PhD position

Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung

Frankfurt am Main

Job offer ref. #11-18006

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 (SBiK-F) explores the interactions between biodiversity, climate, and society.

In the context of the funded research project “Vienna’s global biodiversity footprint. A multi-scale analysis outlining options to reduce urban pressures on biodiversity”, SBiK-F invites applications for a PhD position (part time, 50 %)

We seek a doctoral researcher (m/f) (PhD candidate) to work in an interdisciplinary research project that investigates the biodiversity implications of Vienna’s food and biomass consumption. The project is funded by the Vienna Science and Technology Fund, WWTF. It is a collaborative effort between SBiK-F, the Institute of Social Ecology at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna and the Department of Botany and Biodiversity Research at the University of Vienna.

The PhD candidate based at SBiK-F will focus on compiling and processing data from global and national statistics for the development of robust approaches for systematically linking urban food and biomass consumption to the location and the system of production. By doing so, this work contributes to operationalizing telecouplings in the global land systems.

Your tasks

  • Review and advance approaches to analyze the resource base of an urban region’s food and biomass supply
  • Integrate different data types to localize and analyze Vienna’s food and biomass supply patterns
  • Develop a simple model that links urban food and biomass demand to supply regions and their land-use and ecosystem-productivity patterns
  • Participate in project meetings and contribute to project reporting
  • Publish results in international journals in cooperation with the members of the project team; the publications form the backbone of the PhD thesis to be defended at Goethe University, Frankfurt

Your profile

  • Master’s degree in an interdisciplinary research field, such as environmental or sustainability science, industrial or social ecology, physical geography or another relevant field
  • Interest in working in an interdisciplinary and international environment
  • Programming skills and familiarity in working with large datasets
  • Excellent English oral and written communication skills; German skills are an asset but not mandatory


What is awaiting you?

  • An interesting task in a dynamic team of researchers in an international research group
  • Affiliation with the Goethe University Frankfurt and membership in its graduate academy GRADE
  • The possibility to build a network with scientists at an international level and attend national and international conferences
  • Flexible working hours – annual special payment – company pension scheme – Senckenberg ID card for free entry in museums in Frankfurt

Salary and benefits are according to a public service position in Germany (TV-H E 13, 50%). The contract should start as soon as possible and is limited to three years. The Senckenberg Research Institute 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.

How to apply

Please send your application until April 30th, 2018 by e-mail (attachment in a compiled single pdf document), mentioning the reference of this position (ref. #11-18006) and including a letter outlining your suitability and motivation, a detailed CV, all transcripts and grades, contact details of two referees to:

Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung

Senckenberganlage 25

60325 Frankfurt a.M.


For scientific information and inquiries please get in contact with Dr. Thomas Kastner,

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Bewerbungsende: 30.04.2018