The Department of Wildlife Sciences at the Faculty of Forestry & Forest Ecology of the Georg-August-University Göttingen is looking to fill the position of a
Research Associate (‘postdoc’, female/male)
The position will start on March 3rd, 2017 (pending final funding approval), with a limited contract of 3 years. Salary: 100% (currently 39.8 hrs/week) of pay grade 13 TV-L.
Project description
The position is part of the joint research project “BearConnect – Functional connectivity and ecological sustainability of European ecological networks – a case study with the brown bear“. The research associate will 1.) evaluate in how far existing ecological networks meet the requirements of brown bears and other species (‚evaluation‘); and 2.) identify priority areas where optimizing existing conservation networks is particularly effective and necessary (‚optimization‘). To accomplish these tasks, the associate will also assist in analyzing genetic and telemetry data to help develop GIS-based landscape resistance models for Ursus arctos. The research associate is expected to publish results in peer-reviewed scientific journals and to present them in front of expert and non-expert (e.g., local stake-holders, landscape planners) audiences.
Your responsibilities
• spatially-explicit validation and optimization of existing conservation networks in Europe under predicted future conditions
• application of individual-based simulations to estimate likely movement patterns of brown bears and other species
• collaboration on analyzing genetic and telemetry data of brown bears to estimate functional connectivity and landscape resistance
• preparation of scientific papers and presentations
Your profile
• above-average PhD degree or in biology, ecology or a related discipline, with appropriate master’s degree
• excellent knowledge of GIS, for example ArcGIS or QGIS
• knowledge of relevant statistical methods, especially within program R
• experience with publishing scientific papers is an asset, as is working experience in joint research projects
• the following skills are also considered assets: Knowledge in using individual-based simulation software, in estimating graph-based connectivity indices, e.g. in software Conefor; programming skills
• willingness to conduct project related travels across Europe lasting several weeks or months
• very good English skills
• basic experience in analyzing landscape-genetic and telemetry data are beneficial, but not required
• ability to work independently and self-reliantly, and as part of a team; high analytical and conceptual capabilities; good organization and communication skills
The University of Göttingen is an equal opportunities employer and places particular emphasis on fostering career opportunities for women. Qualified women are therefore strongly encouraged to apply as they are underrepresented in this field. Disabled persons with equivalent aptitude will be favored.
Please apply by Dec. 19th, 2016, using our online application portal ( to upload your application. All application documents will be permanently deleted 5 months after the position is closed. If you have any questions, please contact Prof. Dr. Niko Balkenhol ([email protected]).