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Doctoral Researcher (f/m/d) on “Animal movement: from traits to networks”

Friedrich Schiller University is a traditional university with a strong research profile rooted in the heart of Germany. As a university covering all disciplines, it offers a wide range of subjects. Its research is focused on the areas Light-Life-Liberty. It is closely networked with non-research institutions, research companies and renowned cultural institutions. With around 18,000 students and more than 8,600 employees, the university plays a major role in shaping Jena's character as a cosmopolitan and future-oriented city.


The German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig seeks to fill the position of a


Doctoral Researcher (f/m/d)

on "Animal movement: from traits to networks"


commencing on 1 April 2022 or the earliest possible starting date thereafter.



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 jointly hosted by the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU), the Friedrich Schiller University Jena (FSU), the University of Leipzig (UL), and the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ). For more information please visit: www.idiv.de.


Theory in Biodiversity Science (EcoNetLab) is one of the research groups at iDiv, developing complex movement and network models on species' traits to understand environmental and anthropogenic constraints on biodiversity as well as the consequences of biodiversity changes for ecosystem functions. More information on the working group is available at www.idiv.de/econetlab.


The project

Movement is a core process driving species interactions, coexistence, and distribution patterns. Thus, movement not only shapes biodiversity but also connects it across scales. The project aims at integrating trait-based movement capacities in the concept of spatial scale, which facilitates cross-species comparisons of biodiversity patterns, the underlying drivers, and predictions of biodiversity change. The project will be partially connected to the sDiv working group sMars ("Movement across scales: towards a process-based prediction of biodiversity patterns"), which will start in the beginning of 2022.


Your responsibilities:

  • Compile a general database on animal movement within the sDiv working group sMars;
  • Investigate animal movement capacities (e.g. how fast and how far animals can move) from mites to elephants and copepods to whales;
  • Explore how these movement capacities affect species interactions and their distribution in space;
  • Synthesize tools from different fields in movement ecology;
  • Integrate movement processes into ecological dynamics;
  • Develop own research questions;
  • Write scientific papers on the project in internationally peer-reviewed journals and present the research at national and international meetings.


Your profile:

  • Master's degree in Biology, Ecology, or a similar discipline;
  • Interest in animal movement ecology and meta-analyses;
  • Experience in R or other programming languages;
  • Experience in database management is advantageous but not required;
  • Excellent English communication skills (spoken and written);
  • Curiosity, willingness to learn, motivation, and independent working.


We offer:

  • An international, English-speaking research environment with regular integrative group activities;
  • Members with a background in movement ecology, ecological theory, synthesis, and modelling;
  • Scientific networks that offer ample opportunities for collaborations within iDiv as well as with international research groups;
  • Various forms of support for employees from abroad (Welcome Centre, German classes, etc.);
  • Leipzig as an attractive city with a rich culture and beautiful surroundings that make it easy to settle in;
  • Flexible working hours and a family-friendly working environment (childcare);
  • Remuneration based on the provisions of the Collective Agreement for the Public Sector of the Federal States (TV-L) at salary scale 13-depending on the candidate's personal qualifications-, including a special annual payment in accordance with the collective agreement.


The advertised position is initially limited until 30 September 2024 with possibility of extension subject to the further funding of iDiv.

This is a part-time position with 65% of the working hours of a full-time employee (26 hours per week).

The work place will be at iDiv in Leipzig.

iDiv is committed to establishing and maintaining a diverse and inclusive community with diverse genders and backgrounds. Candidates with severe disabilities will be given preference in the case of equal qualifications and suitability.


Are you eager to work with us? Then submit your detailed written application via our application portal at https://apply.idiv.de, stating the vacancy ID 005/2022 by 14.02. 2022. While we prefer applications via this portal, hard-copy applications may also be sent to:

German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research - iDiv (Halle-Jena-Leipzig)

Human Resources Department, Puschstraße 4, D-04103 Leipzig


Queries concerning the application process should be directed to , for more information on this position please contact Prof. Dr. Ulrich Brose ().


All applications should include:

  • A detailed letter of motivation ("Why are you applying for this position?"),
  • a description of your research interests ("What is driving your interest in ecology?"),
  • a curriculum vitae including contact details of two academic references, and
  • copies of your MSc/BSc/Diploma certificate(s).
Since all application documents will be duly destroyed after the recruitment process, we ask you to submit only copies of your documents.
For further information for applicants, please also refer to www4.uni-jena.de/Job portal (in German).
Please also note the information on the collection of personal data at


Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research – iDiv (Halle-Jena-Leipzig)
Puschstraße 4
04103 - Leipzig


Prof. Dr. Ulrich Brose


Ausschreibung vom: 10.01.2022
Bewerbungsende: 14.02.2022
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