In the context of the Biodiversity Exploratory Project funded by the German Science Foundation (, we are looking for a PhD student on the role of plant diversity for ecosystem functioning. The research takes place in three diverse regions in Germany and involves monitoring of vegetation and ecosystem functions, establishing new and maintaining existing experiments, and analysing relationships between plant diversity and ecosystem functioning. This work will be done in collaboration with many research groups from Germany and offers insight into research across many disciplines.

The position will be with Prof. Dr. Markus Fischer and Dr. Daniel Prati in the Plant Ecology group of the Institute of Plant Sciences of the University of Bern ( The institute offers a stimulating international research environment and excellent facilities. In addition to projects on plant biodiversity, our group is involved in projects on evolutionary plant ecology, plant population biology, Alpine ecology and conservation biology.

The successful candidate should have a MSc degree in ecology, vegetation science, or related fields and a strong background in population and community ecology, experimental research and statistical analysis. An excellent field knowledge of the flora, writing skills and fluency in English are required, working knowledge in German and a driver’s licence are of advantage.

Applications will be reviewed from 30 October 2017 until the position is filled. Please send your application with a motivation letter, a curriculum vitae, relevant certificates, a list of publications, and names and contact details of three references as single pdf-file by email (with “PhD exploratories” as subject line) to Prof. Dr. Markus Fischer ([email protected]) and Daniel Prati ([email protected])

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