The scientific goal of this RTG is to study the mechanism resulting in the resilience of lake ecosystems to environmental change. Our approach is to study the response of a model system–Lake Constance–with a multitude of different approaches and from different viewpoints, i.e., combining classical and novel methods such as population genomics and metagenomics approaches, metabolic profiling, compound-specific stable-isotope analyses, comparative multi-species experiments, paleo-limnological and resurrection ecology approaches, time-series analyses, and numerical simulation models. The RTG will use these methods to study lake responses in three tightly linked research areas:

Response, resilience and reversibility of ecosystem structure,
Response, resilience and reversibility of biotic interactions
Response, resilience and reversibility of carbon and nutrient flows

We offer a structured doctoral qualification programme combining a mentoring program, specific lectures on research and applied questions in ecology and limnology, a seminar and visiting program among students, flexible one-week courses, transferable skills courses, visits by guest researchers, and annual retreats. Furthermore you can expect a highly stimulating research environment.
Further information about the Doctoral positions, and the scientists involved can be found at: .

The University of Konstanz encourages disabled persons to apply. They will be given preference if appropriately qualified (contact + 497531/88–4016 und 88-2834).

The University of Konstanz is an equal opportunity employer that tries to increase the number of women in research and teaching.

The University of Konstanz has been certified as a family-friendly institution by the Hertie Foundation and is committed to further the compatibility of work and family life.

The University of Konstanz offers a „Dual Career Couples Program“. Information can be obtained from: .


Excellent Master (or equivalent) in ecology, biology, physics, biology, microbiology, bioinformatics, mathematics depending on RTG project. We expect strong motivation, good communication skills and the ability for teamwork.

For application, please submit:

motivation letter, including interests, motivation to become part of the RTG, ranking of 3 preferred
proects, specific qualifications for chosen projects,
curriculum vitae including degree certificates,
abstract of master thesis,
two letters of recommendation.

Interested candidates should submit their application containing the above mentioned documents including reference number 2016/254 in one PDF file to the speaker of the RTG, Prof. Dr. Frank Peeters, [email protected] .

Review of the applications will begin on 9 January 2017 and will continue until the positions have been filled. Selection of invited applicants will be done at a two-day workshop in the 2nd half of February 2017 at the University of Konstanz.