Ph.D.-position available in Strategic Conservation Planning (Germany) ~

22 de julio de 2014

Ph.D.-position available in Strategic Conservation Planning (Germany)

We offer a Ph.D. position at the Technische Universität München (TUM) funded by the Bavarian State Ministry of the Environment and Consumer Protection, to work on strategic conservation planning in the face of climate change, and in particular the role of the urban environment for mitigation of species loss.
The project will analyze what species are at threat from climate change and for what species the urban environment can offer a solution for conservation. No taxon will a priori be excluded from the analysis. Another question is how local conservation efforts, at the level of cities or even city quarters, can efficiently be embedded into regional, national or global biodiversity protection strategies. Not least, the project is expected to explore the synergies between the promotion of urban biodiversity and enhancement of ecosystem services in the planning and management of urban green infrastructures.

Candidates are required to have a M.Sc. in Biology, Conservation, Landscape Planning or a related subject with appropriate specialisation. We expect the candidates to have good communication skills and the ability to work in a team. The ability to read, speak and write in English and German is a requirement. All applicants should have a strong interest in community ecology and conservation, and should have taken relevant courses in these subjects. Because the work will involve statistical analysis and modelling, experience in these areas is necessary. Knowledge on a particular taxon is desirable.

The Ph.D.-student will be jointly supervised by Prof. Wolfgang W. Weisser, Terrestrial Ecology Research group ( and Prof. Stephan Pauleit, Strategic Landscape Planning and Management Research Group (  Application is via email only and should include a cover letter including a short statement of research interests, a Curriculum Vitae including a list of any publications, and names and email-addresses for two references, in a single pdf document.

The positions are available from 1.9.2014 or the earliest possible date thereafter and funding will be initially one year with the possibility of extension for three years. Application deadline is Tuesday, 12.8.2014. Salaries will be paid in accordance with German regulations for public sector employees salary level E-13 (50-70%) for a doctoral student.

Please contact: Prof. Wolfgang W. Weisser (, Technische Universität Mü

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