Two Postdoctoral Researchers, Evolutionary Ecology

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The Department of Biological and Environmental Science is currently seeking to recruit two Postdoctoral Researchers in Evolutionary Ecology, for a fixed 3 year term and 2 year term starting 1.1.2019 or as agreed. Both positions have a good chance for extensions. 

Research at the Department of Biological and Environmental Science is renowned in the University’s denoted core research activity fields of basic natural phenomena and mathematical thinking. Areas of research strength in the Department include research evolutionary research and biological nanoscience and research on natural resources and environment, with approaches at different levels from the DNA, through organisms and populations to ecosystems. Researchers working within the field continue a strong tradition of empirical research, using state of the art techniques, to investigate and integrate disparate biological fields.

The postdoctoral researchers will work in the research group of Prof. Johanna Mappes in the Finnish Academy funded project "Evolutionary ecology of communication”. The main aim of the project is to explore how signals evolve in complex communities; main focus being in predator-prey interactions using birds and chemically defended prey as model systems. This project is dedicated to advancing our understanding of communication in communities that feature multiple trophic levels, differences in biodiversity, and indirect effects that propagate between species. We are losing predators from ecosystems across the globe with little understanding of how this will affect prey populations directly. As warning signals are expected to change in response to predator composition, they may provide a visual, easily accessible indicator of predator loss and thus ecosystem function. To get more information about our research please visit

We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic members to our research group. Candidates should have a PhD or be about to obtain a PhD in ecology, evolutionary biology, behavioral ecology, population biology, or another relevant discipline. A successful candidate will have good problem solving and communication skills, and ability to supervise bachelor and master’s level students. Our group is working as a team, thus the excellent team-work-skills are necessary. We work both in the field and in the lab. Previous experience of chemical ecology, pedigree analysis, vision modeling (or any colour analysis) and experimental research is considered as asset. You will also need a driving license.

The duties and qualification requirements and language skills for the position of the Postdoctoral Researcher are stipulated by the University of Jyväskylä Regulations and language skills guidelines. The postdoctoral researcher is expected to have good skills in English language.

The job-specific salary component of a postdoctoral researcher is based on the job demands level 5-6 (2893,95 €/Month – 3374,18 €/Month) according to the salary system concerning teaching and research staff at universities. In addition, a personal performance-based salary component amounting to the maximum of 46,3% of the job-specific salary component is also paid.

A trial period of six months will be used when the position is first filled.

For further information: Professor Johanna Mappes, +358 40 5372263,

Please attach the following documents to the online application form:

  1. Curriculum vitae (CV)
  2. Short application / motivation letter, including research interests.
  3. List of publications covering all the scientific and other publications of the applicant.
  4. Two reference letters from people who can be contacted by telephone or e-mail before or after the interview.

Please submit your application at the latest by October 30th 2018 using the online application form.