PhD position in Biology (macroevolution) – University of Gothenburg

Publicerat av Alexandre Antonelli --

Dear colleagues,

Please help us advertise this fully funded PhD position in Biology to any potential candidates.

The applicant will work on macroevolutionary analyses of living and extinct taxa. The project, funded through a Wallenberg Academy Fellowship, aims at identifying major drivers of speciation and extinction through time and space. We aim at answering questions such as why some lineages have produced many more species and genera than others; how climate change has affected biodiversity in the past; which regions, biomes and traits are most closely associated with the evolutionary success of clades; how clades compete with each other over evolutionary time; what is the biogeographical history of particular lineages; and what is the influence of phenotypic traits on biogeographical processes.

The project will involve compiling (or generating) and analysing phylogenetic and fossil data, and potentially the development of methods aimed at macro evolutionary inferences. The details of the project can be adjusted based on the candidate´s skills and interests.

A full description and information on how to apply can be found at:


(and in Swedish):


Many thanks and best wishes,



Alexandre Antonelli, PhD

Wallenberg Academy Fellow

Associate professor, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences,

University of Gothenburg

Lab homepage: http://antonelli-lab.net

Job opening at GBIF: system administrator

Publicerat av GBIF.org --

GBIF is seeking to recruit a talented system administrator to join its informatics team. The chosen candidate will be tasked with leading all aspects of system operations - from procurement, installation, deployment, monitoring and updates to network, security and backups.

The deadline for application is 25 June.

More details are in our opportunities section.

GBIF France launches new national data portal for biodiversity

Publicerat av GBIF.org --


GBIF France has launched the Atlas of Living France, a new data portal providing access to more than 17 million biodiversity data records published by French institutions.

The launch coincided with the meeting of the GBIF France Steering Committee.

The website, which allows users to explore occurrence records and metadata, uses open-source code developed by GBIF’s Australian Participant, the Atlas of Living Australia (ALA). The new French atlas is the second national portal developed with the ALA’s tools, coming on the heels of GBIF Spain’s release last year. 

“The workshops held by the ALA in Canberra and Paris were really helpful in getting an understanding of the architecture of the portal," said Marie-Elise Lecoq from GBIF France.

“Feedback from GBIF Spain about the development of their site made my work easier," she added. Front-end development of the portal took three months. The portal imports its 17 million records via the GBIF API. 

GBIF France expects to develop a mapping tool for published records, also based on ALA software, as the next stage of development.

A GBIF capacity enhancement project later this year will enlist Belgium, France, Spain and Portugal to translate tools and documentation for adapting ALA tools into French, Spanish and Portuguese.

For more information and feedback, please contact the GBIF France development team.

Vacant Postdoctoral Fellow in Landscape Ecology at Stockholm University

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The Department of Physical Geography at Stockholm University seeks to employ a Postdoctoral Fellow for research on modelling the effect of time, surrounding matrix type and spatial arrangement on species sorting in fragmented habitats. Meta-analyses and generic modelling will be applied to test to what extent the observed patterns and landscape processes are valid for other landscapes. Present-day plant data and data from the 1890s and 1930s and historical maps will be used. The study areas are parts of the Stockholm archipelago (Sweden) and south Dorset (UK). The Postdoctoral Fellow will collaborate with Prof. J. Bullock at NERC Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Wallingford (UK). The Postdoctoral Fellow is expected to integrate with the research unit Biogeography and Geomatics and its master-programme in Landscape ecology. Qualification requirements Postdoctoral positions are appointed primarily for purposes of research.

Requirements: Applicants are expected to hold a Swedish doctoral degree (or an equivalent degree from another country) in Ecology or Biogeography or a closely related discipline. Assessment criteria: The degree should have been completed no more than three years before the deadline for application. An older degree may be acceptable under special circumstances, which may involve sick leave, parental leave, clinical attachment, elected positions in trade unions, or similar. In the appointment process, special attention will be given to research skills. Good qualifications in modelling spatial ecology and a proficiency in using geographical information systems and spatial statistics are required. Preference will be given to those with a background in plant community ecology. Experience of field work and grassland conservation is considered advantageous

Terms of employment: The position involves full-time employment for a maximum of two years, with the possibility of extension under special circumstances. Start date 1 December 2015 or as per agreement.

 Contact: Further information about the position can be obtained from Professor Sara Cousins, telephone: +46 8 16 47 67, sara.cousins@natgeo.su.se. Union representatives Anqi Lindblom-Ahlm (Saco-S) and Lisbeth Häggberg (Fackförbundet ST), telephone: +46 8 16 20 00 (operator), and Gunnar Stenberg (SEKO), telephone: +46 70 316 43 41.

Application: Apply for the position at Stockholm University's recruitment system by clicking the "Apply" button. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline. Please include the following information with your application:

Your contact details and personal data*

Your highest degree*

Your language skills

Contact details for 2–3 references.

Please include the following documents: Cover letter*, CV* – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of publications, Research proposal (no more than 3 pages) describing: – why you are interested in the field/project described in the advertisement – why and how you wish to complete the project – what makes you suitable for the project in question, Copy of PhD diploma*, Letters of recommendation (no more than 3 files), Publications in support of your application (no more than 3 files). Items marked with an asterisk (*) are obligatory. You are welcome to apply!