Over the last decade, research on plant-pollinator interactions has mostly focused only on diurnal pollinators and neglected nocturnal pollinators. Consequently, our current understanding of plant-pollinator interaction networks is very incomplete. Simultaneously artificial lighting is rapidly increasing worldwide, but almost nothing is known about how it affects nocturnal pollinator communities. Main objectives of the proposed project are to advance our understanding and relevance of nocturnal plant-pollinator interactions, and how they are affected by increased light pollution. The project comprises field work during day and night as well as statistical modelling of plant-pollinator networks.
The ideal candidate is a highly motivated researcher with a master degree in Biology/Ecology or closely related discipline. He/She should have skills in conducting and coordinating field work and in processing and analysing large data sets (preferably using R). For field work a driver’s licence is mandatory. Ideally, the candidate would have proven experience in scientific writing in English. A working knowledge in German would be advantageous, for communicating with local land owners. The language spoken in the research group is English. The position will be available from February 2015 at the PhD salary rates of the Swiss National Science Foundation.
The PhD project will be supervised by PD Dr. Eva Knop at the University of Bern. Please send your curriculum vitae, including previous research experience and publication list (if available), together with a short motivation letter (with the names and addresses of two referees) as one PDF file to Eva Knop.