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Scientist (m/f/d) 19-074-BD-engl

The Institute of Biodiversity at the Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institute, Federal Research Institute for Rural Areas, Forestry and Fisheries, in Braunschweig is offering a full-time position (currently 39 hours per week) for a

Scientist (m/f/d)

with expertise in analysing monitoring data (trend analyses) within the joint project Monitoring biodiversity in agricultural landscapes. The position is limited to a fixed term of five (5) years and is to be filled as soon as possible. The temporal contract-limitation is based on § 2 (1) S. 2 Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz.

Germany currently has no comprehensive data on the status and trends of biodiversity in agricultural landscapes. Against this background, the joint research project consisting of 11 specialized institutes of the Thünen and Julius-Kühn-Institute as well as the Information and Coordination Centre for Biological Diversity of the Federal Agency for Agriculture and Food aim at developing a modular monitoring scheme to survey biodiversity in agricultural landscapes in Germany (

Agricultural intensification is considered as a major driver of biodiversity loss. Monitoring of biodiversity in agricultural landscapes is required to understand the underlying relationships to land-use, farming practices and policy decisions. For that purpose, existing biodiversity data sets need to be merged to evaluate the opportunities, constraints, and limits with respect to analysing changes in biodiversity in agricultural landscapes. The focus of the successful applicant will be to develop and/or enhance statistical methods for calculating population trends and to derive methodological perspectives for a national trend-monitoring scheme.

Job description:

  • Develop methods for trend analyses of selected species/species groups
  • Data acquisition and quality control of biodiversity and land-use data from different sources (e.g. administrative authorities, nature conservation organisations, professional societies/federations and scientific institutions)
  • Evaluate the suitability of existing biodiversity data and monitoring approaches for integration into a monitoring scheme for biodiversity in agricultural landscapes
  • Analysis of relationships between population trends of different species/species groups and land-use/land-use change, farming practices, and landscape structure
  • Publish and present results in international and national scientific journals and at conferences

Your profile:

  • University degree (M.Sc., Univ.-Diploma) in landscape ecology, agro-ecology, environmental science, biology, or closely related fields with a strong link to biodiversity research
  • A PhD in one of those fields is necessary
  • Experienced in statistical data analysis, in particular in spatial modelling using R
  • Methodical knowledge in trend analyses (temporal and spatial autocorrelation, hierarchical Bayesian models) is desirable
  • Interest in agricultural and environmental topics and good understanding of agroecosystems and farming systems is desirable
  • Experience in database management and dealing with large, heterogeneous data sets is required
  • Knowledge in the field of monitoring and biodiversity indicators is desirable
  • Solid knowledge in geographical information systems (e.g. ArcGIS), SQL databases and PostGIS is desirable
  • Ability to work independently and strong capacity for interdisciplinary teamwork
  • Strong communication skills, experience in cooperation with citizen scientists, specialist authorities and professional associations is desirable
  • Candidates should be fluent in English (written and spoken) and have basic knowledge of the German language

We offer work in an active and stimulating scientific environment on questions of high relevance at the intersection between basic and applied life science and agriculture. The project promotes the collaboration and interaction with experts from national and international research organisations. The Thünen Institute offers a family-friendly environment, flexible working hours and the possibility for further training and qualification.

The employment is governed by the Wage Agreement for Public Services (TVöD-Bund). The payment of remuneration is carried out according to tariff-category 13 TVöD. A part time position is also possible.

The Thünen Institute promotes the professional equality of women and men and is thus especially interested in applications from women.

Severely disabled applicants with equal qualification will be given particular consideration. Only a minimum physical aptitude is expected from them.

Please contact Prof. Dr. Jens Dauber (phone: +49 531 596 2501) 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 (subject 19-074-BD) in a single pdf file no later than 31.03.2019 to

Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut
Institut für Biodiversität

Prof. Dr. Jens Dauber
Bundesallee 65

38116 Braunschweig


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