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Postdoc 10-1

Within the German Science Foundation (DFG) funded research unit DynaCom (Spatial community ecology in highly dynamic landscapes: from island biogeography to metaecosystems), we offer a

3-year Postdoc Position in Ecology
E 13 TV-L, 100 %

starting January 2019. The position will work in two working groups, the Plankton Ecology Lab at the Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment ICBM at the university in Oldenburg, situated in Wilhelmshaven und Oldenburg, as well as the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research iDiv located in Leipzig. The position is for 36 months, the postdoc will be employed first by iDiv Leipzig for 12 months and then by the University of Oldenburg in the Plankton Ecology Lab for 24 months.

With regard to statistical modelling, the postdoc is expected to look at the allometric scale of active versus passive dispersal and its impact on beta‐diversity and on stoichiometric constraints of resource use including the trait‐environment relationships. With regard to theory, existing models on priority effects in spatially coupled systems and spatial food webs in a metaecosystem context need to be extended. The work requires advanced knowledge in data integration, as this postdoc also represents one out of two data synthesis persons in this research unit, and skills in model development. Finally, the postdoc will directly engage with the Wadden Sea National Park authority to discuss and create extensions of this work into ecosystem management.

We are looking for a candidate holding an outstanding academic university degree and a PhD in Ecology or a closely related subject. The candidate must have a strong background in ecological principles and expertise in theoretical ecology, statistical data analysis, modeling and good writing skills. The postdoc needs excellent skills in quantitative ecological modelling and experience in data synthesis in large projects.

Candidates should be fluent in written and spoken English, should have a strong interest in multidisciplinary research and great enthusiasm for scientific work, as well as good team spirit because a close cooperation with all working groups within this collaborative research effort is required.

The Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg and iDiv are 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 Prof. Dr. Helmut Hillebrand (

If you have any questions regarding this job offer, please feel free to contact Prof. Ulrich Brose ( or Prof. Dr. Helmut Hillebrand (

Christina Oswald (Stand: 23.09.2018)