Postdoc position in Aquatic Ecogeography (f/m/x)

Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB)

Berlin, Germany 🇩🇪

For the Department of Community and Ecosystem Ecology of IGB in Berlin-Friedrichshagen at Lake MĂĽggelsee, we are inviting applications for the position of a Postdoc starting as of 01.12.2022 or when the position is filled.

Join the research group Aquatic Ecogeography â€“ we are an international team investigating the impacts of global change on freshwater (particularly riverine) ecosystems. We combine community ecology, conservation biology, ecological & habitat modelling, and biogeography approaches. The position will be embedded in the project “Freshwater Megafauna Futures” funded by the Leibniz Association’s Competition. In this project, we combine basic ecological research, anthropogenic impact analysis, and the human dimension to provide a comprehensive understanding of global freshwater megafauna. There are two potential focus areas for this position, depending on the interest and expertise of the selected candidate: (a) Developing the concept of cultural importance for freshwater megafauna, addressing how human’s perception of these species can enhance freshwater conservation, e.g. through identifying flagship umbrella species. (b) Linking temporal changes of river morphology using high-resolution satellite imagery to population and distribution dynamics of freshwater megafauna.

Your key responsibilities

  • Develop your own research program along the project lines.
  • Lead at least two high-quality papers in this research area
  • Contribute ideas to the project development
  • Contribute to the project’s outreach and teaching activities
  • Collaborate with other team members, including supervising students, sharing skills, and helping solve problems in their area of expertise.

Your profile

  • You hold a PhD e.g. in conservation, environmental science, ecology or related fields of biology or geography (or equivalent), or anthropology or social sciences, or you have submitted your PhD thesis for assessment.
  • Essential is a strong interest in working with freshwater megafauna and in an interdisciplinary social and natural sciences context in order to understand conservation challenges and solutions.
  • Essential is publication experience.
  • Essential are very good verbal and written communication skills in English.
  • Desirable is experience in one or several of the following skills: geospatial data management and statistical analysis, use of R, GIS, preferably open source GIS (e.g. QGIS).
  • The successful candidate is expected to have strong collaborative skills to foster collaboration with other research groups at the IGB and Humboldt-Universität Berlin and other project partners; a commitment to promoting a positive and inclusive institutional culture is required.
  • Experience in translating conservation science to action and/or work at the science/policy interface are beneficial.

Our offer

We offer an interesting position in an international, interdisciplinary, and dynamic scientific environment across different fields of research. We encourage teamwork and offer network activities among early-career scientists and social activities. We allow maximum individual freedom and encourage everyone to develop and use their creativity to the best of their abilities. The position allows access to IGB’s well-developed research infrastructure and offers office space and equipment where needed.

Salary is paid according to the German salary scheme for the public sector (TVöD Bund). The position is offered on a full time, fixed-term basis for two years. The position is principally suited for job sharing or part-time work with at least 19 h/week. Applications by job-sharing tandems are welcome.

The IGB is committed to diversity and inclusion. We welcome every application, regardless of gender and gender identity, origin, nationality, religion, belief, health and physical disabilities, age or sexual orientation. Qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply. Appplicants with disabilities with equal qualification and aptitude will be given preferential consideration.

We foster your career development by providing qualification and training opportunities. We actively support the reconciliation of work and family life.

Are you interested?

We look forward to receiving your application with a letter outlining your motivation and suitability for the position, including a paragraph on your envisioned research for the postdoc research project (2 pages max.), a detailed CV (including publications and if available solicited funding), contact details of two referees, and copies of educational transcripts. Please provide all documents as a single PDF file 30.09.2022Please state the job reference number 15/2022 and apply exclusively via our recruitment platform at

Questions can be directed to Sonja Jähnig by phone +49 30 64181680 or by e-mail [email protected].

“Research for the future of our freshwaters” is the mission of the Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB). The IGB is Germany’s largest and one of the leading international research centres for freshwaters. We seek to understand the fundamental processes governing freshwaters and their communities. Our research findings help to tackle global environmental changes and to develop measures for sustainable water management. The IGB is a diverse and inspiring place to work and conduct research. We promote individual development at every career level and stand for lively exchange and cooperation. With more than 350 employees and guests from all over the world, we conduct research at five locations in Berlin and at Lake Stechlin (Brandenburg). IGB closely collaborates with numerous national and international universities and other partners in science and society and is a member of the Leibniz Association, which connects 96 independent public research institutes in Germany.