PhD position (m/f/d) in “Trophic ecology of omnivores”

Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung

Frankfurt am Main

Bewerbungsende: 16.12.2022

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.

Senckenberg BiK-F invites applications for

PhD position (m/f/d) in

“Trophic ecology of omnivores”

We are seeking a candidate (m/f/d) with a strong background in food webs and macroecology and a keen interest in studying trophic interactions of mammals under global change. The position is part of the DFG funded project “The role of omnivores for food web rewiring under global change”.

You will investigate how omnivorous mammals adapt their trophic interactions to climate and land-use change and assess the potential consequences for the structure and functioning of terrestrial food webs. The position involves the compilation of a global database of trophic interactions for mammals and analyzing these data along global gradients in climate, primary productivity and human land-use. The position comprises strong quantitative components, e.g., the analyses of trophic interactions and functional traits using macroecological approaches. You will join an international and dynamic working environment at SBiK-F and form part of an interdisciplinary research team.

Position requirements

  • Master degree in Ecology or a related field
  • Strong interest in the macroecology of trophic interactions and food webs
  • Strong quantitative skills and programming skills in R
  • Experience with handling large databases and GIS-based spatial analyses is advantageous
  • Prior knowledge of mammal taxonomy and ecology is beneficial
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English

Salary and benefits are according to a public service position in Germany (TV-H E 13, 65% part-time position). The contract should start on February 1st 2023 and will be limited to 3 years. SGN 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.

You would like to apply?

Please include the reference to this position (ref.#11-22018) in the subject line and include a 1-page cover letter describing your motivation to apply, a detailed CV, full credentials/certificates (including a full transcript of records of your MSc degree) and contact details of two academic references, as well as a copy of your most important publication and/or a PDF of your Master thesis.

Please submit your application by 16 December 2022 via e-mail as a single PDF file to:

Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung, Senckenberganlage 25, 60325 Frankfurt


For scientific enquiries please contact:

Dr. Jörg Albrecht, e-mail:


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Bewerbungsende: 16.12.2022