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PhD 5-1

PhD student position: Benthic ecology - Community effects on dispersal and persistence of macrozoobenthos

Institute for Chemistry and Biology of Marine Systems (ICBM)
University of Oldenburg, Germany

The position within the German Science Foundation (DFG) research group "Dynacom" is available jointly in the ICBM groups "Environmental Biochemistry" and "Benthic Ecology". The workplace is located in Wilhelmshaven, Germany.

Spatial and temporal processes of dispersal and persistence contribute essentially to the dynamics of metapopulations. Next to migration or dispersal abilities of species, fundamental factors that may determine the persistence of macrozoobenthic consumers are in principle the availability of food and other resources and the means to exploit these. This project aims to study consequences of different dispersal and persistence abilities of different benthic invertebrates on resource use and community composition.

The successful candidate will characterize macrozoobenthic communities along environmental gradients in the field, conduct experiments in mesocosms and analyze physiological parameters such as stable isotope abundances, fatty acid composition, and C:N ratios.


  • Sampling and taxonomic identification of marine benthic invertebrates
  • Conducting mesocosm experiments (including set up and maintenance)
  • Stable isotope analysis
  • Fatty acid analysis
  • Multivariate statistical analysis of acquired data


  • Academic university degree (master or equivalent) in marine biology or natural sciences
  • Ability and willingness to work in a multidisciplinary, international team and to communicate with external partners
  • Very good command of spoken and written English
  • Participation in field sampling and on sea cruises

Salary and conditions
The position will be starting 01.01.2019 for a duration of three years. Salary will be according to TVL E13 (65%).

The Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg is dedicated to increasing the percentage of female employees in the field of science and encourages applications from female candidates.
Applicants with disabilities will be preferentially considered in case of equal qualification.

Applications should be sent with all the usual documents (included in a single pdf file) no later than Sep 30, 2018 to Dr. Sven Rohde (

If you have any questions regarding this job offer, please feel free to contact Dr. Sven Rohde ( or Prof. Dr. Ingrid Kröncke (

Christina Oswald (Stand: 23.09.2018)