LifeWatchPlus Call for applications “Harmonization of vertebrate fauna data” at UniSalento

The University of Salento has published a call for applications for a research grant entitled “Harmonization of vertebrate fauna data and organization patterns analysis of terrestrial and aquatic guilds related to climate change” within LifeWatch Italy in the framework of the LifeWatchPlus and CIR01_0028 projects (Scientific Adviser, Prof. Alberto Basset).

The fellowship lasts for 12 months (extendable or renewable for a maximum of 3 years).

The deadline for applications is 02/12/2021.

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Minimum admission requirements:

1) Degree (course of study lasting at least four years, provided by the teaching systems to DM 03/11/1999, n. 509), Master’s degree (art. 3, paragraph 1, letter b, DM 03/11/2009, n. 509; Art. 3, paragraph 1, letter b, DM 22/10/2004, n. 270). The Selection Committee, for the sole purpose of selection for which it was established, recognizes the equivalence of the qualification (degree and / or PhD) obtained abroad.

Qualifications: PhD within the thematics referred to the call or master’s degree or equivalent in biology, physics, chemical sciences, natural sciences, forestry or environmental sciences, geological sciences and technologies, sciences and technologies for the environment and the territory, mathematics, statistical sciences, with at least three years of proven research experience on topics related to those of the call and activity carried out in the priority areas indicated within the National Strategy of Intelligent Specialization ( and the MUR programming for research in the period 2014-2020 (https: // / 2SoEZl9).

Criteria of evaluation:

  1. Proven knowledge of ecological theory at the community and ecosystem level. Experience of many years of research in the organization and conservation of the biodiversity of the fauna of vertebrates and biogeographical distribution patterns;
  2. Proven experience in the participation / direction of competitive projects on topics related to those of the call;
  3. Knowledge of open access digital archives for research products (publications, data, software, etc.) and knowledge of the Open Science paradigm ( and the FAIR principles (, with particular reference to those consistent with the specific theme of the research in question;
  4. Knowledge of the procedures for the harmonization of data and metadata, as well as the principles and validation technologies to check and / or declare compliance of harmonized data and metadata with respect to applicable specifications;
  5. Knowledge of the main techniques of statistical analysis and modeling;
  6. Knowledge of written and spoken English.

The following skills will also be evaluated:
a) knowledge / specialist skills acquired and relevant to the achievement of the objectives that the Research Infrastructure intends to achieve;
b) relevance of the activity carried out in the last 2 years with the priority areas identified within the National Strategy of Intelligent Specialization (SNSI) and the ministerial planning for research in the period 2014-2020;
c) previous collaborations with public and private scientific institutions.