Internship - Polliation services in Macademia plantations in South Africa

In the northern Limpopo province of South Africa, Macadamia plantations are becoming
increasingly economically important. Owing to its strong dependence on insect pollination and
numerous pest species, Macadamia yield strongly depends on the provisioning of multiple
ecosystem services, i.e. pollination and biological control. However, provisioning of these
services depends on large-scale patterns in landscape composition and structure, which may
imperil Macadamia yields in strongly human-modified agricultural landscapes. In a large
collaborative research project together with researchers from the University of Venda, we are
studying insect pollination and biological control in commercial Macadamia plantations
(“SALLnet” is one of nine projects of the BMBF founded “SPACES2” project - South African Limpopo Landscapes Network - SPACES2:SALLnet)
To complement ongoing studies, we are looking for an intern
who will join the Macadamia research team (currently one PhD student and one MSc student)
and work on field sites.

Tasks: Installation of field experiments in the macadamia orchards (e.g. bag inflorescences
with a mesh, count nut sets, place insect traps)

Requirements: You should be able to work in a team, be motivated to operate in the field also
at poor weather conditions. The work with the delicate macadamia flowers needs fine motor

What we offer: You will be part of a research team, get insights of scientific work and gain
experience in the conduction of field experiments. We cover costs for the flight and an
accommodation in a shared room.

Fieldwork will take place from July–October 2019 in the rural area of northern Limpopo, South
Africa. You will work within the research team and under safe conditions, however, fieldwork
in the region can be physically and mentally challenging. Experience in working abroad and
taxonomic knowledge of the study organisms therefore is an advantage.
If you are interested, please contact:

Mina Krieger
Functional Agrobiodiversity – DNPW
Georg-August-University Göttingen
Phone: 0551 39 22057

Prof. Dr. Catrin Westphal
Functional Agrobiodiversity – DNPW
Georg-August-University Göttingen
Phone: 0551 39 22257

Doctoral Researcher Position

Ansprechpartner: Herr Dr. Grass, Frau Prof. Westphal

Besetzungsdatum: 01.09.2019

Veröffentlichungsdatum: 02.05.2019

The Functional Agrobiodiversity group at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen is offering a

Doctoral researcher position (m/f/d)

in the DFG Research Unit FOR2432 B01 Agricultural biodiversity and associated services across rural-urban landscapes – field studies. The position will be limited for three years, starting 01.09.2019. The salary is in accordance with the German public service salary scale (TV-L E13) with 65 %, which corresponds to currently 25.87 hours per week.

Background and objectives
FOR2432 has a wide disciplinary scope, covering diverse dimensions of Socio-Ecological Systems along the rural-urban interface. Its research program addresses transition processes in agriculture, ecology, economy, and society that are linked to rapid urbanization, using Bangalore, an emerging megacity in South India, as an example. Research will be carried out in close cooperation with Indian partner institutions. Farm surveys in collaboration with project partners will be employed to achieve the following objectives:
(1) to analyse temporal dynamics of biodiversity and ecosystem services in relation to socioeconomic outcomes in vegetable and fruit cropping systems
(2) to understand relations between temporal and spatial shifts in biodiversity and associated ecosystem functions and agroecological and socioeconomic drivers
(3) to investigate multiple ecosystem services associated with of mango

Your Profile
• Completed university degree (Master’s Degree) in ecology, biology, agriculture or a related discipline
• Research focus on biodiversity, plant-animal interactions and ecosystem services
• Good knowledge of ecological statistics (using R) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
• Proficiency in English
• Willingness to conduct field work under challenging conditions in the Bangalore region for several months
• Collaboration with researchers from India and Germany
• Driving licence (Class B)

The project will be based in Göttingen, but field work will be done in the Bangalore region, India.

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 as they are underrepresented in this field. 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 in electronic form as a single pdf-file including your motivation letter, CV, two references and your certificates by 2. June 2019 under the following link:

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Ingo Grass ( or Prof. Dr. Catrin Westphal (

Please note:
With submission of your application, you accept the processing of your applicant data in terms of data-protection law. Further information on the legal basis and data usage is provided in the Information General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

The documents will be deleted after a holding period of three months.

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