Utrecht University: PhD Position in Grassland Biodiversity, Netherlands 2012

The Environmental Science Group at the department of Innovation and Environmental Sciences is calling applicants for the position of PhD researcher Grassland biodiversity. You will participate in the project “Biodiversity restoration in grasslands; understanding the role of plant traits and their plasticity in N:P-stoichiometry and competition” financed by the Netherlands Science Foundation (NWO). Human-induced eutrophication causes local and regional species extinctions in a variety of ecosystems, including many grasslands, which are among the most diverse ecosystems in Europe. Loss of grassland diversity is assumed to be driven in particular by nitrogen (N) enrichment. Classical plant competition theories state that increased N-availability in European grasslands would favour a few fast growing species, with traits that enable them to outcompete slower growing species that thrive under relatively N-poor conditions.

You hold a MSc (or equivalent) degree in a relevant field e.g. environmental science, ecology, ecohydrology, biology, with proven experience with setting up and running (field) experiments, statistical analysis of data, and hands on experience with mathematical modelling with MATLAB and/or other relevant programming software. Experience in the development and analysis of plant competition models is considered an advantage. Good proficiency of English is required.

Scholarship Deadline: 01/01/2012

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