Date Posted
11 Jun 2024

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PhD Project
iDiv Halle-Jena-Leipzig

5 doctoral researcher positions 4th iDiv Flexpool Call

11 Jun 2024

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Position Description

iDiv, the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research Halle-Jena-Leipzig, invites applications to 5 doctoral researcher positions from October 2020 onwards for candidates who have a strong background in integrative biodiversity research and are keen to develop scientific networks. They will play a vital part in enhancing iDiv’s scientific strategy and sharpening the research profile of iDiv in key thematic areas.

iDiv is a national research centre funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). 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). The scientific consortium is further enhanced by the expertise of other research institutions, including several Max Planck Society institutes and the Leibniz Association. More information about iDiv:

Specifically, we offer the following positions, which are detailed on
1. Project “Traversing the canopy – how do transport processes of microbes and matter shape phyllosphere microbial communities?”, Dr. Martina Herrmann (Affiliation FSU Jena)

2. Project “Detecting long-term functional changes in biodiversity: boosting analyses of herbarium specimens using spectroscopic methods (FunSpec)”, Professor Karsten Wesche (Affiliation SMNG/FSU Jena)

3. Project “Macroecology and macroevolution of plant – frugivore trait matching in the tropics”, Dr. Renske Onstein (Affiliation UL Leipzig)

4. Project “Identifying drivers of intra- and interspecific leaf trait variation in space and time from digitized herbarium specimen using computer vision approaches”, Dr. Jens Kattge (Affiliation MPI- BGC/FSU Jena)

5. Project “Understanding soil biodiversity: Using the new functional framework for root traits (Root Economics Space) to predict soil-borne fungal communities in grasslands (RESfun)”, Professor Alexandra Weigelt (Affiliation UL Leipzig)

We offer:
– Work in a dynamic, international and interdisciplinary environment
– Opportunities to develop and advance scientific networks
– Cutting edge research in modern facilities
– Doctoral researchers at iDiv benefit from an inter- and transdisciplinary training and support by the graduate school yDiv
– Attractive benefits, e.g. contributions to capital formation, job-ticket for public transport, company pension scheme (VBL)
– Family-friendly working environment with flexible working hours
– Salary in accordance with the German public service salary scale (up to
TV-L E13, 65 % of a full-time position)

We seek:
Highly motivated scientists with a strong interest to participate in sharpening the iDiv research profile. German skills are not a prerequisite for all positions, but very good command of English is necessary. Applicants must hold a Master degree or equivalent in a relevant field. The employment contract is initially limited until 30 September 2021. An extension for further 2-3 years is possible and dependent upon successful renewal of DFG funding for iDiv (evaluation in spring 2021).

How to Apply

Kindly send your application via our application portal under We prefer applications via our application portal, hard copy applications can be sent to: German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research – iDiv (Halle-Jena-Leipzig) Dr. Christa Genz Deutscher Platz 5 e 04103 Leipzig It is possible to apply for several projects. Please note that you can apply for multiple PhD positions in this flexpool call. Applications should include: • Cover letter in English describing motivation for the project, research interests and relevant experience • Complete curriculum vitae including names and contact details of at least two scientific references • Digital copy of master certificate or equivalent Submission deadline is 10 July 2020. Selected candidates will be invited to the online joint recruitment symposium on 31 August until 1 September 2020. For queries on the application process, please contact Mrs. Christa Genz (; for project-related questions, kindly contact the relevant Project leader. Severely disabled persons are encouraged to apply and will be given preference in 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.