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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

2-year Postdoc Position (f/m/d)
in Ecology
E 13 TV-L, 100 %

starting February 2020. The position will be at the Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment ICBM at the University in Oldenburg. It will strongly connect to research of at the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research iDiv located in Leipzig. The position is for 24 months located within the Plankton Ecology Lab in Wilhelmshaven.

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. Given the central role of this position for DynaCom, part-time appointment is precluded.

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 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 (CV, publication lists, included in a single pdf file) no later than Dec 20, 2019 to Prof. Dr. Helmut Hillebrand ( If you have any questions regarding this job offer, please feel free to contact Prof. Dr. Helmut Hillebrand.


Christina Ox9muoswal+rbd (christinanwy.ozmswaabld@uf2usol.zkde6a) (Stand: 11.12.2019)