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Date Posted
16 Oct 2019

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PhD Project
iDiv Halle-Jena-Leipzig

DOCTORAL RESEARCHER (M/F/D) IN THE PROJECT “THE JENA EXPERIMENT – SUBPROJECT 4: PLANT DIVERSITY, PLANT HISTORY, AND SOIL HISTORY EFFECTS ON THE TEMPORAL DYNAMICS OF PLANT AND SOIL ACTIVITY”

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16 Oct 2019

Position Description


limited until 31 January 2024
65% of a full-time position
salary: Entgeltgruppe 13 TV-L

The Leipzig University offers the aforementioned position at the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig in Leipzig from 1 February 2020 onwards.

Background

The German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig is a National Research Centre funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). Its central mission is to promote theory-driven synthesis and data-driven theory in this emerging field. It is located in the city of Leipzig and it is a central institution of the Leipzig University, jointly hosted by the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, the Friedrich Schiller University Jena and the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ). More Information about iDiv: www.idiv.de.

The Jena Experiment is a DFG Research Unit that explores the ecological and evolutionary mechanisms of long-term biodiversity-ecosystem functioning relationships. The subprojects of the Research Unit aim at exploring variation in community assembly processes and resulting differences in biotic interactions as determinants of the long-term BEF relationship. The unification of evolutionary and ecosystem processes requires collaboration across the subprojects in targeted plant and soil history experiments using cutting-edge technology and will produce significant synergies and novel mechanistic insights into BEF relationships.
The Research Unit of the Jena Experiment is uniquely positioned in this context by taking an interdisciplinary and integrative approach to capture whole-ecosystem responses to changes in biodiversity and to advance a vibrant research field. In this context, subproject 4 will explore the influence of plant diversity, plant history, and soil history on community phenology (i.e. the onset, magnitude, duration, and stability of activity patterns of plants and soil organisms). We will test whether these factors drive temporal niche differentiation and stability of activity periods, as well as whether these responses strengthen over time. For more information, see http://www.the-jena-experiment.de.

Tasks
– novel research on major questions of biodiversity-ecosystem functioning research
– performing field work and laboratory analyses by collecting bi-weekly plant and soil samples year round
– mixed model analysis of variance, time series analysis, and structural equation modeling
– writing and publishing of scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals
– presenting results at national and international conferences

Requirements
– Master in ecology or a closely related field of research
– expertise in plant and/or soil ecology
– interest and ability in interdisciplinary collaboration with a diversity of ecologists
– strong statistical skills (in R)
– experience of plant- and/or soil-related field work
– excellent English communication skills (speaking and writing)
– team-oriented and strong organizational skills


How to Apply

Kindly send your application with reference number 255/2019 via our application portal under https://apply.idiv.de. Applications are accepted until 15 November 2019. We prefer applications via our application portal, hard copy applications can be sent to: German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research – iDiv Professor Dr. Nico Eisenhauer Deutscher Platz 5e, D-04103 Leipzig Applications should include: - cover letter (in English or German) describing motivation for the project, research interests & relevant experience - complete curriculum vitae including names and contact details of at least two scientific references - digital copy of Master certificate For queries on the application process, please contact our HR Department (hr@idiv.de); for project-related questions, kindly contact Professor Dr. Nico Eisenhauer (nico.eisenhauer@idiv.de). Severely disabled persons are encouraged to apply and will be given preference in the case of equal suitability. Applying via e-mail is questionable under data protection law. The sender assumes full responsibility. iDiv is committed to establishing and maintaining a diverse and inclusive community that collectively supports and implements our mission to do great science. We will welcome, recruit, develop, and advance talented staff from diverse genders and backgrounds.

Position Category: Medical & Biological Sciences. Position Type: PhD Project.

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