PhD Positions in Plant Species, KU Leuven, Belgium

Postdoc at KU Leuven
PhD Positions in Plant Species: The KU Leuven Division of Forest, Nature, and Landscape is offering two PhD positions for the FUTURENATURE project. The research focuses on the potential of assisted migration of plant species to sustain natural ecosystem functions under future climate change scenarios. This involves empirical research, fieldwork, and advanced data analysis to guide future conservation efforts.

PhD Positions in Functional Assisted Migration of Plant Species

Summary Table

DesignationPhD Positions
Research AreaFunctional Assisted Migration of Plant Species
LocationLeuven, Belgium
Eligibility/QualificationMSc in Bioscience Engineering, Biology, Ecology, Environmental Sciences, Physical Geography, or related fields
Job DescriptionConduct empirical research on assisted migration, fieldwork, quantitative data analysis, scientific publication, work within an international team
How to ApplyOnline application including CV, transcript of records, and a one-page motivation letter
Last Date for ApplyAugust 15, 2024


PhD Positions

Research Area

Functional Assisted Migration of Plant Species


Leuven, Belgium


  • MSc degree in Bioscience Engineering, Biology, Ecology, Environmental Sciences, Physical Geography, or related field (or to be obtained by start date)
  • Demonstrated excellent study results
  • Passion for ecology, nature, and biodiversity
  • Background in plant ecology and ecological modelling
  • Motivation for scientific research, fieldwork, quantitative data analysis, and writing scientific publications
  • Experience with programming languages such as R or Python (knowledge of spatial data analyses is a plus)
  • Fluency in English (written and oral)
  • Team player with good communication skills

Job Description

  • Conduct research on the potential of assisted migration to sustain ecosystem functions
  • Empirical research and evaluation of novel grassland communities under future climate change scenarios
  • Collaborate closely with other PhD researchers, postdoctoral researcher, and project PI
  • Engage in fieldwork, quantitative data analyses, and writing scientific publications
  • Work within an international scientific team, maintaining a healthy work-life balance

How to Apply

The application must be in English and include:

  • CV
  • Transcript of records
  • One-page motivation letter explaining your approach to the position

Applications should be submitted via the online application tool.

Last Date for Apply

August 15, 2024

Notification of selection for interview: Second half of August 2024
Interviews (online): End of August and beginning of September 2024

More Information

Prof. Koenraad Van Meerbeek



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