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Scientist (m/f/d) 19-077-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)

for the development of a bumblebee monitoring scheme within the joint project Monitoring biodiversity in agricultural landscapes. The position is limited to a fixed term of three (3) 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 (

Wild bees are important structural and measure indicators in agricultural landscapes and play an important role in ecosystem services such as pollination. As bumblebee populations are declining, we aim to develop and establish a bumblebee-monitoring scheme at the national level. Through the survey of bumblebee populations, we aim to relate changes in agricultural landscapes, i.e. landscape structures, farming practices and intensities, to the bumblebee populations and gain reliable information about causes for long-term population trends.

Job description:

  • Develop a concept and methodology for a bumblebee monitoring scheme in agricultural landscapes
  • Develop a sampling methodology for the food spectrum (pollen analysis) in cooperation with professional associations and scientific institutions
  • Compile and evaluate so far established methods and experiences from existing national and international bumblebee-monitoring programmes
  • Publishing and presenting results in international scientific journals and at conferences
  • Organisation of meetings and workshops at which the methods that have to be developed are discussed and ways of practical implementation are worked out in close cooperation with state institutions

Your profile:

  • University degree (M.Sc., Univ.-Diploma) in landscape ecology, agro-ecology, environmental science, biology, or closely related fields
  • A PhD in one of those fields is necessary
  • Interest in agricultural and environmental topics
  • Solid knowledge of monitoring programmes is required
  • Experienced in the identification of wild bees, at least in bumblebees
  • Solid knowledge in recording methods of wild bees
  • Experience in pollen analysis is desirable or rather the willingness to become acquainted with it
  • Experienced in statistical data analyses, in particular with R
  • Experiences in database management (e.g. Access)
  • Basic knowledge of geographic information systems (e.g. ArcGIS) is desirable
  • Strong communication skills, experience in cooperation with associations, specialist authorities and professional associations is desirable
  • Ability to work independently and strong capacity for interdisciplinary teamwork
  • Candidates should be fluent in English (written and spoken) and be proficient in German
  • Candidates should hold a valid driver’s licence

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 19-077-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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