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Your contact for any questions you may have about the job:

Prof. Dr. William Stanley Harpole

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Place of work: Leipzig

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Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung GmbH - UFZ
Permoserstraße 15
04318 Leipzig, Germany

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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 Department of Physiological Diversity is part of the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) and the Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research (UFZ) in Leipzig, Germany.
Our research program focuses broadly on testing and developing ecological theory to explain species coexistence and the impacts of global change on biodiversity. We offer a postdoc position that will have a focus on some combination of the following:

Postdoctoral Scientist (m/f/x) NutNet Europe (NEu) Project

Working time: 100% (39 hours per week), limited to 30 September, 2021
(an extension for further 3 years is possible and dependent upon successful renewal of DFG funding for iDiv (evaluation in spring 2021))

Your tasks:

  • Expanding and connecting the global experimental networks Nutrient Network and DRAGNet; we are especially interested to expand our networks in Eastern and Mediterranean Europe
  • Synthesising regional, esp. European, biodiversity data and experimental responses
  • Impacts of nutrient pollution on biodiversity and ecosystem functioning
  • Theory and mechanisms of coexistence
  • Application of new sensor technologies

Your profile:

  • Strong organizational and communication skills
  • PhD degree in community ecology or equivalent field with a strong background in theoretical and/or experimental biodiversity research
  • Very good knowledge of written and spoken English, basic knowledge of German language desirable or commitment to learn
  • Ability to travel and do field work (including a driving license valid in Europe)
  • Team player, high motivation for interdisciplinary and international scientific cooperation
  • Ability to prepare high-impact manuscripts for international journals independently

To Apply please submit the following supporting documents:
  • CV, including list of publications
  • Research Statement (1 page) outlining current and past research and your vision for how your research relates to and addresses the themes of our research group
  • List of 3 references and contact information
  • Copies of all relevant certificates e.g. Doctorate Certificate

We offer:

  • Excellent technical facilities which are without parallel
  • The freedom you need to bridge the difficult gap between high level basic research and application oriented research & development
  • Work in inter-disciplinary, multinational teams
  • Excellent links with national and international research networks
  • Leipzig is a vibrant city with a high quality of life and a wide cultural offerings for a balance between family and professional life
  • Interesting career opportunities and an extensive range of training and further education courses
  • Full-time-employment. Remuneration up to the TVöD public-sector pay grade 13 including attractive public-sector social security benefits