Sachsen, Germany
Date Posted
7 Sep 2024

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PhD Project
German Centre for integrative Biodiversity Research

PhD Position Biodiversity Theory

Sachsen, Germany
7 Sep 2024

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Position Description

The Biodiversity Theory Group at the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) offers a PhD position on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning Theory. The project will look at the integration of ecological and biogeochemical models of carbon and nutrient cycles. This will provide an understanding of feedback loops between biodiversity and the global soil and atmospheric cycles of elements. Ultimately, this will address how changes in the biodiversity of ecological communities affect the storage and release of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and the recycling of elements in the soil. The PhD project will be embedded in an integrative and collaborative working group covering various aspects of biodiversity theory ( The working group is part of an internationally oriented research environment at iDiv that offers ample opportunities for collaborations (

How to Apply

Applicants should have (1) a master degree in biology, ecology, mathematics, physics or a similar discipline, (2) experience in R or other programming languages, (3) knowledge of metabolic theory, food-web sciences and ecological stoichiometry and (4) excellent knowledge of the English language in speaking and writing. The PhD position (65 percent of a full-time employment, Salary: Entgeltgruppe 13 TV-L) will be administrated by the Friedrich-Schiller University Jena while the working group is located at the iDiv Leipzig. Due to funding constraints the position is initially limited until September 30th 2016 and will be extended after further funding of iDiv. Applications are accepted until September 30th, 2015 and more information on the position and application details are available online:

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