Post-Doc Position At The Institute Of Vertebrate Biology Of The Czech Academy Of Sciences:...

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Czech Republic

January 28, 2022


  • Organisation/Company: Institute of Vertebrate Biology of The Czech Academy of Sciences
  • Research Field: Biological sciences › Zoology
  • Researcher Profile: Recognised Researcher (R2)
  • Application Deadline: 28/01/2022 00:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • Location: Czech Republic › Studenec
  • Type Of Contract: Temporary
  • Job Status: Full-time
  • Hours Per Week: 40
  • Offer Starting Date: 01/02/2022
  • Topic: Biogeographic phylogenetic regionalization of the Eastern Afromontane Biodiversity Hotspot, using small mammals as a model animal group.

    The goal of the project:

    The revolution in phylogenetic systematics has generated an unprecedently high number of cladograms at a very fine spatial scale. They can be used to discover natural “monophyletic” biogeographic areas, which have great explanatory power as they represent natural regions formed by biological and geological evolutionary processes (sensu Ebach & Parenti 2015). Recently developed approaches for the so-called phylogenetic regionalization (e.g. Daru et al. 2017) can significantly help to reveal the spatial and evolutionary structure of biodiversity and identify centres of evolutionary radiation, museums of diversity and extinction hotspots.

    The post-doc researcher will use already collected phylogenetic/phylogenomic data for phylogenetic regionalization of the Eastern Afromontane Biodiversity Hotspot. She/he will follow a widely suggested pipeline, using genomic trees as the main input data (see Daru et al. 2017). (i) In the first step they will quantify the phylogenetic beta diversity (PBD) – this can be done by a variety of approaches (Leprieur et al. 2012), e.g. PhyloSor, UniFrac or Simpson´s phylogenetic index. Especially the latter is commonly used in biogeographic regionalization because it is insensitive to differences in species richness. (ii) The second step includes the selection of a clustering algorithm that best describes the site x site PBD matrix. The performance of particular algorithms will be evaluated e.g. by using the cophenetic correlation coefficient or Gower´s distance. (iii) The last step is the determination of the optimal number of clusters (bioregions) – we will use more objective approaches based on transition zones, e.g. the “elbow” method implemented in R package VEGAN.

    The phylogenetic regionalization will allow identifying regions comprising localities that are equivalent in terms of evolutionary diversity. At the same time, it will pinpoint the priority areas for conservation, i.e. those containing high levels of (cryptic) endemic evolutionary lineages. In the next step, the outputs will be communicated with local conservation agencies, where direct suggestions for future conservation actions will be provided.


    The post-doc will work in a small team (https: // www. at the Institute of Vertebrate Biology CAS, at Research Facility Studenec (https: // www. The Studenec campus (two hours from Prague) is situated in woods beside a lake in the Czech-Moravian highlands, half an hour from Brno, the second city of the Czech Republic, where the new large biological campus of the Masaryk University was recently built. The region's rolling hills and woods are popular with cyclists. The research groups in the Studenec facility are heavily biased toward early-career researchers, with a good gender balance at all levels, many young families and shared crèche/childcare services. On campus work discussion is in international English. The position is well suited to candidates who wish to broaden their experience and skills in an area of evolutionary study that will always be in demand, while at the same time maintaining a healthy work/life balance. The personal car can be useful, but not necessary (there is a train station 10 mins walk from the lab). The monthly salary will be about 40,000 CZK (+ social and health insurance), the accommodation in nearby towns (accessible by trains) can be found around 10,000 CZK. The salary is high enough for a comfortable life in the region even with a small family.

    Selection process

    Candidates should submit a short CV and letter of interest in a single PDF file to Josef Bryja (, who is the principal investigator of projects focussing on evolution of African small mammals (https: // www. The work will be done in close collaboration with Ondřej Mikula (https: // www. mikula/), a specialist for data analysis in speciation genetics/genomics and biogeography. The applications will be read directly by the academic advisors and interviews will be held until a suitable candidate is found. The deadline for applications is 20th of January 2022 (can be postponed if a suitable candidate will contact us with specific reasons), the contract can start as early as 1st of February 2022 (it must end 31st of December 2022)

    Web site for additional job details

    https: // www. vertebrate-b...

    Offer Requirements
  • Biological sciences: PhD or equivalent

  • ENGLISH: Good


    The successful candidate will have wide interests and a thirst for a deep understanding of evolutionary processes. They will be intellectually mature and quick to learn. They will have experience in several of the following: population genetics, speciation, evolution, phylogenetics, biogeography, 3 programming in R environment. The postdoc academic advisors are trained in zoology, population genetics, and evolutionary studies. The candidate's existing and proposed work will be judged on its quality and utility to the scientific community rather than a gross number of publications.

    Contact Information
  • Organisation/Company: Institute of Vertebrate Biology of The Czech Academy of Sciences
  • Organisation Type: Public Research Institution
  • Website: https:// www.
  • E-Mail:
  • Country: Czech Republic
  • City: Brno
  • Postal Code: 60365
  • Street: Květná 8
  • Mobile Phone: +420 776 087 741