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Workplace: Vertebrate Research Group, Department of Botany and Zoology, Faculty of Science, Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic

Thesis Topic: Landscape permeability for flying vertebrates

Supervisor: Ass.Prof. Tomas Bartonicka, Ph.D.

Type of Cooperation: PhD fellowship (more information on PhD study programmes at the Faculty of Science here)

Expected Start Date: 1/7/2024

Application Deadline:  25/6/2024

About the Workplace

We are looking for highly motivated graduates to join the Vertebrate Research group/ Department of Botany and Zoology. Our multidisciplinary research is based on interconnection of classical ecological (composition and diversity of mammalian assemblages), genetic (phylogenetics and phylogeography) and behavioural approaches. Some topics then link basic research to applied outputs in conservation or technical applications. Two dozen PhD students are involved in the research, many of them from abroad.

Masaryk University is modern, dynamic and the most attractive university in the Czech Republic with ten faculties, more than 6500 staff and 33 000 students, a wide range of research areas and a strong international position. We are the largest academic employer in the South Moravian Region.

Faculty of Science MU, a holder of the HR Excellence in Research Award by the European Commission, is a research-oriented faculty, offering university education (Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral degree programs) closely linked to both primary and applied research and high school teaching of the following sciences: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Earth sciences. We are the most productive scientific unit of the Masaryk University generating around 40 % of MU research results.

Description

Selected student(s) will have an opportunity to:

  • participate in the development of a model capable of predicting sections with increased mortality of flying vertebrates
  • select sites at risk by testing the functionality of protective wall types and evaluating their effectiveness in reducing bird and bat mortality
  • monitor mortality and behavioural changes using thermal, lidar, acoustic and visual tools at sites where different types of protective walls have been installed
  • since it is not possible to modify the protective walls near roads, the student will carry out research on experimental protective walls outside the roads at suitable locations
  • help define a new type of protective wall with optimised costs and higher efficiency

Offered Conditions

Selected candidates will receive a comprehensive training in the field of road ecology, the application of biological knowledge to the technical design of structures reducing road mortality of wildlife.

Besides, studying at our Faculty is an opportunity to study and live in a modern and dynamic city and one of 10 best student cities.

In addition to the standard PhD scholarship at Masaryk University (CZK 15 000 per month), additional funds are provided through departmental resources (assignment in research projects, additional scholarships). An overall monthly income is typically around CZK 23 000. Additional support includes performance-based bonuses (scholarships for successfully published papers) as well as support for international mobility or attendance of conferences etc.

Required Skills and Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in biology/ecology/zoology (required at the time of enrolment to the PhD study program)
  • Prior training/experience in acoustic data analysis, R language (positively evaluated during the interview and selection process)
  • Good communication skills (oral and written) in English
  • High level of commitment to complete the PhD studies

How to Apply

Please send your curriculum vitae, cover letter with a concise summary of your previous research activities with the subject „PhD student – Corridors“ to: Tomáš Bartonička – bartonic@sci.muni.cz, Masaryk University, Faculty of Science, Dept. Botany and Zoology.

Selection Process

Received applications will be continuously reviewed and carefully considered. Shortlisted applicants meeting the requirements will be invited to an interview.

Please note that your application does not substitute an official admission process to Ph.D. studies at SCI MUNI. Details including discussion about the research topic, required documentation or formalities will be a subject of the interview with successful candidates. Only upon the informal pre-agreement with potential future supervisor, a formal application for PhD studies at Faculty of Science, Masaryk University can be submitted.

We are looking forward to hearing from you!