Post-doctoral Fellow in Tropical Ecology

School of Biological Sciences, The University of Hong Kong

Deadline:  14 May 2018

Contact: Dr Louise Ashton

Applications are invited for appointment as Post-doctoral Fellow in Ecology in the School of Biological Sciences, to commence May 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter, for two years, with the possibility of a one year extension. We will be using the international canopy crane network, canopy climbing techniques and experimental manipulation experiments to understand responses of plant-insect food webs to global change.

Applicants should possess (or be close to submission) a PhD in terrestrial ecology with experience in tropical rainforest ecology, foodweb ecology or climate change manipulation experiments. In this role you will lead field work and collect and analyze the data. The successful candidate will take a lead role in preparing manuscripts for publication and disseminating the research at international conferences.

Required criteria:

• PhD in terrestrial ecology
• Strong experimental design and analytical skills
• Tropical field work experience
• Good problem-solving skills
• Excellent publishing record


• Experience in climate change manipulation experiments (e.g. thermotolerance experiments)
• Experience in foodweb ecology
• Plant or insect identification skills
• Molecular skills
• Good time management and ability to work collaboratively
• Experience and/or willingness to work in forest canopies

A highly competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience will be offered, in addition to annual leave and medical benefits.

Applicants should send a completed application form together with a cover letter, a statement of your research interests and how you meet the selection criteria, an up-to-date CV and contact details for three referees to Dr Louise Ashton ( See for more details on research themes. Application forms (341/1111) can be downloaded at