Predoctoral FPI position - Modelling island ecological complexity in the context of global change

Candidates are sought for a four-year Ph.D. fellowship (FPI contract) at the Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Physics and Complex Systems (IFISC, Palma de Mallorca, Spain). IFISC ( is a joint research institute from the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and the University of the Balearic Islands (UIB) which develops cutting-edge research in Cross-Disciplinary Physics and Complex Systems. IFISC is currently recognized as a Unit of Excellence “Maria de Maeztu”.

The FPI contract is funded by MCIN/AEI and is associated with the Research Grant PID2020-114324GB-C22 (with title “Modelling island ecological complexity in the context of global change”). The candidate will work on the general topic of developing theoretical research on network theory with an eye on applications to ecological systems, including one or several of the following topics:

  • development of both theoretical (mathematical) and computational models to understand ecological interactions and the effect of disruptions in the stability and robustness of ecological networks in the context of global change 
  • complex networks: extensions to higher-order interactions via hypergraphs, dynamics of temporal networks
  • application of data science and machine learning tools to ecological systems

The candidate will mainly work on theoretical/computational aspects, and is therefore expected to have strong analytical and computational skills, but they will also have interactions with field and computational ecologists, so applications of the theoretical developments in real-world scenarios are already planned.

The candidate will be based at IFISC and supervised by Dr Victor Eguíluz and Dr Lucas Lacasa. Preliminary enquiries can be sent to both of them (, but formal applications should follow the instructions available at The ID of the project is PID2020-114324GB-C22

Details on the conditions of the fellowships and administrative procedures can also be found in


  • Master Degree in Physics of Complex Systems, Science, Engineering or a closely related discipline
  • Open to citizens of any nationality
  • Deadline for application: November 11, 2021

IFISC is an equal opportunity institution. Applications to this position by female or minority group scientists are particularly encouraged.

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