The UFZ has a strong commitment to diversity and actively supports equal opportunities for all employees regardless of their origin, religion, ideology, disability, age or sexual identity. We look forward to applications from people who are open-minded and enjoy working in diverse teams.

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

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Aletta Bonn

Please submit your application via our online portal with your cover letter, CV (please omit your photo, age, or marital status) and relevant attachments.

Closing date for applications:

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 German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) is seeking to fill a

PostDoc / Senior scientist position (m/f/x) in Biodiversity and Health

Working time: 100% (39 hours per week), limited to 3 years with an option to extend

Your tasks:

The German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) is a
National Research Centre located in the city of Leipzig and jointly
hosted by the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU), the
Friedrich Schiller University Jena (FSU), the University of Leipzig (UL),
and the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ). Its
central mission is to promote theory-driven synthesis and data-driven
theory in this emerging field. The concept of iDiv encompasses the
detection of biodiversity, understanding its emergence, exploring its
consequences for ecosystem functions and services, and developing
strategies to safeguard biodiversity under global change.

  • Development of biodiversity and health research
  • Biodiversity-Health Pathway analysis of effects of urban biodiversity on health using longitudinal health cohort data (LIFE Adult) and environmental data, incl for garden visits
  • Analysis of citizen science as intervention measure for nature connectedness and health
  • Experimental health research in international Biodiversa project Dr Forest
  • High-quality scientific outputs in the form of journal publications
  • Co-supervision of PhD and MSc students
  • Contribution to international science-policy biodiversity and health networks

Your profile:

  • PhD in environmental psychology, biology or a relevant subject area linked to biodiversity and health research
  • Excellent skills in quantitative statistics essentiell; experience in structural equation modelling and analysis of longitudinal cohort studies highly desirable
  • Experience in interview and survey design, implementation and analysis
  • Experience in scientific publications 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English (German appreciated)
  • Challenged by the opportunity to develop a scientific research programme connected to your own academic career
  • High motivation and very good organisational skills, team player, interest to work in an interdisciplinary team and ability to liaise with a variety of stakeholders essential

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 attractive public-sector social security benefits