Scientist position in the field of biodiversity and climate change

(03-12-2014) The German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) announces a Scientist position in the field of biodiversity and climate change, 50% position, fixed-term appointment until 30 Nov 2017.

iDiv is a National Research Centre located in the city of Leipzig and jointly hosted by the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU), the Friedrich Schiller University Jena (FSU), the University of Leipzig (UL), and the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ). Its central mission is to promote theory-driven synthesis and data-driven theory in this emerging field.

Your duties:

  • Lead development of two independent scientific review studies on ‘Biodiversity and Climate Change’. The first will focus on nature based solutions and ecosystem based adaption in urban areas, the second will most likely focus on SE Europe (tbc).
  • Organisation of the scientific programme and evaluation of two international research conferences in 2015 and 2017 by the German Federal Agency of Conservation (BfN) and a preparatory workshop.
  • Validation of the review study results and of the conference outcomes through discussion in a wider circle of relevant European biodiversity and climate change experts from the fields of science, policy and practice, in close collaboration with the ENCA climate change group (European heads of Nature Conservation Agencies).
  • Online stakeholder surveys
  • Participation in regular iDiv seminars on biodiversity, contribution to international research networks
  • High-quality scientific outputs in the form of journal publications and contribution to relevant high-level policy and practice reports

A degree in environmental sciences or in social sciences if coupled with experience working in the field of climate change and ecosystem research.

  • Experience in internet based research and literature reviews essential
  • Experience in the field of urban ecosystems and climate change, as well as ecosystem based adaptation desirable
  • Experience in scientific publishing desirable
  • Experience in conference or workshop organisation desirable
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English (German appreciated)
  • High motivation and very good organisational skills, interest to work in an interdisciplinary team and ability to liaise with a variety of stakeholders essential

This position is suitable both for experienced researchers who wish to develop their own field of research or alternatively for candidates wishing to pursue a PhD in the field of climate change and biodiversity.

iDiv offers:

  • Excellent technical facilities which are without parallel
  • The freedom you need to bridge the difficult gap between high-level basic research and application-oriented research & development
  • Work in interdisciplinary, multinational teams and excellent links with national and international research networks
  • A vibrant region with a high quality of life and a wide cultural offering for a balance between family and professional life
  • Interesting career opportunities and an extensive range of training and further education courses
  • Remuneration up to the TVöD public-sector pay grade 13 including attractive public-sector social security benefits

Deadline: 10 December 2014 - interviews from 15 December 2014

Workplace: Leipzig

Contact: Prof Dr Aletta Bonn