Postdoctoral Position at the University of São Paulo (USP)

A 3-year post-doctoral fellowship is available as part of a FAPESP (www.fapesp.br) project entitled “Dimensions US-BIOTA-São Paulo: A multidisciplinary framework for biodiversity prediction in the Brazilian Atlantic forest hotspot” (FAPESP number process - 2013/50297-0; project websitehttp://www.bv.fapesp.br/pt/auxilios/82209/dimensions-us-biota-sao-paulo-integrando-disciplinas-para-a-predicao-da-biodiversidade-da-floresta-a/).

The specific post-doctoral project of this announcement refers to the subprojec “Alpha, beta, phylogenetic and functional diversity of harvestmen (Arachnida-Opiliones) of the Atlantic Forest”. The goal of this subproject is to inventory several aspects of the diversity of harvestmen communities of the Atlantic Forest, and to relate those patterns with environmental and historical factors.

The candidate is expected to organize and perform field expeditions to collect arachnids, to manage and analyze large datasets, and to work in group and supervise graduate and undergraduate students. Familiarity with the taxonomy of Atlantic Forest Opiliones is also encouraged. Fluency in Portuguese is required to elaborate permit requests to national (ICMBIO) and regional environmental institutions, and applicants must have a driver’s license valid in Brazil.

In addition to the tasks inherent to this subproject, applicants will also have to develop activities related to the Dimensions US-BIOTA project, as preparing field expeditions and organizes and store biological material for DNA extraction.

Applicants must possess the following qualifications

-          A Ph.D. (concluded in the previous three years) in Zoology or Ecology;

-          Published works in the fields of community ecology and/or arachnid communities;

-          Applicants should not have other employment or income source.

To apply, candidates must provide: 1 – their curriculum vitae; 2 – two recommendations letters; 3 – a short statement (up to three pages) about their previous experience and works on the field, research interest and motivation for working in the present project.

Fellowship: R$ 70,905.60 per year (aprox. US$ 31,950.00); FAPESP fellowships are tax free (see details at http://www.fapesp.br/en/5427.

Application starts October, 1st, 2013 and ends November, 1st,, 2013. Documents must be sent by email to the coordinator of the project - Dr. Cristina Yumi Miyaki, Dep. of Biology – Institute of Bioscience - University of São Paulo.  For further information please contact Dr. Miyaki at cymiyaki@usp.br.

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