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Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung GmbH - UFZ
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The Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) with its 1,100 employees has gained an excellent reputation as an international competence centre for environmental sciences. We are part of the largest scientific organisation in Germany, the Helmholtz association. Our mission: Our research seeks to find a balance between social development and the long-term protection of our natural resources.

The German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research Halle-Jena-Leipzig (iDiv) in cooperation with the Department of Community Ecology (UFZ) offers a position that will be co-mentored by Prof. Tiffany Knight and Dr. Nadja Rüger (University of Leipzig). Duty station is Leipzig and the working language is English. iDiv is a national research centre funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and located in the city of Leipzig. One of iDiv’s central missions is to promote theory-driven synthesis in Biodiversity Science. More information about iDiv:

PostDoc ‘Global woody demography’ (m/f/x)

Working time: 100% (39 hours per week), limited to 30.09.2021 with option to extend

Your tasks:

The goal of this position is to answer synthetic research questions at the demography-conservation interface and to create an open-access database on woody plant demography. Demographic information is available in population- and community-level studies around the world. This research will quantitatively synthesize demographic data on woody plants, derive demographic metrics, such as generation time, and link demography to forest conservation. In addition, the research will use phylogenetic and trait information to estimate metrics for woody species with limited or no demographic information.

• Collaborative planning, organization and implementation of a research project synthesizing existing demographic information on woody plants
• Construction of a woody plant demography database
• Development of linkages at the interface of research in woody plant demography and other related strategic projects at the UFZ and iDiv
• Publication of scientific papers in internationally peer-reviewed journals
• Be an active and engaged member of the scientific community at UFZ, iDiv and affiliated institutions and support the general dissemination of research results

Your profile:

• A PhD degree related to plant population ecology, community ecology, or mathematical modeling of biological systems
• Specialization in understanding demographic models of population or forest dynamics
• Strong quantitative skills using R
• Strong interest in linking demography to other research areas, such as conservation, plant functional traits, forest composition, systematics
• Experience in designing and managing data bases is an asset
• Strong publication record (or evidence that this will be forthcoming)
• Experience working in an international collaborative working group
• Fluent in English (spoken and written) with excellent communication skills, basic knowledge of German is an asset but not required

Applications should be done via our online application system and include (i) a letter of interest, (ii) a brief overview of the skills and experiences that the candidate has that could be applied to this topic (1 page), (iii) curriculum vitae, and (iv) the names and E- Mail addresses of two individuals who could provide an evaluation of the candidate upon request. Interviews are envisioned to take place at the beginning of September.

We offer:

  • Excellent technical facilities which are without parallel
  • The freedom you need to bridge the difficult gap between basic research and close to being ready for application
  • Work in inter-disciplinary, multinational teams and excellent links with national and international research networks
  • A vibrant region with a high quality of life and a wide cultural offering for a balance between family and professional life
  • Interesting career opportunities and an extensive range of training and further education courses
  • Remuneration up to the TVöD public-sector pay grade 13 including public-sector social security benefits