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Scientist with expertise in Ecology, Entomology, Biocontrol (18-023-BD)

The Institute of Biodiversity at the Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institute, Federal Research Institute for Rural Areas, Forestry and Fisheries, is offering a three-year limited position, starting April 1st,2018 for a

Scientist with expertise in Ecology, Entomology, Biocontrol

to conduct research in the area of “biodiversity and ecosystem service assessment of diversified farming system”. The position is ideal to work on a PhD thesis. It is a part-time position with 19.5 hours per week. The position is designed to promote individual academic qualifications, and in addition to official responsibilities also opens up opportunities for further academic training. The individually achieved work results may be used for the purpose of obtaining a doctorate. If desired, the Ph.D can be submitted to the Technical University of Braunschweig.

The Thünen Institut is a German research institute under the auspices of the German Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL). It develops scientific basics as decision-making helps for the policies of the German government. The Institute of Biodiversity studies life in agroecosystems, especially in regard to the utilization and protection of biodiversity. This includes plants, animals and microorganisms. The research will be conducted in the Landscape Ecology group (head: Dr. Jens Dauber). The Institute is located on an agricultural research campus in Braunschweig, one of the main research centers in Germany.

The position is within the project "DiverIMPACTS ? Diversification through Rotation, Intercropping, Multiple Cropping, Promoted with Actors and value-Chains towards Sustainability" ( The overall goal of DiverIMPACTS is to achieve the full potential of diversification of cropping systems for improved productivity, delivery of ecosystem services and resource-efficient and sustainable value chains. Field experiments and on-farm case studies will be used to test effects of diversification strategies on the diversity, functional composition and abundance of natural enemies, alternative prey and indicators of regulating ecosystem services.

Job description

  • Sampling of epigeic arthropods in field experiments and case study sites in Germany and other EU-countries
  • Rating of pest infestation and occurrence of natural biocontrol agents in diversified cropping systems
  • Preparation of standard sampling protocols and coordination of field sampling by project partners
  • Planning and execution of field ecological studies in Lower Saxony, Germany and in other EU-countries
  • Analyzing and evaluating biodiversity and ecosystem service effects of diversified cropping systems
  • Publishing and presenting results in international and national scientific journals and at conferences

Your profile

  • University degree (M.Sc., Diploma) in ecology, agroecology, environmental science, geoecology or closely related fields
  • Interest in agricultural and environmental topics and good understanding of agroecosystems and farming systems
  • Trained in taxonomy of epigeic predatory Arthropods or other natural biocontrol agents
  • Experienced in statistical data analyses, in particular with R
  • Solid working knowledge of field-ecological methods
  • Ability to work independently and strong capacity for interdisciplinary teamwork
  • Candidates should be fluent in English (written and spoken)

The 36-months term is fixed. The individually achieved work results may be used for the purpose of obtaining a doctorate. The employment complies with the terms of the contract for Public Service (TVöD); payment will be according to the German pay scale TVöD 13.

The Thünen Institute supports gender equality. Qualified female applicants are encouraged to apply.

Individuals with disabilities will be accorded particular consideration, subject to comparable qualifications; they will be expected to show only a minimum degree of physical aptitude.

Please contact Dr. Jens Dauber (+49 531 596 2586; for enquiries about the position.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae and copies of relevant certificates. Electronic submission is preferred. E-mail all application material must be compiled in one single pdf-document (subject 18-023-BD) and submitted not later than February 20, 2018 to

Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut

Institut für Biodiversität

Bundesallee 65, 38116 Braunschweig, Germany

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