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Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW) & TU Berlin

PhD & Postdoc position - urban ecology & modelling

Application deadline: 24.1.2016

The Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW) in the Forschungsverbund Berlin e. V. (www.izw-berlin.de) together with the Freie Universität Berlin, the Technical University of Berlin, the University of Potsdam, and the other partners in the Berlin-Brandenburg Institute for Advanced Biodiversity Research (BBIB, www.bbib.org) have formed a consortium to implement a major new interdisciplinary research initiative, the “Bridging in Biodiversity Science” (http://www.bbib.org/bridging-in-biodiversity-science.html) project funded by the Federal Ministry of Research and Education (BMBF).

Within the work package “Rural-urban coupling”, the IZW, together with its partner, the Technical University Berlin (TUB), seek to fill the following positions:

1 ecological modeler/ quantitative ecologist, with focus on spatial analyses (postdoc) – IZW & TU Berlin

Tasks: The research initiative will focus on quantifying and modelling the biodiversity impacts of human-mediated ecological processes and socioeconomic drivers, investigating processes at the expanding human-wildlife interface, and accounting for past and current landscape configuration. We are looking for a highly motivated researcher keen to work in the fields of urban ecology, spatial modelling and simulation. The goal of the project will be to develop species habitat models (flora, fauna), and to link these models to urban and rural matrix heterogeneity and patch configuration.

Requirements: The successful candidate will have a strong expertise in the development of spatial models, spatial statistics and species distribution modelling. A sound knowledge in geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing, programming (e.g., Python, R) and geodatabase management is required. Applicants must hold a doctoral degree, have proven publication skills and should be able to work independently. Organisational skills, high motivation and the willingness to work as part of a team within an interdisciplinary project are essential.

1 doctoral student in urban ecology / hedgehogs – IZW

Tasks: As part of this research initiative, the doctoral student will study the life history, movements, and population structure of European hedgehogs (Erinaceus europaeus) along a rural-urban gradient, by using radio-collaring and telemetry, collection and analysis of genetic samples to assess population structure in a landscape context and participating in the citizen science module of the project.

Requirements: Completed master’s/diploma degree in biological sciences, a degree in veterinary medicine or similar life sciences; competence in statistical methods (particularly R) and a sound knowledge in geographic information systems (GIS); an open and communicative attitude towards stakeholders and members of the public; sound German and English language skill (spoken and written); an excellent ability to work as part of a team and interact fruitfully with scientists from a wide variety of fields; a background in ecology, previous experience with wildlife, biotelemetry, experience in field research and a valid driving licence would be highly advantageous.

Applications and working environment: We offer state-of-the-art methodology and a stimulating research environment within an interdisciplinary, collaborative context. Both positions are limited to three years and start on March 1st, 2016, with salary according to TVöD (50% for doctoral student, 100% for postdoc). As a member of the Leibniz Association the IZW is an equal opportunity employer, determined to increase the proportion of women in successful scientific careers, and particularly encourages women to apply. Preference will be given to disabled applicants with the same qualifications. Enquiries or questions should be directed to (a) postdoc: Dr Stephanie Kramer-Schadt ( Tato emailová adresa je chráněna před spamboty, abyste ji viděli, povolte JavaScript ), or Prof. Ingo Kowarik ( Tato emailová adresa je chráněna před spamboty, abyste ji viděli, povolte JavaScript ); (b) doctoral student: Dr Anne Berger ( Tato emailová adresa je chráněna před spamboty, abyste ji viděli, povolte JavaScript ).

Please email complete application documents including a letter of motivation, CV, copies of relevant degrees, and names and contact details of two referees as soon as possible but no later than January 24th, 2016 via the IZW’s (www.izw-berlin.de) online-job-market (button “Apply online”). Please note: Interviews will take place at the IZW on January 28th and January 29th 2016.


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