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PhD Student (m/f/d) 19-078-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 65 % -position (currently 25,35 hours per week) for a

PhD Student (m/f/d)

with expertise in wild bees in agricultural landscape in the area of 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. 1 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. In order to relate the consequences of decisions on land-use, farming practices and intensities, but also landscape structures, to wild bee populations, a standardised trap nest type is still lacking. We therefore aim to develop such a trap nest that enables us a continuous, automatic collection of data on population development and seasonal and daytime activity patterns of wild bees in space and time and that can be integrated as a standard method in monitoring schemes and citizen science projects.

Job description:

  • Adapt/modify/combine existing trap nests to develop a trap nest type that can be used as standard method in monitoring programs
  • Develop a multifunctional trap nest type that enables automated recording of e.g. population development and seasonal and daily activity patterns
  • Develop methods for an automated recognition of taxa
  • Carry out qualitative and quantitative assessments of the developed standardised trap nest type
  • Publishing and presenting results in international scientific journals and at conferences
  • Support drafting reports

Your profile:

  • University degree (M.Sc., Univ.-Diploma) in landscape ecology, agroecology, environmental science or closely related fields
  • Interest in agricultural and environmental topics
  • Creativity and technical skills are required to develop a trap nest type that can be used as a standard method in monitoring programmes
  • Delight in working scientifically
  • Experienced in statistical data analyses, in particular with R
  • Experienced in insect identification, preferably in wild bees
  • Ability to work independently and strong capacity for interdisciplinary teamwork
  • Strong communication skills
  • Candidates should be fluent in English (written and spoken) and have basic knowledge of the German language or the willingness to learn it
  • Candidates should held 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.

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 19-078-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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