Universität Leipzig
Leipzig, Germany
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The German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig is one of four National Research Centres funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).

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.

It is located in the city of Leipzig and it’s a central institution of the Leipzig University, jointly hosted by the Martin Luther University Halle-

Wittenberg, the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena and the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ). Furthermore, it gains support by the Max Planck Society, the Leibniz Association and the Free State of Saxony.

More Information about iDiv :

Integrated in iDiv, the Leipzig University offers the following position, beginning on 1 October 2018 :

Postdoctoral researcher

on the project Scale-dependent drivers of biodiversity change in marine and terrestrial ecosystems

limited until 30 September 2020)

Salary : Entgeltgruppe 13 TV-L

Global concern about human impact on biological diversity has triggered an intense research agenda on drivers and consequences of biodiversity change in parallel with international policy seeking to conserve biodiversity and associated ecosystem functions.

However, quantifying the trends in biodiversity change is far from trivial. Therefore, this project aims to foster understanding of drivers of turnover with specific comparisons between marine and terrestrial ecosystems.

The prospective postdoctoral researcher will explore key hypothesis for the differences in marine and terrestrial ecosystems using existing databases and developing a new one.

Job description :

The postdoctoral position, while primarily based at iDiv in Leipzig, will bridge research at iDiv (in collaboration with Prof.

Jonathan Chase and Dr. Shane Blowes) and at the Helmholtz Institute for marine biodiversity in Oldenburg (in collaboration with Prof.

Helmut Hillebrand and Dr. Dorothee Hodapp). The research will use cutting edge methods to examine biodiversity change in the BioTime database to relate turnover in marine and terrestrial ecosystems to internal (e.

g. life history, traits) and external (e.g. temperature, impacts) drivers. In addition, he or she will develop a new spatial database exploring differences in key anthropogenic drivers in marine ecosystems (e.

g. marine protected areas, coastal runoff) as a complement to the terrestrial PREDICTS database.

Requirements : ,

  • an excellent PhD degree in ecology or a related field
  • strong quantitative skills are essential, preferably using R
  • strong interest in integrative biodiversity research
  • excellent written and oral communication skills in English
  • Applications are accepted until : July 23, 2018

    Applications should include : ,

  • cover letter (in English) describing motivation, research interests & relevant experience
  • complete curriculum vitae including names and contact details of at least two scientific references
  • PDF of one publication or thesis chapter
  • digital copy of MA / PhD certificates
  • Applications with reference file number 157 / 2018 are accepted via our application portal under We prefer applications via our application portal, hard copy applications can be sent to German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research iDiv;
  • Dr. Hanna Weise; Deutscher Platz 5e; 04103 Leipzig. Applicants can apply up to three positions, with tailored motivation letter for each position, please mention reference file numbers when applying.

    For queries on the application process, please contact Dr. Hanna Weise (E-Mail); for research project questions, contact Prof.

    Helmut Hillebrand (E-Mail) and / or Prof. Jonathan Chase (E-Mail).

    Applying via email is questionable under data protection law. The sender assumes full responsibility.,Severely disabled persons are encouraged to apply and will be given preference in the case of equal suitability.

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