We offer a post doc position!
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The Pollination Ecology Lab of the Kunming Institute of Botany (Kunming, Yunnan), Chinese Academy of Sciences is offering ONE, 3-year post doc position within the CliPS_CN "Climate Change and its effect on Pollination Services in China" project as funded by the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
This project is expected to parallel with the global efforts of CliPS led by Dr. Nico Vereecken and other international colleagues. The Chinese CliPS project (CliPS_CN) will focus on pollinators and their interactions with sub-alpine and alpine flora in eastern Himalayas and other mountains of SW China. These regions harbor the highest diversity of temperate flora and anthophilus insects in the world. In particular, China harbors half the world’s bumblebee species. CliPS_CN will model interactions between pollinators and wild plants along environmental/ecological gradients under the global change/warming scenario. A plot based, multi-summit approach will be applied to sample pollinator diversity and their interactions with endemic flora. Date gathered from field and further lab work, including barcoding/genomic analysis, will be analyzed using ecological network analyses, species distribution modeling, and other methods.
Successful candidate will perform fieldwork with KIB students on the targeted mountain regions. This will include gathering inventories of plants and native bees (including bumblebees), interacting data, and trait measurements, insect identification, pollen load analyses (lab microscopy/DNA barcoding), data analyses and writing manuscripts.
-PhD degree in Ecology, Entomology, Biology, Genomics, Pollination Biology or a related field
-Interest in community ecology, plant-pollination interaction, ecological networks
-Able to design experiments, communicate well and collaborate with your team
-Advanced knowledge of statistical analyses on networks using R, or other related statistics
-Willingness to live in a high elevation area (3300M) for one-two months a year
-Ability to do field work at elevations from 3000-4000M (no elevation sickness).
-Proficiency in scientific English, spoken and writing
-Respect for the cultures and religion of local, minority people
KIB and our lab will pay 14 000 Yuan (RMB) per month (before tax). Annual salary is 168 000 (average salary in Kunming is about 6000 Yuan per month). The KIB and our lab will provide bonus salaries for high quality performances (such as publications in important journals) at the end of year. Candidates can also apply for additional funding resources in China for the post doc project, i.e. PIFI of Chinese Academy of Sciences.
PIFI link: http://english.cas.cn/cooperation/fellowships/201503/P020180904601127117142.jpg.
Successful candidate will work with Dr. Zong-Xin Ren and Prof. Hong Wang and other Masters degree and PhD students. This position is no deadline until the successful candidate is awarded.
Please contact with Drs. Zong-Xin Ren (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Hong Wang (email@example.com). Don't hesitate to write us for more information.
Funding opportunities for foreign scientists to work in China.
CAS President's International Fellowship Initiative(PIFI):
NSFC Research Fund for International Young Scientists:
March 30 to April 15, 2018, Prof. Paul Williams of Natural History Museum, UK visited my lab to ID all our bumblebees! Hard to believe, we collected more than 8000 specimens of bumblebees from Yulong Mountain.
Profs. Amots Dafni and Nico Vereeken will visit Ren's lab from March 15 to March 26, we will conduct a comparative study of the evaluation of the contribution of wild pollinators to apple yield in SW China.
Prof. Peter Bernhardt is funded by PIFI (CAS President's International Fellowship Initiative) of Chinese Academy of Sciences as a visiting scientist, he will visit Kunming from May 15 to August 15 for three month. Cheers for Prof. Bernhardt!
Feb 21 to March 01, 2015, Ren and his wife Kaiqing Li visited North Sichuan, to investigate the hand pollination of fruits.
Oct 23, 2014. St. Louis university highlighted the special issue of American Journal of Botany, "Speaking of food: connecting basic and applied plant science", and our article in this special issue. Link: American Journal of Botany Highlights Biology Faculty Research
Oct 12-16, 2014, Ren presented a talk in "The 5th National Conference & International Workshop on Evolutionary Ecology and Plant Reproductive Biology", South China Botanical Garden, Guangzhou, China. Title: Insect pollination and self-incompatibility in edible and/or medicinal crops in southwestern China, a global hotspot of biodiversity.
August 14-16, 2014, Ren gave a talk in "The 11th National Biodiversity Science and Conservation Symposium", Shenyang, Liaoning, China. Title: Evolution and Ecology of Web-Dependent Interactions: Using Deceptive Orchids as Model Systems
March 29-30, 2014, Ren gave a talk in "The 2nd Shanghai Chenshan International Orchid Symposium and The 10th International Symposium on Diversity and Conservation of Asian Orchids", Shanghai Chenshan Botanical Garden, Shanghai, China. Title: Pollination and breeding systems in Yellow Star Grass (Hypoxis hirsuta; Hypoxidaceae) and why it’s so important to the evolution of orchids.
Protecting our pollinators! Ren is officially becoming a member of NAPPC (North American Pollinator Protection Campaign).
P. S. I attended the pollinator dinner 2013 in St. Louis Zoo, I showed the pollinator-lovers the different pollen grains bees were carrying after they visited multiple flowers. I washed the pollen grains from the bodies of bees, stained, then observed under microscope.
November 26, 2013 Ren is promoted to a member of
Youth Innovation Promotion Association, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) from 2014 to 2018.
October 27-31, 2013 5th International Barcode of Life Conference, Kunming, China
October 15-20, 2013 Ren visited Prof. Raguso's lab, Cornell University, Ithaca
October 11-12, 2013 60th Annual Systematics Symposium: Phylogeny meets Ecology: patterns of diversity, community assembly, and niche evolution, St. Louis, USA
September 28, 2013 Ren presented his pollination work in St. Louis at St. Louis Ecology Evolution and Conservation (SLEEC) retreat. Title: Do Generalist Pollination and Self-Incompatibility in Yellow Star Grass (Hypoxis hirsuta; Hypoxidaceae) Correlate with Charles Darwin's Predictions About the Evolution of Orchid Flowers?
July 31, 2013 Ren presented a talk at Botany 2013, Botanical Society of America (BSA), New Orleans. Title: Fly pollination of Section Trigonopedia in the genus Cypripedium (Orchidaceae).