Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies

PhD position in Biodiversity Monitoring using Camera Traps
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Prof. Dr. Arpat Ozgul from the Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies of the University of Zurich is offering a fully funded four-year PhD position at the University of Zurich, to work in a new project in biodiversity monitoring at the Kalahari Research Centre, South Africa. The Kalahari Research Center, known for its long-term, individual-based studies like the cooperative breeding meerkats, is expanding its scope to explore complex multi-species interactions and co-occurrence patterns using an extensive network of 150 camera traps arranged in a 1x1km grid. This project aims to investigate the biodiversity dynamics of the Kalahari ecosystem and how different species interact within this ecosystem.

Your responsibilities

The PhD student will play a key role in this project, focusing on analyzing the extensive data gathered from the camera traps. Their research will be vital in advancing our knowledge of multi-species interactions and biodiversity in the Kalahari, particularly in relation to different land use regimes and climate change. They will employ existing methods for analyzing abundance, co-occurrence, and habitat selection from camera trap data, while also exploring the potential development of new approaches using hierarchical modelling.

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What we offer

We offer varied and interesting work in an inspiring and socially relevant environment.
Diversity and inclusion are important to us. We offer an academic degree in a dynamic research environment. The PhD student will be an active member of the Population Ecology Research Group at the Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies of University of Zurich and have extended field visits to the Kalahari Research Centre. They will have ample opportunity to collaborate with an international network of ecologists and biostatisticians. The salary will be based on the guidelines of the University of Zurich.

Place of work

Winterthurerstrasse, Zürich, Switzerland

Start of employment

Employment start date to be mutually agreed. Please submit your application by 19 February 2024. The screening of applicants will continue till the position is filled. Please send the following application material in a single pdf file:

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