Positions available

2 PhD and 1 Postdoctoral Positions in Community Ecology/Biogeography of insects

The Insect Biodiversity and Biogeography Laboratory at the University of Hong Kong, is seeking two PhD students (4 years each) and one post-doctoral researcher (2 years) with strong quantitative skills and interests in community ecology, biogeography, biological invasions or conservation of insects.

The positions offered will provide opportunities for the students/researcher to develop research projects using unique datasets on ant ecology and distribution to explore regional and global patterns of species distribution and diversity to identify driving mechanisms of diversity in ants and other arthropod groups. Current projects within our laboratory span from biogeography, biological invasions, community ecology, conservation, functional ecology, to taxonomy.

PhD positions:

Applicants should have a strong background in ecology, entomology or a related field, with previous research and field experience preferred, and with good analytical skills. Students with high motivation to work within tropical Asian regions are particularly encouraged to apply. Successful candidates should be hard-working, critical thinkers and independent (but keen to work with a team of researchers). Applicants should note that to be accepted within the Graduate Program of the University of Hong Kong, demonstration of academic excellence during undergraduate studies (high GPA) is a requirement.

Potential to develop fieldwork in South-East Asia, including within Hong Kong during the PhD exists with current samples and collection already available to study biogeographic gradients of diversity. The geographic position and history of Hong Kong provide great opportunities for students interested in bridging community ecology, conservation and biological invasions.

Application, including CV, motivation letter, publication (if any) and a list of 2 references should be received by March 25th 2019.


Postdoctoral position:

Applicants should have a Ph.D. in biogeography, ecology, entomology or a related field at the time of hire, a strong record of leading and publishing science, and strong analytical skills and knowledge using R. Prior experience in insect ecology is welcome but not mandatory.

Applicants should include a cover letter, a complete CV, contact information for three references, 2-3 relevant publications, and a 2 pages statement of research interests. Review of applications will begin on March 20th 2019 and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  The start date is flexible but preferentially no later than January 1st 2020.

Monthly salary of >3500 US$ (with taxes <5% in Hong Kong) plus other benefits are offered.


The University of Hong Kong is located on Hong Hong Island at the core of an international and vibrant metropolis with English being the primary language used within and around the university.

For further information, please visit our laboratory website (https://benoitguenard.wordpress.com/) or contact Dr. Benoit Guénard (bguenard@hku.hk).