Szerző: erdbiol | 2009 január 19.

Posztdok szociális viselkedés matematikai modellezésében


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Schools of Biological Sciences and of Mathematics and Statistics
Faculty of Science
Reference No. 145106

The Faculty of Science is a leading provider of education across the
spectrum of the sciences. It offers a diverse range of specialisations,
research programs and facilities, and an extensive liaison with
international institutions. The Schools of Biological Sciences and
Mathematics and Statistics are a core part of the Faculty dedicated to
producing world-class research teaching and research programs in Biology and

The Schools are currently seeking a results-driven Postdoctoral Fellow to
conduct research into a project that will investigate how different
nest-site requirements have shaped collective decision-making processes in
two species of honey bee. In recent years nest-site selection by colonies of
insects has served as a model system to study the speed-accuracy trade-off
in decentralised decision-making systems.

This project will investigate the speed-accuracy trade-off in the cavity
nesting western hive bee Apis mellifera and the open nesting red dwarf bee
A. florea. Both regularly need to select a new nest site and both need to
come to a decision quickly while selecting the most appropriate site.
However, due to their fundamentally different nest site requirements (a
cavity in a tree versus a shaded branch) natural selection has shaped their
respective speed-accuracy trade-offs in different ways to ensure the best
possible outcome for each species.

This project brings together behavioural ecology and mathematical biology.
It provides a unique opportunity for the appointee to work in an
interdisciplinary setting. Experimental and observational data will be
integrated into mathematical and/or computational models. At all times will
the appointee work together with behavioural ecologists.

To succeed, the appointee will have a relevant PhD, an interest in social
insects and/or collective behaviour, and experience with mathematical and/or
computational modelling. A broad mathematical background will be highly
advantageous, as will an ability to attract grant funding.

This role is suited to an innovative and mature individual who is capable to
self-manage their workload. Joining a team comprising of mathematicians and
biologists, the appointee will benefit from training available in
interdisciplinary research in decentralised decision-making and potentially
take on a leadership role that will shape the future direction of the

The position is full-time fixed term for three years, subject to the
completion of a satisfactory probation period for new appointees. Membership
of a University approved superannuation scheme is a condition of employment
for new appointees. Successful applicants will be interviewed in March 2009.

Remuneration package Level A Step 6: $78,288 p.a. (which includes a base
salary $66,155 p.a., leave loading and up to 17% employer¹s contribution to
superannuation). Assistance towards relocation and Visa sponsorship will be
provided for the successful appointees if required.

All applications must be completed online by clicking apply online below.
Applicants must address each of the essential and desirable criteria on a
separate document. The full set of selection criteria can be viewed by
opening Attached Position Files further below. Applicants must also attach a
CV including a list of publications and the names and contact details of
three referees.

For specific information about the position, please contact Associate
Professor Madeleine Beekman by email: or Dr. Mary
Myerscough by email: General enquiries can be
directed to Fabrice Noël on (+61 2) 9036 7295 or by email:

Closing Date: 5 February 2009

The University is an Equal Opportunity employer committed to equity,
diversity and social inclusion. Applications from equity target groups and
women are encouraged. The University reserves the right not to proceed with
any appointment for financial or other reasons.


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