Offene Stellen


Prof. Dr. Bernd Blasius

Institute of Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment (ICBM)

Phone (OL) +49 (0)441 798 3997


Offene Stellen

PhD student position (m/f/d)

Time series analysis of spatio-temporal variability in coastal phytoplankton

The Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment (ICBM) at the Carl von
Ossietzky University of Oldenburg invites applications for a

PhD student position (m/f/d)
Time series analysis of spatio-temporal variability in coastal phytoplankton
salary according to E13 TV-L, 75%
starting summer 2022 for a period of 3 years

The ICBM is an interdisciplinary research institute, for fundamental and applied marine
research. The internationally renowned institute aims at understanding the function of
marine environmental systems through close cooperation of the various scientific disciplines
(chemistry, biology, physics, mathematical modelling) of its more than 20 research groups.
The position is available in the Mathematical Modelling group of Prof. Dr. Bernd Blasius at
the ICBM and is part of a cooperation between the ICBM and the Royal Netherlands
Institute for Sea Research NIOZ. It will be jointly supervised by Prof. Dr. Bernd Blasius and
Prof. Dr. Helmut Hillebrand at the ICBM and Prof. Dr. Katja Philippart at NIOZ.
Your tasks: The aim of this binational German-Dutch project is to analyze spatio-temporal
data on phytoplankton communities in the German and Dutch Wadden Sea and adjacent
coastal waters. The successful candidate will have access to long-term abiotic and biotic
information along several stations and transects. Using modern data analysis methods, such
as multi-variate wavelet analysis and machine learning techniques, he/she will study
temporal and spatial variation in phytoplankton composition in relation to abiotic
conditions. The aim will be to identify characteristic phase shifts in the seasonal succession,
to estimate variability and long-term trends in community turnover rates, and to analyze
how and why these patterns vary along the Dutch-German coast.
Requirements: Qualifying academic university degree (Master or Diploma (not of a
University of Applied Sciences)), with a strong background in theoretical ecology, applied
mathematics, or related areas. Profound knowledge in ecology, time series analysis, or
machine learning is required. Applicants experienced in the field of phytoplankton ecology
are particularly encouraged to apply. Applicants should be fluent in written and spoken
English and should have a strong interest to work in a multidisciplinary team.
The University of Oldenburg is dedicated to increasing the percentage of female employees
in the field of science. Therefore, female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. In
accordance with Lower Saxony regulations (§ 21 Section 3 NHG) female candidates with
equal qualifications will be preferentially considered. Applicants with disabilities will be
given preference in case of equal qualification.
For further information regarding this position, please contact Prof. Dr. Bernd Blasius
( Applications, including a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and qualifying
documents (final academic records) should be submitted by email in a single pdf file to
Bernd Blasius ( ) by 15 July 2022.

(Stand: 21.06.2022)