Student Opportunity Announcements

PhD position in spring restoration and bioassessment

PhD position (3 yrs) in spring restoration and assessment (University of Oulu)

“Spring restoration and the ‘field of dreams’ principle: do taxonomic structure and ecosystem functions recover after restoration?”

Freshwater springs are an important component of forest landscape biodiversity.However, spring
habitats have suffered from land-use disturbance, and their unique biota is
rapidly becoming threatened. Despite considerable efforts in development of
bioassessment of surface waters, the management and conservation guidelines for
springs and other groundwater-dependent ecosystems are practically nonexistent.

Restoration of springs is at its infancy, and there is little consensus about restoration success, let
alone restoration practices. The aim of this project is to provide
science-based information for the establishment of guidelines for the
restoration and conservation of these invaluable components of boreal forest landscapes.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated person who has a good basic knowledge in community ecology and conservation biology. The applicant is expected to be fluent in written and spoken English and adhere to an independent and exact working style. The
applicant should have master´s degree in ecology or limnology or should be very
close (within a few months) to completing the degree. Skills in numerical
ecology are considered a bonus.  

Contact
for more information:

Dr. Jussi Jyväsjärvi, jussi.jyvasjarvi@oulu.fi,
tel. +358 50 361 2235

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The deadline for the applications is 4.15 pm in 16 December 2013.

The start date is flexible but should be early 2014.

The applications should be accompanied with updated CV, a short letter of motivation, and contact information of two references. Applications should be sent by email to Jussi
Jyväsjärvi (see above).