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PhD position in plant ecology / island biogeography

Einrichtung: Department of Biodiversity, Macroecology and Biogeography (ID 100711)


Besetzungsdatum: 01.11.2020

Veröffentlichungsdatum: 16.07.2020

The Department of Biodiversity, Macroecology and Biogeography at the Georg-August-University Göttingen (Germany) invites applications for a:

PhD position in plant ecology / island biogeography (all genders welcome)

We are offering a DFG funded PhD position in the Biodiversity, Macroecology and Biogeography working group ( to study “the role of species interactions in driving patterns of plant diversity on islands” for a period of three years. The salary is defined according to the German public service salary E13 TV-L scale (65 %). The starting date for this position is November 1st, 2020. The Biodiversity, Macroecology and Biogeography groups research aims at understanding biodiversity patterns at different spatial scales and at understanding how natural drivers and human activities affect them. We are a highly diverse group, consisting of 10+ nationalities, although English is the official group language. We see our diversity and inclusiveness as a key strength in our success.

Project description:
Species interactions are among the most important forces structuring ecological communities and are fundamental to the maintenance of species diversity. Despite this, at larger spatial scales, biotic interactions are thought to succumb to the greater influence of bioclimatic and biogeographical factors and are rarely considered as drivers of global-scale biodiversity patterns. Using islands as model systems and orchid-pollinator and orchid-mycorrhizal fungi as model interacting species, we wish to challenge this concept by showing that biotic interactions are in fact important drivers of biodiversity beyond local scales.

Your tasks:
- The successful candidate will have a research focus on species interactions in the context of plant assembly on islands.
- Fieldwork, potential lab work, analysing data and leading publications, including collaborating with international colleagues.

- Applicants should hold a recent MSc degree in ecology or a closely related field.
- The successful candidate should have a strong research interest in biogeography, macroecology and island biology.
- Advanced knowledge in data processing and analysis in the statistical software R.
- Excellent communication and writing skills in English.
- Knowledge of Spanish is highly desired (for fieldwork).
- Willingness to work and collaborate in an international, interdisciplinary research team.
- Excellent physical and organisational skills.

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.

Your application should include a letter of motivation (max. 1 page), CV, academic records, names and email addresses of two academic referees. The documents are to be submitted as a single PDF file using the online submission portal of the University of Göttingen: Applications close August 31st, 2020.

If you have any questions, please contact: Dr. Amanda Taylor, E-Mail:
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