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Job offers of the Thünen Institute

Scientist (m/f/d) PhD Anglerverhalten

The Institute of Baltic Sea Fisheries at the Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institute, Federal Research Institute for Rural Areas, Forestry and Fisheries, in Rostock is offering a position at the earliest opportunity, for a three year period, for a

Scientist (m\f\d)

with half of the regular weekly working hours (currently 19.5 hours per week) on the topic of  ‚Agent-based modelling to asses behaviour of recreational fishers in reaction to management measures and interdependencies with the stock development of western Baltic cod‘.

The job offer is addressed to applicants who, in addition to the employment relationship, wish to advance their own scientific training, in particular those who aim to complete a PhD. In this context the Thünen Institute of Baltic Sea Fisheries is working in close collaboration with modelling and simulation expert Prof. Dr. A. Uhrmacher, Institute of Computer Science of the University of Rostock.

The applicant shall develop an agent-based simulation model that is able – on the basis of data on the recreational cod fishery and the western Baltic cod stock available at the Thünen Institute – to heterogeneously depict the behaviour of recreational fishers in response to management measures and changes in the fish stocks of the Baltic Sea system. To this end state of the art methods in agent-based simulation models, which allow for the microsimulations of individual recreational fishers behaviour and decision-making processes as well as their interactions, shall be used. As part of the project a simulation model shall be developed, which allows scientists to investigate the impact of different management measures both on the behaviour of recreational fishers as well as the development of the cod stock. In turn, the results of such simulations can then serve as the basis for knowledge-based fisheries management and policy design and assist in optimising the selection, impact and acceptance of management measures.


  • Evaluation of existing historical data on fishing behaviour, fishing effort and catches of the German marine recreational fishery in the Baltic Sea
  • Development of an agent-based simulation model for estimating recreational fishers behaviour in reaction to management decisions and the stock development of Baltic Sea cod
  • Execution and documentation of simulation experiments for the calibration and validation of the model
  • Publications of results in peer-reviewed international journals


  • University degree (M.Sc., Univ.-Diploma), e.g. in social sciences, biology, physics or computer science
  • High affinity to mathematical issues and solutions, demonstrated by study modules in Mathematics / Physics / Statistics / Computer Science
  • Analytical thinking and a quick grasp, even with complex questions
  • Knowledge of individual and agent-oriented modelling and simulation is an advantageous
  • Development and processing of scientific questions
  • Experience in writing scientific texts
  • High level of motivation, organizational skills and inventiveness
  • High level of teamwork and learning skills
  • Availability for multi-day travel activities (also international)
  • Good knowledge of recreational fishing in Germany and Europe is desired

We offer highly interesting work in applied research at the interface of science and fisheries management, the results of which are also in the public's considerable interest and form the basis for sustainable management of fish stocks and the marine environment, as well as a well-equipped modern work environment, a high degree of independence, opportunity for creative development and interdisciplinary and international cooperation.

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 temporal contract-limitation is based on § 2 (1) S. 1 Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz.

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.

Further questions can be directed at Dr. H. Strehlow (Email:, Tel. +49 381 8116 107) and Prof. Dr. A. Uhrmacher (Email:, Tel. +49 381 498 7610).

Interested candidates should send their written applications with tabular curriculum vitae, description of education and professional career and certificate copies, if possible as an electronic application (a PDF file), by the 15.04.2019 with the subject line "PhD Anglerverhalten" to

or in writing to:

Thünen-Institut für Ostseefischerei 

Herrn Dr. C. Zimmermann

Alter Hafen Süd 2, 18069 Rostock

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