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PhD Position in Age-Structured Plant Demography

Syddansk Universitet


The Interdisciplinary Centre on Population Dynamics (CPop) and the Department of Biology, University of Southern Denmark, invite applications for a three-year PhD position. The starting date of the position is 1 June 2019.

CPop-Biology focuses on the demography of non-human organisms including development and application of novel methods to study the dynamics of populations, its evolution and its consequences. We are interested in understanding the variation in demographic parameters across and within taxa, with focus on plants and animals. 

The successful candidate will work within the research project SEAD-Plant: Stage-, Environment- and Age-based Demography of Plants, funded by the Danish Council for Independent Research. The overall question of SEAD-Plant is: Do plants age? The PhD project will focus on collection and analysis of age- and stage-based demographic data as well as environmental data for plants, with the main aim to elucidate if and how the age of individuals affects demographic rates of a set of study species. Plant ages will primarily be determined using herb chronological methods. The student will be expected to shape the specific direction of their research project after discussion with the supervisor.

We are looking for a dynamic candidate with a background in biological sciences and a demonstrated interest in plant demography. The candidate should have excellent written and oral communication skills, experience with field work and some experience with statistical and demographical modelling. Experience with herb chronology, the R statistical programming language and working within a team of international collaborators would also be an advantage.

Deadline: 18 February 2019.

Please see the full call, including how to apply, on