern formation. RESILIENCE will develop a new theory for emerging resilience through spatial pattern formation and link this with real tipping-prone biomes undergoing accelerating global change: savanna and tundra. You will benefit from the expertise of the four Principal Investigators (PIs) in the RESILIENCE project: Max Rietkerk
, an ecologist at Utrecht University, Arjen Doelman, a mathematician at Leiden University, Ehud Meron, a physicist at Ben-Gurion University, and Isla Meyers-Smith, an ecologist at the University of British Columbia.
In this postdoc project Savanna spatial community assembly
at Utrecht University, you will analyse existing and collect new spatial-temporal data on vegetation community composition from African forests to open savannas. This is to test the hypothesis that community re-assembly along with spatial pattern formation can evade forest-savanna-woodland tipping. You will work in a team through a joint approach, in close collaboration with PhD candidates, other postdocs and (senior) researchers from the different involved universities. You are expected to take initiative and a facilitating role in establishing and maintaining close collaborations between the different universities involved, and with the additional existing collaboration networks, as well as a mentoring role towards the collaborating PhD candidates.