Post-doc Research Associate ~

21 de julio de 2012

Post-doc Research Associate

Faculty:  Mathematics, Informatics, and Natural Sciences
Department: BIOLOGY
Seminar/Institute: Biocentre Klein Flottbek and Botanical Garden

Upon funding approval the university will have a position open for a
Post-doc Research Associate (wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in in einem post-doc-Arbeitsverhältnis) in the field of ecosystem service analyses
- salary group 13 TV-L –with a starting date of 1 October 2012.
The position calls for 39 hours per week. The short-term contract will end on 30 September 2014 (see also § 2 of the Academic Fixed-Term Contract Law  - Wissenschaftszeit-

The university intends to increase the number of women  amongst  its academic personnel and expressly encourages qualified women to apply.  In compliance with the Hamburg Equal Opportunity Law, preference will be given to qualified female applicants.

A research associate’s duties comprise academic service for the following project: The Fu-ture Okavango (TFO), ESS position *
Area(s) of Responsibility:
The  successful candidate  will  develop an integrated approach to analysis and valuation of ecosystem functions (ESF) and services (ESS) within the context of  a transdisciplinary catchment study.
She/he will  assemble  spatial and qualitative data from natural and earth sciences in a GIS based landscape model of the Okavango catchment. Based on  a sound understanding of ecosystem dynamics  within the catchment, the candidate shall outline and model the  resilience of the  relevant  ecological systems under current land use practices and assess the thresholds and probabilities for transitions to different ecosystem states. Furthermore, the successful candidate shall  contribute to  the  transdisciplinary  valuation of different development scenarios, using a GIS based Ecological Risk Analysis with regard to ecological integrity and water-, soil-, and biodiversity-related ecosystem services.
The development of integrated and transdisciplinary valuation methods will be done in close collaboration with subproject SP08 (ecological and economic valuation of ecosystem ser-vices) and the scientific coordination and synthesis project GLUES.

Academic degree in  biology, ecology, geosciences or related  academic  fields  plus  excellent doctoral degree. Fluency in English and good knowledge of Portuguese or another Romance language.

We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with an excellent understanding of ecological systems. The successful candidate  should have expertise in interdisciplinary, spatial or con-ceptual modeling, proven expertise with geographical information systems and with ecologi-cal valuation concepts. Field experience in tropical or subtropical countries is advantageous.

Preference will be given to disabled applicants with equal qualifications.

Application dossiers (application letter, curriculum vitae, degree certificate(s), etc.) are to be
submitted  in electronic format (one  file,  .pdf format, maximum 6 MB)  to  Prof. Dr. Norbert Juergens  (email:  and  by  7th August 2012.
For more information please contact  Dr. Manfred Finckh ( +49-(0)40-42816-549),  Dr.  Ute Schmiedel  (phone:  +49-(0) or  check the following website:

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