Positions available

(May 2020) Four positions are currently open in the IBBL:
– One Postdoctoral Researcher position
– Three Research Assistant positions

Post-Doctoral Researcher with experience on Species Distribution Modelling and Entomology

The Insect Biodiversity and Biogeography Laboratory (IBBL) is seeking a highly motivated Postdoctoral researcher for a 27 months’ position focusing on the spread of biological invasions within multiple insect groups in Hong Kong. Duties of the successful candidate will include the establishment of non-native species checklists for five insect groups (ants, beetles, moths, mosquitoes and non-ant aculeate Hymenoptera), prepare species high-resolution distribution models for all species within the groups mentioned above, identify hotspots and coldspots of invasions in the region and the main drivers of species establishment and success, supervise and perform ecological surveys with a team of entomologists, and assist in species identification. The successful candidates will have access to a series of tools and results from previous surveys performed by the IBBL as well as other collaborators of this project.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. in ecology, entomology, biogeography or a related field at the time of hire. Experience in developing species distribution modelling associated with publications are required. Preferentially the candidate should also have a background in entomology, or if not, some experience in working with biological invasions. A strong record in leading and publishing science, associated to strong analytical skills and knowledge (e.g. using R or associated software) is expected.

Applicants should include a cover letter, a complete CV, contact information for two to three references, at least two relevant publications, and a 2 pages statement of research interests. Review of applications will begin on June 5th 2020 and applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Starting date of the project is set for January 1st 2021.

A monthly salary of >3500 US$ (with taxes <5% in Hong Kong) is 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).

 

Three Research Assistant positions available!

Three full-time Research Assistant positions are now open in the Insect Biodiversity and Biogeography Laboratory of Dr Benoit Guénard (https://benoitguenard.wordpress.com/) at the University of Hong Kong.

  • One position to conduct ecological surveys and insect identifications (one year position)
  • One position as a curator of a local biodiversity museum (2 years position) – see below
  • One position as a science educator to develop new programs and lead tour for a local biodiversity museum (18 months position) – requires to speak English and Cantonese/Mandarin.

Interested candidates should send their CV and a 2 pages statement of interests to Dr. Benoit Guénard (zeroben@gmail.com) as soon as possible (or before June 15th 2020). More information coming soon.

 

 

Collections Manager/Curator position at the Hong Kong Biodiversity Museum

A two-years position is open for a Research Assistant at the Hong Kong Biodiversity Museum. Duties of the successful candidate will include the curation of both terrestrial and marine vertebrate and invertebrate specimens’ collection, databasing of specimens, the production of labels and organization of specimens display, and assistance to include new specimens to the collection.

The Hong Kong Biodiversity Museum is a small natural history museum located within the School of Biological Sciences of the University of Hong Kong which primary missions are directed towards education and research. The bulk of the collection was established from the 1940’s to 80’s, with new additions since 2015. Despite its modest size (about 800 vertebrates and 5000 invertebrate specimens), the collection is one of the most important in the region and carry important historical and educational values.

Applicants should have a BSc. in biology, ecology, entomology or a related relevant field at the time of hire. Experience in working with museum collections and specimens from different taxonomic groups is required. The ideal candidate should also be highly motivated, creative, and comfortable working either independently or in a team.

Applicants should include a cover letter, a complete CV and at least two contact information for references in their application. Review of applications will begin on June 15th 2020 and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  Starting date of the project is set for November 10th 2020.

A monthly salary of >2300 US$ (with taxes <5% in Hong Kong) is offered.