We are looking for an enthusiastic PhD student to explore the consequences of global warming for freshwater invertebrates in standing waters. The student will perform laboratory trials and outdoor experiments in heated mesocosms to examine the influence of realistic thermal regimes on individual thermal reaction norms, species interactions, and whole communities to understand the adaptive capacity of freshwater ectotherms to climate change, and the consequences for populations and communities.

The student will join our group at the Faculty of Science, University of South Bohemia and Institute of Entomology, Biology Centre CAS, Czech Republic (see also here). The research facility is in Ceske Budejovice, a relaxed city with ca 100,000 inhabitants within easy reach of Prague and Vienna. Our current group is multinational and regularly publishes in leading journals (e.g. Ecology Letters, Global Change Biology, Journal of Animal Ecology). The campus offers access to many other research groups and facilities, and the project is in collaboration with Assoc Prof Lumir Gvozdik (Institute of Vertebrate Biology CAS, Czech Republic), Assoc Prof Pavel Kratina (QMUL, UK) and Dr Bruno Carreira (University of Lisbon, Portugal).

Basic qualifications are a master degree or equivalent in ecology, entomology or hydrobiology and a strong interest in experimental and quantitative ecology. Previous experience with laboratory or outdoor experiments with aquatic invertebrates, including scientific publications, and statistical analyses in R is desirable. Candidates should be able to communicate and write fluently in English.

To apply, please send a CV, contact details for two references and cover letter stating qualifications, previous work and motivation for the position to David Boukal (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Claire Duchet (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by Monday 9 May 2022. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed on 11 and 12 May and final decision made immediately afterwards. The invited candidate will be expected to send a formal application to the Faculty of Science by 20 May, and faculty-level interviews will be held around 7 June. Successful candidates will be expected to start their PhD in September/October 2022 at the start of the winter semester.

The student will receive a scholarship for the 4-year PhD course from the University and part-time employment on an ongoing grant project, which is sufficient to cover living expenses in Czechia. Applicants from all countries are eligible.

For more information please contact David Boukal (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).