Natural baseline in Europe at the dawn of the cultural landscape

Aarhus Universitet (AU)

Ph.d. & forskning
Praktikplads
Østjylland (Aarhus)

Please note that due to Marie Sklodowska-Curie ITN requirements, the deadline for applying for this TerraNova PhD project is 15 April 2019 at 17:00 (5 PM) MET.
Applications for TerraNova received after this time point will not be reviewed.

Applications are invited for a PhD fellowship/scholarship at Graduate School of Science and Technology, Aarhus University, Denmark, within the Bioscience programme. The position is available from 1 October 2019.

Title:
Natural baseline in Europe at the dawn of the cultural landscape

Research area and project description:
To inform current nature conservation and restoration, it is crucial to improve our understanding our natural baselines for European ecosystems. This is especially true for developing landscape management approaches centered on rewilding, i.e., reduced or no ongoing human management. Trophic interactions and disturbances play key roles in maintaining biodiversity in natural ecosystems, but their roles in European ecosystems remain poorly understood. Hence, there is a strong need to improve our understanding of natural disturbance regimes (e.g. fire and herbivory) and their interactions with the landscape in Europe. To set near-natural baselines the nearest relevant past time period is early to mid-Holocene just prior to the spread of agriculture across the region. Key issues to address for that time is the historical distribution of land covers and disturbance agents in landscapes of Europe on continental and field laboratory scale, with the balance between open and closed habitats a key issue. Against this background, this PhD position will: 1) Map and database the Early-Mid Holocene natural disturbance regimes and land cover; 2) Conduct a comprehensive analysis of the dynamics between disturbances and land-covers; 3) Construct an Early-Mid Holocene land cover map of Europe (using output from 1 & 2). This will be addressed via paleo- and macroecological modelling, based on integration of existing large databases on pollen, charcoal, megafauna, culture, as well as topography and other physical features, estimating disturbance regimes and their ecological impacts.

The PhD student will be jointly supervised by

  • Prof. Jens-Christian Svenning (Center for Biodiversity Dynamics in a Changing World (BIOCHANGE) and Section for Ecoinformatics & Biodiversity, Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University),
  • Prof. Dr. Henrique Miguel Pereira (Biodiversity Conservation group, German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv), Martin-Luther Universität Halle-Wittenberg), and
  • Dr. Ms. Chantal van Ham (The IUCN Regional Office for Europe).

Three secondments will take place at the Department for Environmental Geography, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique CNRS, France; Biodiversity Conservation group, German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv), Martin-Luther Universität Halle-Wittenberg; International Union for Conservation of Nature, IUCN.

The PhD project is part of TerraNova (The European Landscape Learning Initiative: Past and Future Environments and Energy Regimes shaping Policy Tools), a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network aimed at improving our diachronic long-term understanding of landscape histories and land use strategies in Europe in the Holocene and Anthropocene. Previously identified socio-cultural transitions and the effects of natural forcing’s will be critically assessed in a new intellectual interdisciplinary arena created by the TerraNova project in 15 new PhD positions. Regional and continental syntheses will be used to anchor a new generation of landscape and climate change models, which include the effects of past human actions and generate scenarios for landscape management and rewilding. Ultimately, this project will contribute to identifying major previous shifts in resource use and energy regimes and provide options for the future transition to a low carbon society.

TerraNova offers:

  • A challenging position in a socially involved organization.
  • Remuneration according to the conditions of Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions (MSCA).
  • Be part of a team of leading scientists in different fields of academia and commerce (science, landscape management, modelling and imaging techniques).
  • Prestigious EU fellowship.
  • Develop multi-, inter- and transdisciplinary research skills.
  • Excellent training programme covering human-environment interaction, landscape histories, reconstruction, and management, energy regimes and spatial planning, among others.
  • Establish a professional network in academia, business organizations and NGO’s.
  • Internships and visits to different disciplinary institutes within industry and academia.

Qualifications and specific competences:
We seek an excellent, highly motivated candidate with an MSc (or equivalent degree) in Ecology, Environmental Science, Conservation Science, Geography or related fields. We expect a strong interest in macro- and paleoecology as well as in European ecosystems and wildlife in general. Mandatory skills include a sound background in geographic information systems, statistics and the R statistical environment. Experience with paleobotanical data is also an advantage.

Please be sure that you fulfil the eligibility criteria for Marie Sklodowska-Curie ITN, i.e. you must be an Early-Stage Researcher (ESR): http://change-itn.eu/vacancies/eligibility-criteria/ - and please confirm this as a point in your CV.

Place of employment and place of work:
The place of employment and work is Center for Biodiversity Dynamics in a Changing World (BIOCHANGE) and Section for Ecoinformatics & Biodiversity (ECOINF), co-located in the Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University, Ny Munkegade 114, DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark.

BIOCHANGE is a center of excellence focused on improving our understanding, predictive capacity, and responses to the ongoing and future dynamics in biodiversity under global change. ECOINF harbours strong expertise in macroecology as well as ecology and biodiversity broadly. Together BIOCHANGE and ECOINF constitute an ambitious, collaborative and highly international research community.

Contacts:
Applicants seeking further information are invited to contact: Professor Jens-Christian Svenning, Email: svenning@bios.au.dk, Phone: +45 87156571, Cell: +45 28992304.

Application procedures

Before you applyInformation and attachments:
Please be aware that you must have all relevant appendices, attachments, addresses for referees, etc. ready when you apply, as the entire application must be uploaded to the system in one go.

Documentation of language skills:
The English language requirement at GSST is comparable to an “English B level” in the Danish upper secondary school (“gymnasium”).

English language qualifications comparable to an “English B level” are documented by one of the following tests:

  • TOEFL test, minimum score: 560 (paper-based test) or 83 (internet-based test). The paper-based test must have a “total score”. From the August 2019 call, GSST will no longer accept the paper-based test.
    Aarhus University does not accept the TOEFL ITP test. Aarhus University’s TOEFL code is 8935. Ask the test centre to send your test results to Aarhus University, in order to enable verification of your test results.
  • IELTS (academic) test, minimum average score: 6.5 points
  • Cambridge English Language Assessment:
    Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency (CPE)
    Cambridge English: Certificate of Advanced English with grade A,B or C (CAE)
    Cambridge English: First Certificate with grade A (FCE)

When to take the test and how to upload the documentation:
The test result must not be more than two years old at the time of application.

The English language test should be taken before applying for admission and uploaded under “language skills documentation” in the online application form.

It is possible to apply for admission before you have taken the test. In this case documentation stating that you have signed up for a test (please state expected submission date) must be uploaded. If the test result is not part of the original application the test result is to be sent to sphd@psys.au.dk no later than one month after the application deadline.

The following applicants are exempted from documenting their English qualifications/taking a test:

  • Applicants with citizenship from the following countries: Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States, or one of the Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway or Sweden).
  • Applicants with a Bachelor’s or Master’s programme completed in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, or the United States. In this case, please upload your Bachelor’s or Master’s diploma under the section ”Language skills documentation”.
  • Applicants with a Bachelor’s or Master’s programme completed at Aarhus University for which the requirement was English B level at the time of admission. In this case, please upload your Bachelor’s or Master’s diploma under the section” Language skills documentation”.

The programme committee may request further information or invite the applicant to attend an interview.

How to apply:
1) Find the application form:
Go to www.phd.scitech.au.dk/for-applicants/apply-here - Note, the online application system opens on 1 March 2019.
Choose May 2019 Call. You will then be directed to the call, and must choose the programme 'Bioscience'.

Please note that due to Marie Sklodowska-Curie ITN requirements, the deadline for applying for this TerraNova PhD project is 15 April 2019 at 17:00 (5 PM) MET.
Applications for TerraNova received after this time point will not be reviewed.

2) Fill in the following information:

  • Personal information
  • Academic background
  • Admission
  • Financing (if any)
  • Study: In the dropdown menu you must choose the project: "Natural baseline in Europe at the dawn of the cultural landscape"
  • Source (how you found out about the call)

Next to some of the information fields you will find a number. Click on the number to get further directions on how to fill in the information field/what information is needed.

3) Application attachments:
Please be aware that you cannot submit the application if one or several of these documents have not been uploaded.

If you wish to upload more than one document under each section, you must scan/merge all documents into one large PDF file and upload this. Please note that we reserve the right to remove scientific papers, large reports, theses and the like. Instead you can indicate a URL where the information is available.

Please note that all information in the application must be in Danish or English.

As a minimum all applications must include (pdf-files only, max. 20 MB, no zip):

  • One reference (template for references)
  • Curriculum vitae - Please confirm that you fulfil the eligibility criteria for Marie Sklodowska-Curie ITN
  • Motivation (max. 1 page)
  • Transcripts, grade point averages (weighted and unweighted), and diploma(s) for both Bachelor’s and Master’s degree
  • Project description (½-4 pages). For technical reasons, you must upload a project description. When - as here - you apply for a specific project, please simply copy the project description above, and upload it as a PDF in the application. If you wish to, you can indicate an URL where further information can be found. Please note that we reserve the right to remove scientific papers, large reports, theses and the like.
  • Documentation of language skills if required.

After submission of the application, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with an application ID, you should use for reference if needed. The e-mail will also include a link to the application – GSST urges you to check that all mandatory data, marked with an asterisk (*), is registered correctly and all attached files are readable. If there are any significant errors, you should reply to the confirmation e-mail with the correct details before the application deadline.

GSST reserves the right to verify the authenticity of your educational diploma and transcripts:

  • Request additional information to verify an application.
  • Reject the application if it is proven, or if the University has reasonable belief, that the information provided is false or if the applicant refuses to provide the requested information, whether or not an offer has already been made.
  • For further information on applying, assessment procedures, etc. please see the GSST application guide.

Please note:

  • The programme committee may request further information or invite the applicant to attend an interview.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background.


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