We offer a Research Scientist (Postdoc) position at the Department for Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology, Biocenter, University of Würzburg, Germany for three years with possible extension for further three years.
The position builds upon long-term research activities of the group on the ecology of honey bees and bumble bees in the context of land use and climate change and combined risks by pesticides, parasites, and loss of floral resources.
The successful candidate (i) will analyse existing data sets on community dynamics, biotic interactions, and seasonal timing of social bees and on environmental risk assessment in honey bees, (ii) will initiate new projects and (iii) contribute to teaching.
The candidate is expected to hold a PhD degree in Ecology or a similar discipline with a background in bee ecology. Further requirements are a very good knowledge of ecological statistics (using R) and experimental designs, very good writing and communication skills, ability to work independently and self-motivated, interest to work in interdisciplinary projects, and the willingness to teach undergraduate students and to supervise BSc, MSc and PhD students.
Further valued skills are practical experience in beekeeping, DNA-metabarcoding of pollen samples, bee parasites and pathogens, and GIS/landscape ecology. We offer the membership in an ambitious research team, modern facilities and an international research environment.
Salary and benefits are according to public service positions in Germany (TVL13, full position).
Female scientists are particularly encouraged to apply.
Disabled applicants will be preferentially considered in case of equivalent qualification. Planned start date is 1st November 2017.
Applications should include a cover letter, a short summary of research interests, CV, complete certificates, and the names (with email addresses) of two potential referees.
For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. Ingolf Steffan-Dewenter, Department of Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology, Biocenter, University of Würzburg, Am Hubland, 97074 Würzburg, Germany, by Email (see above), phone: +49 931 3186947 or check the homepage: http://www.zoo3.biozentrum.uniwuerzburg.de/en/