I am recruiting a Postdoctoral Fellow to join my research team at the Department of Biology, Lund University and to work on the causes and consequences of partial migration https://www.biology.lu.se/arne-hegemann. The postdoc fellow will be expected to contribute to ongoing projects investigating how immune function shapes partial migration. We are applying cutting-edge tracking technologies and fine-tuned combinations of field and lab work on two model systems, a bird species (Eurasian Blackbirds, Turdus merula) and a fish species (Roach, Rutilus rutilus). Depending on the candidate’s main expertise and interest, specific projects can be tailored towards either system. Main aims of the project are to understand if and how immune function shapes migratory decisions, and how animals adjust immune function to prepare for either migration or residency. We also investigate how these physiological adjustments affect survival and reproduction. Part of the project on Blackbirds may be done in collaboration with the group of Dr. Jesko Partecke at the Max Planck Institute for Animal Behaviour.
Candidates interested in understanding the mechanisms of partial migration (and other migratory decisions), in particular related to immune function, as well as the subsequent effects on fitness are encouraged to apply. Experience with field work is highly desirable, experience with eco-immunological lab work is an advantage. The fellow is expected to design and carry out research projects, to analyze the data, and present findings through presentations and peer-reviewed publications. The fellow will also have ample opportunity to both mentor and collaborate with undergraduate and graduate students.

The start date for the position is flexible, however sometime during spring 2020 is preferred. The PostDoc will receive a scholarship (approximately 24000 SEK/month) and the position is for two years. The PostDoc will work at the Department of Biology https://www.biology.lu.se/ , consisting of a vibrant community spanning many topics, in particular ecological and evolutionary research, including the Centre for Animal Movement Research https://www.canmove.lu.se/.

– Doctoral degree in animal ecology, migration ecology, eco-physiology or related discipline.
– Experience in designing and managing field studies.
– Experience with movement ecology or eco-physiology.
– Demonstrated record of publication of peer-reviewed literature.

Additional skills:
– Experience of lab work measuring aspects of immune function is an extra plus.
– Experience with experimental design is an advantage.

To apply, please submit a single pdf including
1) a cover letter motivating why you want to join the project and outlining relevant experience related to the position;
2) CV including a publication list and contact information for 2-3 referees.

The pdf should be send to [email protected] no later than 15 January 2020. Informal inquiries about the position are welcome.

Contact information: Dr. Arne Hegemann, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Lund University, Ecology Building (Sölvegatan 37), SE-223 62 Lund, Sweden, Phone: +46 46 222 37 81, Email: [email protected]