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We are looking for a postdoc!

Postdoctoral Fellow in Fish Biomechanics and Physiology Ref. No. SU FV-2132-20 at the Department of Zoology. Closing date: 1 July 2020.

The Department of Zoology is a vibrant international community, consisting of five interactive and collaborative divisions: Ecology, Ethology, Functional Morphology, Population Genetics, and Systematics and Evolution. The advertised Postdoctoral Fellow will be part of the Division of Functional Morphology. The Postdoctoral Fellow will join the Di Santo Lab, to study fish biomechanics and energetics. The working language of the group is English.

Project description The Di Santo Lab is looking for a postdoctoral researcher to work on biomechanics and energetics of fish locomotion, in particular during collective behavior (schooling and shoaling). In addition to broad interests in comparative physiology and biomechanics, I'm ideally looking for a candidate with a strong background in physics or engineering, and experience with techniques in functional morphology, hydrodynamics and energetics of fishes. The project will focus on the effect of anthropogenic stressors on swimming and feeding dynamics during collective behavior using small fishes, however there is flexibility on specific questions the researcher may address.

Main responsibilities The postdoctoral fellow will conduct research on fish locomotion and morphology using an array of techniques including CTscan, swim tunnels, PIV, respirometers and high-speed videography, analyze data using deep learning and network analysis, and interpret data, write, and publish. The project is interdisciplinary and involves working with engineers and other collaborators. The candidate needs to have an interest in understanding fish locomotion from a broad evolutionary perspective.

Qualification requirements Postdoctoral positions are appointed primarily for purposes of research. Applicants are expected to hold a Swedish doctoral degree or an equivalent degree from another country.

Assessment criteria The degree should have been completed no more than three years before the deadline for applications. An older degree may be acceptable under special circumstances, which may involve sick leave, parental leave, clinical attachment, elected positions in trade unions, or similar. In the appointment process, special attention will be given to letters of recommendation, the interview, and research skills in machine learning, biomechanics and eco-physiology. Previous experiences in biomechanics and/or energetics are required. Experiences with R language or MATLAB is expected and the ability for machine learning and code writing is valued.

Terms of employment The position involves full-time employment for a maximum of two years, with the possibility of extension under special circumstances. Start date October 1, 2020 or as per agreement. Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all.

Contact Further information about the position can be obtained from the the Lab PI, Dr. Valentina Di Santo,

Application Apply for the position at Stockholm University's recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline. Please include the following information with your application

  • Your contact details and personal data

  • Your highest degree

  • Your language skills

  • Contact details for 2–3 references Important! The letters of recommendation need to be sent directly to Dr. Di Santo, from the references by the deadline July 1, 2020. State the name of the applicant and the reference number SU FV-2132-20 in the letter. One of the references needs to come from the PhD advisor.

and, in addition, please include the following documents

  • Cover letter (no more than 2 pages)

  • CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of publications

  • Research proposal (no more than 3 pages) describing: – why you are interested in the field/project described in the advertisement – why and how you wish to complete the project – what makes you suitable for the project in question

  • Copy of PhD diploma (this is required prior to starting)

  • Publications in support of your application (no more than 3 files).

You are welcome to apply! Stockholm University contributes to the development of sustainable democratic society through knowledge, enlightenment and the pursuit of truth.

Closing date: 01/07/2020

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