Postdoc position (TV-L HU E13, 100%) for 36 months
Organisation: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
The successful candidate will work on broad, biogeographic scales to better understand where such actions should take place in Central and Eastern Europe. Specifically, the position will develop and map satellite-based rewilding indicators for the land-water interface, and use them to assess, for example, changes in floodplain and river morphology, assess lateral river and floodplain connectivity, or understand habitat distribution and fragmentation of aquatic and semi-aquatic megafauna. This will allow for assessing restoration gaps and mapping priority areas for rewilding actions.
The position is connected to three research projects on rewilding and megafauna: the Leibniz Association-funded project “Freshwater Megafauna Futures”, and the EU Horizon Europe projects “Danube4all” and “wildE”. The position is shared between the Conservation Biogeography Lab in the Geography Department of Humboldt University Berlin and the Aquatic Ecogeography Lab in the Department of Community and Ecosystem Ecology of IGB. The candidate will be fully integrated in both research groups and actively link the groups.
Your key responsibilities will include:
- Develop your own research program along the project lines.
- Lead high-quality papers in this research area.
- Contribute ideas to the projects’ development.
- Contribute to the projects’ interim reports, deliverables and outreach.
- Collaborate with other team members, including supervising students, sharing skills, and helping solve problems in their area of expertise.
- A PhD in a relevant field (e.g. in environmental science, ecology or related fields of biology or geography). Submission of PhD thesis for assessment is sufficient. − Strong expertise in remote sensing, statistical analysis, and spatial modeling. − Advanced knowledge and experience in one or several of the following skills: R programming, Python programming, and open-source GIS tools such as GDAL/OGR and GRASS GIS.
- Publication experience commensurate with career level.
- Very good verbal and written communication skills in English.
- Strong collaborative skills to foster exchange and collaboration among the two research groups at the IGB and HU Berlin, and with other project partners.
- Commitment to promoting a positive and inclusive institutional culture. Experience in translating conservation science to action and/or work at the science/policy interface are beneficial.
We offer an interesting position in an international, interdisciplinary, and dynamic scientific environment across different fields of research. We encourage teamwork and offer network activities among early-career scientists and social activities. We allow maximum individual freedom and encourage everyone to develop and use their creativity to the best of their abilities. The position allows access to IGB’s and HU’s well-developed research infrastructure and offers office space and equipment where needed.
Salary is paid according to the German salary scheme for the public sector (TV-L E13) offering a wide range of benefits, including health insurance. The position is offered on a full-time, fixed term basis for three years. Note that the first 20 months will be contracted through HU Berlin, whereas the remaining 16 months will be contracted through the IGB.
HU and IGB are committed to diversity and inclusion. We welcome every application, regardless of gender and gender identity, origin, nationality, religion, belief, health and physical disabilities, age, or sexual orientation. Qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply. Applicants with disabilities with equal qualifications and aptitude will be given preferential consideration. We foster your career development by providing qualification and training opportunities. We actively support the reconciliation of work and family life.
We look forward to receiving your application with a letter outlining your motivation and suitability for the position, including your envisioned research for the postdoc research project (2 pages max.), a detailed CV (including publications and if available solicited funding), contact details of two referees, and copies of relevant degrees.
Please provide all documents as a single PDF file to Mrs. Camille Dammann ([email protected]). Please provide the reference number for this position in the content line of your email.
Please note that the legally binding version of this advertisement is the German version, which can be found here.