Postdoctoral researcher (m/f) “Causes and Consequences of Biodiversity Change”

Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung

Frankfurt am Main

Job offer ref. #11-17019

The Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung (SGN) is a member of the Leibniz Association and is based in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. SGN conducts natural history research with almost 800 employees and research institutions in six federal states. Within SGN, the Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (BiK-F) explores the interactions between biodiversity, climate, and society. Senckenberg BiK-F invites applications for a Postdoctoral researcher (m/f) “Causes and Consequences of Biodiversity Change” (full time position)

We are seeking a postdoctoral quantitative ecologist (m/f) to work within the ‘Causes and Consequences of Biodiversity Change’ working group led by Prof. Markus Fischer and Dr. Peter Manning.

The research theme of the position is open although the work should complement that conducted within the group, and more broadly that of the SBiK-F institute, e.g. by contributing to the large-scale and long-term DFG funded Biodiversity Exploratories project.

We welcome innovative approaches which may address, but are not limited to the following areas: biodiversity-ecosystem function relationships, plant-soil interactions, ecosystem management, and conservation biology. We also welcome work that combines empirical data collection with the analysis and synthesis of large datasets.

Your profile

  • A PhD in Ecology or a related field, and the ability to conduct independent ecological research
  • Excellent knowledge of ecological theory, biodiversity research and/or global change ecology
  • Fluency in R and an understanding of advanced statistical techniques
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and the capacity to collaborate effectively within a large and diverse team of researchers
  • A strong publication record and the ambition and capacity to publish in high-impact journals

Salary and benefits are according to a full-time public service position in Germany (TV-H E 13, 100%).

The position is a 3-year fixed-term post (with a possible extension), starting in 2018. The date of beginning can be agreed upon flexibly.

The Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre supports equal opportunity of men and women and therefore strongly invites women to apply. Equally qualified handicapped applicants will be given preference. The place of employment will be Frankfurt am Main, Germany. The employer is the Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung.

Application details

Please include the reference to this position (ref. #11-17019) in the subject line and include a cover letter describing your motivation to apply, a detailed CV including all credentials and certificates.

Your application should also include a research plan that outlines the area(s) you would be interested in pursuing (maximum 1 page and combined with the other documents in a single pdf file).

Please submit your application before November 30th, 2017 via e-mail to:

Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung

Senckenberganlage 25

60325 Frankfurt am Main


For scientific enquiries please contact Dr. Peter Manning,

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Bewerbungsende: 30.11.2017