Filled Positions

 

Postdoctoral Position in Global Change Ecology

 

Our research group invites applications for the following position:

 

Academic Staff Member

(PostDoc) in Global Change Ecology

Requisition No.: 319/2021

 

The position is available from June 1, 2021. The salary is determined by the collective bargaining agreement for public employees in Germany (TV-L 13). The position is for 40 hours per week (100 % of a full-time contract). This is a temporary position limited to a term of 3 years in accordance with Section 2 subsection 1 of the Fixed-Term Employment Contracts in Science and Research Act (WissZeitVG).

 

The position is offered within the framework of an interdisciplinary research project (GreenGaDe - Greenhouse Gas Determination in West Africa’s Agricultural Landscapes) funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education, BMBF. The GreenGaDe project aims to provide baseline data and predict the evolution of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and carbon stocks in the agricultural sector in West Africa. It will specifically use a multidisciplinary approach to build a consistent database at the local and regional level to support West African countries in reducing GHG emissions, and will help build climate change scenarios based on the dynamics of the agricultural sector.

 

Your tasks:

  • Establish a cross-project database structure and ensure uniform recording of GHG emission and carbon pools in different ecosystem compartments (soil, woody vegetation, herbaceous vegetation)
  • Compile GHG emission / carbon pool data as well as related environmental data
  • Integrate existing data and GreenGaDe results to synthetically analyze (in-) direct effects of climate and land-use change on GHG emissions and carbon dynamics in West Africa’s agricultural landscapes

 

 

Qualifications:

  • Excellent PhD degree in Plant Ecology or a related field with a strong publication record
  • Profound theoretical and practical knowledge in the field of Global Change Ecology, preferably with a focus on carbon pool dynamics
  • Experience with relational databases (preferably ACCESS)
  • Very good knowledge in biostatistics and modern statistical methods (especially multivariate statistics, GLMM and SEM with R)
  • Good ability to think conceptually
  • Committed and team-oriented
  • Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English; good knowledge of French

 

We offer:

  • A stimulating work environment, encouraging you to explore new scientific directions
  • A vibrant scientific exchange with national and international researchers
  • Participation in an innovative, interdisciplinary and multicultural research environment

 

We offer you varied and challenging tasks in a dynamic team as well as attractive working conditions. Find out more about the wide range of offers and benefits for our employees on the internet at https://www.uni-potsdam.de/de/arbeiten-an-der-up/. For further insights into the University of Potsdam, please visit our homepage at https://www.uni-potsdam.de/en/. Prof. Dr. Anja Linstädterwill be happy to provide you with further information regarding the job advertisement via e-mail: linstaedteruni-potsdamde.

 

Under the laws of the federal state of Brandenburg, employees under this contract are permitted to dedicate at least a third of their contract time to their own academic qualification.

 

The University of Potsdam aims to increase the proportion of women in research and teaching and therefore invites qualified female applicants to apply. The University of Potsdam values the diversity of its members and pursues the goals of equal opportunities regardless of gender, nationality, ethnic and social origin, religion/belief, disability, age, sexual orientation or identity. In the case of equal suitability, women within the meaning of Section 7 (4) BbgHG (Brandenburg Higher Education Act) and people with severe disabilities will be given preferential consideration. Applications from abroad and from persons with a migration background are expressly welcome.

 

This position is assigned to the group of academic staff with the possibility of qualification (“habilitation”).

 

Applicants should send their application materials (as one PDF file containing CV, copies of all certificates, motivation letter, contact data of at least two referees), by March 31, 2021 at the latest by e-mail to Ms. Jennifer Kaminski: biodiversityuni-potsdamde with the subject line “Academic Staff Member (PostDoc) – 319/2021”.

 

 

PhD position in  Molecular Ecology

We offer a PhD position in the interdisciplinary research field of Molecular Ecology. The position is available in the groups of Anja Linstädter and Michael Lenhard at the Institute of Biochemistry and Biology, University of Potsdam, Germany.‍

The project aims to characterize the genetic basis underlying plastic responses of leaf traits to environmental variation seen in different Arabidopsis thaliana accessions. This study of phenotypic plasticity will use large-scale plant phenotyping and quantitative-genetic approaches to identify genetic variants that influence the responsiveness of plant form and function to variable environmental conditions. Candidate genes will be followed up for functional analysis using methods of molecular, developmental and cell biology. The project will thus provide training in state-of-the-art methods in functional plant ecology, quantitative genetics, and molecular ecology.

The successful candidate holds an excellent MSc degree in Biology with a focus on Genetics, Developmental Biology or Functional Ecology. He/she should have relevant previous research experience and very good skills in statistical analyses with R. The working language of the groups is English.

 

We offer:                

• A stimulating work environment, encouraging you to explore new scientific directions

• A vibrant scientific exchange with national and international researchers

• Participation in an innovative, interdisciplinary research environment

‍The position is offered according to the German payscale TV-L E13 (50%) for three years, with a start date in early 2021. For additional information, please refer to the group websites (https://www.uni-potsdam.de/de/ibb-biodiversitaet/index ) & www.uni-potsdam.de/en/ibb-genetik/) or contact Anja Linstädter (linstaedteruni-potsdamde) and Michael Lenhard (michael.lenharduni-potsdamde).

Please submit your documents (CV, copies of certificates, motivation letter, contact data of at least two referees) as one pdf document to Ms Jennifer Kaminski (biodiversityuni-potsdamde).

Application deadline is January 31st 2021, or until the position is filled.

 

 

 

PhD position in Functional Plant Ecology

At the Institute of Biochemistry and Biology, University of Potsdam (Germany), the research group Biodiversity Research/ Systematic Botany (Prof. Dr. Anja Linstädter) offers a third-party funded PhD position in the research field of Functional Plant Ecology.

 

The position is offered within the framework of an interdisciplinary research project (SeBAS- Sensing Biodiversity Across Scales) within the Biodiversity Exploratories funded by the German Science Foundation, DFG. The SeBAS project aims at improving the understanding of land-use effects on the biodiversity-ecosystem service relationship by integrating site-based ecological research with Remote Sensing. It will specifically explore linkages between taxonomic and functional plant diversity and the ecosystem service of forage provision, focusing on observation units relevant for decision-making, i.e. meadows or pastures, farms, and landscapes.

 

The successful candidate holds an excellent MSc degree in in plant ecology or a related subject. (S)he should have profound theoretical and practical knowledge in functional plant ecology and ecosystem ecology; as well as very good knowledge in biostatistics (preferably with R), and the ability and willingness to travel independently in Germany for extended periods of time. The working language of the group is English.

 

Your tasks:

• Use of advanced concepts and research methods in functional plant ecology

• Research stays and field data collection in Germany’s Biodiversity Exploratories

• Explore land-use effects on biodiversity and ecosystem services at different spatial scales

• Work in an interdisciplinary team with remote sensing researchers 

                 

We offer:                

• A stimulating work environment, encouraging you to explore new scientific directions

• A vibrant scientific exchange with national and international researchers

• Participation in an innovative, interdisciplinary research environment

 

The position is offered according to the German payscale TV-L E13 (65%) for three years, with a start date in early 2021. For additional information, please refer to the group website (www.uni-potdam.de/de/ibb-biodiversitaet/) or contact Anja Linstädter (linstaedter@uni-potsdam.de).

 

Please submit your documents (CV, copies of certificates, motivation letter, contact data of at least two referees) as one pdf document to Ms Jennifer Kaminski (biodiversity@uni-potsdam.de). Application deadline is January 15th 2021, or until the position is filled.