The Human and Biodiversity lab at the Technion supports applications for independent postdoc funding on any topic related to the wide and interdisciplinary socio-ecological research we conduct in our lab. For instance, urban ecology, environmental psychology, nature-based Solutions, agroecology, road ecology, ecological corridors and connectivity, invasion biology and conservation planning.

There are many opportunities for funding that can support independent postdocs, for example, through Technion postdoctoral research fellows, Zukerman, Lady Davis Foundation, Rothschild, Fulbright, ISF, Euro-tech, or Azrieli.

Please reach out if you’re interested in applying to one of these programs and joining our lab.

דרוש.ה סטודנטי.ת לתואר שלישי למחקר העוסק בתנועת בעלי חיים במסדרונות אקולוגיים בעמק חרוד

המחקר נערך בשיתוף של ‘המעבדה לחקר האדם והמגוון הביולוגי’ של פרופ’ אסף שוורץ מהטכניון עם ‘המעבדה לאקולוגיה של תנועת בעלי חיים ושונות התנהגותית’ של ד”ר אור שפיגל מאוניברסיטת תל אביב

פירוט דרישות ואופן הגשת מועמדות ניתן למצוא בקישור המצורף: קול קורא לדוקטוראט-מעברים אקולוגיים-26נוב2023
לפרטים נוספים אנא פנו למנהלת המעבדה ד”ר רונית כהן ronitco@technion.ac.il  



Postdoc Position on Optimizing Nature-based Solutions for Sustainable Cities

Join the Human and Biodiversity (HUB) lab at the Technion Institute of Technology and contribute to an innovative ERC-funded project, “Niche4NbS,” led by Prof. Assaf Shwartz. We’re looking for a Postdoctoral Researcher with a strong background in systematic conservation planning or optimization modeling to explore the complex interplay between social and ecological outcomes of Nature-based Solutions (NbS). Urbanization presents pressing environmental challenges, and NbS offer a promising approach to enhance human well-being and ecological balance. However, current methods often overlook the complex and sometimes conflicting outcomes of NbS. Building on extensive ecological and social data collected in this project, this 2-year position seeks to explore the intricate trade-offs and synergies between social and ecological outcomes of NbS. The postdoc will need to adapt systematic conservation planning principles, employ modeling approaches, and develop a user-friendly decision support tool to optimize NbS scenarios for multiple benefits. Candidates should hold a Ph.D. in a relevant field, demonstrate strong quantitative analysis and modeling skills, and have proficiency in optimization methods and spatial data analysis. Effective collaboration, project management, and a commitment to scientific advancement are essential. Don’t miss the opportunity to drive innovation in Nature-based Solutions and contribute to resilient cities supporting biodiversity and human well-being! Submit your application by November 1, 2023, and join us in shaping sustainable urban planning. More details can be found here.

You are welcome to contact our Lab manager Dr. Ronit Cohen at ronitco@technion.ac.il


PhD Position on Nature Conservation Behaviors and Subjective Well-being

Dr. Atar Herziger and Prof. Assaf Shwartz are recruiting an exceptional PhD candidate at the intersection of environmental psychology and ecology to join the Human and Biodiversity lab at the Technion Institute of Technology. In a world facing an unprecedented biodiversity crisis, this interdisciplinary PhD project will explore how and when individual-level nature conservation behaviors can be promoted, and whether these behaviors could simultaneously enhance both biodiversity and subjective well-being. The PhD will develop and experimentally evaluate innovative strategies to promote nature conservation behaviors, bridging the gap between ecology and environmental psychology.

A Master’s degree in psychology (preferably environmental or social) or related fields is required. The ideal candidate will have experience in employing experimental psychology methods, conducting both lab and field studies, and have strong quantitative analysis skills (in R or SPSS). Knowledge and experience in conducting research related to promoting behavior change in a pro-environmental or pro-social domain is an advantage. Familiarity with measurement of subjective well-being is desired.

This 3.5-year position offers a flexible start date beginning on January 1st, 2024, with competitive scholarship and benefits aligned with Technion policy and the candidate’s prior experience. No teaching is required. The application deadline is December 1st, 2023, but we aim to fill the position as soon as a suitable candidate is found. More details can be found here.

You are welcome to contact our Lab manager Dr. Ronit Cohen at ronitco@technion.ac.il