Sweden Jobs: Postdoc Position 2009 2010

1) Postdoctoral Scientists, Computational Ecological & Environmental Science
Group, Microsoft Research, Cambridge, UK.
The Computational Ecology & Environmental Science group at Microsoft Research, based in Cambridge,
England, has openings for postdoctoral research scientists in the following areas: ecological networks, plant
ecology, behavioural ecology, biodiversity and biogeography.

The CEES group undertakes research to deepen our understanding of critical fundamental and applied problems
in ecology and environmental science, and develops novel computational methods for addressing these
problems. The group has a strong scientific publication record, is very well resourced, has a sister group in
computational biology, and benefits from links to a software and tools team with whom we aim to develop
useable, freely available software for use by the scientific community. All members of the CEES group pursue
personal research agendas, as well as working closely with a wide range of external partners including senior
academics, co-supervised PhD students, and NGOs. CEES postdocs are expected to carry out novel scientific
research, and to publish this research in international peer-reviewed scientific journals; as well as engaging with
the mission of the group more widely.
A demonstrated interest and background in quantitative ecology / environmental science; interest in research at
the interface of ecology, biology, computer science and other related disciplines; and an interest in developing
and disseminating novel computational methods; are required. Interested candidates are welcome to contact any
member of the CEES for informal discussions prior to applying. Applications should include a statement of
research interests and curriculum vita. Review of applications will begin March 1st and continue until the
positions are filled.
Apply here: https://research.microsoft.com/apps/tools/jobs/fulltime.aspx Email: cambpdoc@microsoft.com

2) Postdoctoral Research Fellowiship in Landscape Ecology
Department of Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology, Stockholm University
(ref.no. 463-15-09)
Final date for applications: March 31, 2009.
The Department of Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology is one of the major departments within the
Faculty of Science at Stockholm University. The department has 120 employees and approximately 1500
students. The main research disciplines are Geomorphology, Glaciology, Climatology, Quaternary Geology,
Hydrology, Remote Sensing, Geographical Data Processing, Ecological Geography and Tropical Geography.
Teaching is oriented towards geography, earth sciences, geosciences and environmental protection.
Project description: We invite applications for a two-year post-doctoral fellowship within the topic of: Modelling
plant species dispersal in fragmented landscapes, at the Department of Physical Geography and Quaternary
Geology. The overall objective is to understand how past and present land use influence species dispersal and
diversity in fragmented landscapes with a high human impact. Specific objectives are to create a suitable
modelling platform for modelling plant dispersal at a landscape scale, and to model plant species dispersal based
on dispersal traits in real landscape with different pattern and human impact.
The study will be carried out in close collaboration with PhD-students and a senior researcher within the
landscape ecology group at the Department of Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology. Our main research
focus is historical land use influence on dispersal and diversity of grassland species in rural landscapes, and
analysing land use changes, plant functional types and species turnover and dispersal in the archipelago. We
have field sites in the Stockholm archipelago and also in rural landscapes on the mainland. The work is crossdisciplinary
with close collaborations with human geography and the different ecology departments at Stockholm
Qualifications for the research fellowship are a PhD in Biology or Ecology or closely related discipline, and good
qualifications in geographical information systems and spatial statistics. The applicant needs to have a PhD not
older than 5 years from a non-Swedish university.
Latest starting date is September 1, 2009.
Applications labelled “Postdoc ref.no. 463-15-09” should be posted to the address below and be post marked no
later than March 31, 2009. Applications should include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, copies of degree
certificates and transcripts of academic records (all attested) and a list of two persons who may act as references
(with phone numbers and email addresses).
Applications should be sent to: Stockholm University, Department of Physical Geography and Quaternary
Geology, Susanna Blåndman, SE-106 91 Stockholm, Sweden
For further information contact: Associate professor Sara Cousins +46 (0)8 16 47 67, e-mail:

3) 2 Postdoctoral positions, Department of Forest Ecology and Management,
Faculty of Forest Sciences, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU),
Umeå, Sweden:
(1) Post-doctoral position in Forest Regeneration
(2) Post-doctoral position in Aboveground-Belowground Feedbacks
The positions are both fully financed for two years will be based in the Department of Forest Ecology
and Management. The post-doctoral researchers will be working in an active research environment
with up to date laboratory facilities, glasshouse and access to field sites. Much of the work will be
field-based. All the field work for the forest regeneration position will be based in the boreal forest of
northern Sweden. Half the field work for the aboveground-belowground feedback position will also be
based in northern Sweden while half will be based in temperate forests in New Zealand.
(1) Forest Regeneration Position (Ref No 251-169/09): There is much recent interest in the
interactions between various disturbance types and forest regeneration in the Swedish boreal forest,
especially given the importance of management and fire regime as ecological drivers in boreal
forests. This position will investigate how disturbance intensity may affect resource partitioning,
resource use and spatial variability of naturally regenerating tree seedlings in the Swedish boreal
forest. As such it will contribute to our understanding of manipulation of natural and anthropogenic
disturbances as a tool for forest management. The scope of this position is deliberately broad, and will
be adapted to suit the specific research interests of the researcher that is appointed.
(2) Aboveground- Belowground Feedback position (Ref No 251-170/09) This position will involve
two components. (1) Fire intensity effects in the Swedish boreal forest. Wildfire is the main natural
disturbance regime in boreal forests in Sweden. This work will involve characterizing the role of fire
intensity (in terms of both canopy disturbance and humus burning) on aboveground and belowground
processes that are relevant to ecosystem functioning and biogeochemical processes; (2) Invasive
mammals in the New Zealand rainforest. New Zealand represents an excellent ‘outdoor laboratory’ for
studying ecosystem consequences of recent invasion by alien species. This work will involve how
invasive mammals in New Zealand rainforest drive aboveground-belowground feedbacks. The scope
of both components is deliberately broad, and will be adapted to suit the specific research interests of
the researcher that is appointed. It is expected that the researcher will travel to New Zealand each
year for fieldwork while remaining based in Umeå.
Qualifications for these positions are a PhD in Biology, Ecology or Forestry.
Applications for either or both positions should include a written application, including curriculum vitae,
a brief description of research interests, and a list of at least two references familiar with the
applicant’s qualifications.
Read more about SLU: http://www.slu.se/
Further information about the Forest Regeneration position: Professor Marie-Charlotte Nilsson
Hegethorn SLU Umeå, Department of Forest Ecology and Management, e-mail: Marie-
Charlotte.Nilsson@svek.slu.se tel. +46 90 786 84 40
Further information about the Aboveground-Belowground feedback position: Professor David Wardle
SLU Umeå, Department of Forest Ecology and Management, e-mail: David.Wardle@svek.slu.se tel.
+46 90 786 8471
Applications, marked with Ref No 251-169/09 (Forest Regeneration) and with Ref No 251-170/09
(Aboveground-Belowground Feedbacks), must have arrived at the Registrar of SLU, P.O. Box 7070,
S- 750 07 Uppsala or registrator@slu.se no later than March 10 2009.


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