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Postdoc position in Animal Ecology

Viernes, 26-05-2023

Postdoc position in Animal Ecology (m/w/d)

(University of Würzburg)

“Pollinator Ecology”


We offer a Research Scientist (Postdoc) position at the Department for Animal Ecology and

Tropical Biology, Biocenter, University of Würzburg, Germany for three years with possible

extension. The position builds upon long-term research activities of the group on the ecology

of wild bees and hoverflies in the context of land-use and climate change and landscape-scale

effects. The successful candidate (i) will analyse existing data sets on pollinator diversity,

community dynamics and plant-pollinator interactions as well as data sets from large-scale

experiments with below- and above-ground nesting bees, and (ii) will have the opportunity to

develop own research activities. A further goal is to provide science-based recommendations

on which combinations of existing and new agri-environmental schemes and conservation

measures can be used to make agricultural landscapes more pollinator-friendly.

The candidate is expected to hold a PhD degree in Ecology or a similar discipline with a

background in bee ecology. Further requirements are a very good knowledge of ecological

statistics (using R), very good writing and communication skills, ability to work independently

and self-motivated, and the willingness to supervise BSc, MSc and PhD students.

Other valuable skills are practical experience in using GIS and DNA-metabarcoding of pollen

or insect samples, and German language skills. We offer the membership in an ambitious

research team, modern facilities, an international research environment and the opportunity

to cooperate in ongoing and shape emerging research programs.

Salary and benefits are according to public service positions in Germany (TVL, full position.

The position is suitable for part-time employment). Female scientists are particularly

encouraged to apply. Disabled applicants will be preferentially considered in case of

equivalent qualification. Earliest possible start date is 15th September 2023.


Please send your application as a single pdf file per-email to ingolf.steffan@uni-wuerzburg.de

and andrea.holzschuh@uni-wuerzburg.de latest until 1st July 2023. Applications should

include a cover letter, a short summary of research interests, CV, complete certificates, and

the names (with email addresses) of two potential referees.

For further information, please contact

Prof. Dr. Ingolf Steffan-Dewenter (phone +49 931 3186947) or Prof. Dr. Andrea Holzschuh

(phone +49 931 3182380) Department of Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology, Biocenter,

University of Würzburg, Am Hubland, 97074 Würzburg, Germany, by Email (see above) or

phone, or check the homepage: https://www.zoo3.biozentrum.uni-wuerzburg.de/en/