PostDoc (f/m/d) in riverine fish macroecology

Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR)

Görlitz, Germany 🇩🇪

Through cutting-edge research in the fields of ENERGY, HEALTH and MATTER, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) solves some of the pressing societal and industrial challenges of our time. Join our 1.500 employees from more than 50 nations at one of our six research sites and help us moving research to the next level!

The Center for Advanced Systems Understanding (CASUS) is a German-Polish research center for data-intensive digital systems research. CASUS was founded in 2019 in Görlitz and conducts digital interdisciplinary systems research in various fields such as earth systems research, systems biology and materials research.

To strengthen our diverse team, the Department of Earth System Science at CASUS is looking for a PostDoc (f/m/d) in riverine fish macroecology. The position will be available at the earliest possible date. The employment contract is limited to two years with the possibility of longer-term prospects.

The successful candidate (f/m/d) will be part of an interdisciplinary team studying how river network geometry, hydrology and water quality interact to shape freshwater fish biodiversity patterns in river systems worldwide. In particular, the postdoc (f/m/d) will extend and analyze a large-scale database of spatially-referenced fish species occurrence records and assorted covariates to identify key drivers of variation in riverine fish biodiversity.

Your tasks:

  • Extend a global database on spatially-referenced riverine fish species occurrence records
  • Analyze fish occurrence data to identify linkages between biodiversity and river network geometry, hydrology, and other covariates
  • Work closely with our team to provide empirical grounding and biological interpretation for biodiversity modeling efforts
  • Publish results in academic, peer-reviewed journals
  • Present results at scientific meetings

Your profile:

  • PhD degree in ecology, ichthyology, statistics, data science, or a related field
  • Knowledge of freshwater fish ecology and taxonomy
  • Strong background in statistics, data science and spatial analysis
  • Experience working with large, spatially-referenced datasets (e.g., in a GIS)
  • Advanced programming skills in modern data science languages (R, Python, or Julia)
  • Excellent communication skills in English in a professional context (presentation of research results at scientific meetings, colloquial discussions, manuscript writing)
  • Evidence of the ability to publish results in top peer-reviewed journals
  • Knowledge of biodiversity theory is advantageous but not required
  • Experience working with PostgreSQL databases and the PostGIS extension thereof is advantageous but not required

Our offer:

  • A vibrant research community in an open, diverse and international work environment
  • Scientific excellence and extensive professional networking opportunities
  • A wide range of qualification opportunities and individual career counseling provided by the Postdoc Center HZDR-TUD
  • Salary and social benefits in accordance with the collective agreement for the public sector (TVöD-Bund) including 30 days of paid holiday leave, company pension scheme (VBL)
  • We support a good work-life balance with the possibility of part-time employment, mobile working and flexible working hours
  • Numerous company health management offerings
  • Employee discounts with well-known providers via the platform Corporate Benefits

Kindly submit your completed application (including cover letter, CV, diplomas/transcripts, etc.) only via our Online-application-system.

For any questions, do not hesitate to ask: Dr. Justin Calabrese Tel.: +49 3581 37523 71

Place of work: Görlitz

Working hours: 39 h/week

Deadline: 27 March 2023

Online application
English / German
Job-Id: 2023/45 (1629)

At HZDR, we promote and value diversity among our employees. We welcome applications from people with diverse backgrounds regardless of gender, ethnic and social origin, belief, disability, age, and sexual orientation. Severely disabled persons are given preference in the event of equal suitability.





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