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PhD position on Asian ants ecology and biogeography

A PhD position is available within the Insect Biodiversity and Biogeography Laboratory of Dr. Benoit Gunard, at The University of Hong Kong, starting from June 2024. Candidates interested in community ecology, functional ecology, biogeography and/or taxonomy would have opportunities to study Asian ant communities along a 5000 km transect across multiple climate, habitats and countries. The project includes substantial work both in the field and in the laboratory. The candidate should thus expect to conduct fieldwork for several months over the course of his/her PhD.

Applicants should have a strong background in ecology, entomology or a related field, with previous research and field experience preferred, and with excellent analytical skills. Students with high motivation to work within tropical Asia and other tropical/subtropical regions are particularly encouraged to apply. Successful candidates should be hard-working, critical thinkers and independent, while able to work as part of a team of researchers. The candidate will be part of an international and vibrant team of young researchers and collaborators in Hong Kong, mainland China and Germany.

Applicants should note that to be accepted within the Graduate Program of The University of Hong Kong, demonstration of academic excellence during undergraduate studies is a requirement.

Application, including CV, motivation letter, publication (if any) and contacts for 2 references should be sent to Dr Benoit Gunard (at bguenard@hku.hk) by August 30th 2023 or earlier.

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