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Researcher position

Einrichtung: Department of Biodiversity (ID 13161)

Ansprechpartner: Mr Kreft

Besetzungsdatum: ab sofort

Veröffentlichungsdatum: 10.11.2017

The Department of Biodiversity, Macroecology & Biogeography at the University of Göttingen is offering a

Researcher position

in the scientific project B06 of the Collaborative Research Centre EFForTS (CRC 990;

Taxonomic, phylogenetic, functional, and biogeographical diversity of vascular plants in rainforest transformation systems on Sumatra (Indonesia)

The position will be limited until the end of the 2nd EFForTS funding period on December 31st 2019 (with the possibility for an extension depending on successful application for a 3rd funding phase (2020-2023) and should be filled as soon as possible. The salary is in accordance with the German public service salary scale (TV-L E13) with 100%, which corresponds to 39.8 hours per week.

Your duties
The project investigates local to landscape-level changes in plant diversity and community composition across four major land use systems (rainforest, jungle rubber, rubber, and oil palm plantations; upland vs. riparian sites) in the lowlands of Sumatra (Indonesia) (see e.g. Rembold et al. 2017, Biol Cons.; Drescher et al. 2016, Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B). The researcher will be responsible for organizing field campaigns and for collecting plant abundance data as well as plant functional trait data. The researcher is also expected to lead interdisciplinary research papers taking advantage of a wealth of data collected over the past six years. The position includes extensive fieldwork in Sumatra and analytical work in Germany. In collaboration with other EFForTS projects, this project aims at providing a scientific basis to assess ecological and socioeconomic changes associated with the transformation of lowland rainforest.

Your profile
- university degree in biology, ecology, or a related field (master / diploma or PhD)
- research focus on tropical plant ecology
- experience in plant species identification; knowledge of the SE Asian flora is a plus
- advanced knowledge of modern methods in functional and phylogenetic community ecology
- strong quantitative skills and advanced knowledge of R
- compelling publication record
- strong communicative skills and willingness to collaborate with other researchers of the CRC EFForTS and local partners
- proficiency in English; basic knowledge of Bahasa Indonesia is a plus
- working experience in the tropics, ability to work in the tropics and under field conditions

The University of Göttingen is an equal opportunities employer and places particular emphasis on fostering career opportunities for women. Qualified women are therefore strongly encouraged to apply in fields in which they are underrepresented. The university has committed itself to being a family-friendly institution and supports their employees in balancing work and family life. The mission of the University is to employ a greater number of severely disabled persons. Applications from severely disabled persons with equivalent qualifications will be given preference.

Please send your application electronically as a single pdf containing a motivation letter (max 2 page) and your CV by November 30, 2017 to . Please include “B06 researcher” in the subject line. If you have any questions about the position, please contact Holger Kreft (phone: +49-551-3910727, e-mail:

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