PhD Student in Sciences: IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE ON INTERACTIONS BETWEEN AQUATIC AND TERRESTRIAL ECOSYSTEMS IN EUROPEAN HEATHLANDS.
The mechanisms of climatic control on biodiversity and foodwebs in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems and zones of their interface are understood very poorly. The PhD candidate will seek to understand how the dynamics of water fluxes, food webs and associated biogeochemical cycles are affected by climate change, following realistic climate change scenarios modelled at the Ecotron and Mesodrome terrestrial and aquatic research facilities of Hasselt University and the University of Antwerp.
We seek a candidate with a strong background in one of the following fields: Terrestrial/Aquatic Ecology, Environmental Biology, Earth Sciences, Microbiology. A combination of skills related to several of these fields will be considered as a candidate advantage, though is not strictly necessary. A successful candidate is expected to have excellent command of English language, good knowledge of statistical analyses techniques and be acquainted with statistical software such as R, Matlab, SPSS or similar.