Job offer: 12 PhD positions in Biology at the Univ. Greifswald, Germany
(17/Wi23) The Research Training Group « Biological responses to novel and
changing environments ‘V RESPONSE » (RTG 2010), funded by the Deutsche
Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), invites applications for 12 PhD positions
(salary scale TV-L E13, 65%; including social benefits) for a three year
structured Ph.D. program. Start of the Ph.D. positions will be obligatory
April 1st, 2018. The RTG is based at the Univ. of Greifswald, Germany
(for details see:

Research Program

The ability to respond to novel and changing environmental conditions,
either by phenotypic plasticity, genetic adaptation, or range shifts, is
pivotal to the longer-term survival of all organisms. Owing to increasing
concerns about the consequences of human-induced global change, such
responses have attracted increasing interest in recent years. RESPONSE
focuses on the plastic and genetic capacities for in situ responses
(cluster A) and on the factors limiting or facilitating dispersal to new
habitats (cluster B). The RTG aims at deepening our understanding of the
limits to population persistence, enabling more accurate predictions
regarding the fate of populations under changing conditions. Our
research program spans different levels of biological organization,
ranging from molecular and physiological mechanisms to ecological
population-level responses, and a wide variety of organisms including
lichens, myxomycetes, plants (trees), and animals (snails, crustaceans,
insects, spiders, bats). Please refer to
for further information, especially on the available individual research
(PhD) projects and specific requirements. Note that all projects involve
field work at least to some extent.

Teaching Concept

A teaching program accompanies the interdisciplinary research strategy. It
covers different scientific topics and techniques relevant to the RTG as
well as soft skills relevant to career development, and includes summer
schools, journal clubs, practical courses, lectures, and individualized
educational as well as mentoring programs. Each PhD project involves
visiting stays at different laboratories, partly abroad. The participation
in the teaching program is mandatory.


We invite applications from highly motivated candidates with
above-average qualifications, passion for and experience in research,
and the willingness to actively participate in the RTG. Successful
applicants will (1) hold a M.Sc. degree (or equivalent) in Biology or
another relevant discipline, (2) have a solid background in ecology
and evolution, (3) experience with methods and / or organisms relevant
to the RTG, (4) an excellent command of the English language, which is
the official language of the RTG, and (5) will be motivated to join an
interdisciplinary research training environment.


To apply please submit an application form, a CV including copies of all
degrees, a motivation letter, and two letters of recommendation. Forms
(application form, recommendation letter) are available at The motivation letter should include your
motivation to become a member of RESPONSE, your preferred projects (list
three), and a short explanation for your project choice. Applicants should
submit the abovementioned documents, except the recommendation letters,
as PDF files attached to a single email to the coordinator of the RTG,
Kerstin Wulf ([email protected]), latest by December,
10th 2017. Note that recommendation letters should be sent by the
referees directly to [email protected] The most promising
candidates will be invited to Greifswald, and interviews will take place
between February 1st and 3rd, 2018. The University of Greifswald is an
equal opportunity employer, and the RTG strongly encourages qualified
disabled persons, women, and candidates with children to apply.

The University would like to increase the proportion of women in areas
in which they are underrepresented and thus applications from women are
particularly welcome and will be treated with priority if they have the
same qualifications and as long as there are no clear reasons which make
a fellow applicant more suitable. Severely disabled applicants with the
same qualifications will be considered with preference. This announcement
is directed at all persons, no matter which gender. According to  » 68
Sub-Section 3 PersVG M-V, the staff council will only be involved in
staff 4 matters of the academic or artistic staff on request. The costs
for applying cannot be reimbursed by the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

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Sébastien Puechmaille

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