Recruiting 3 postdocs: biodiversity research (note different deadlines)

The Berlin-Brandenburg Institute for Advanced Biodiversity Research (BBIB, www.bbib.org) with its member institutions has formed a consortium to implement a major new interdisciplinary research initiative, the “Bridging in Biodiversity Science” (http://www.bbib.org/bridging-in-biodiversity-science.html) project funded by the Federal Ministry of Research and Education (BMBF).

Within this project, several postitions (10 doctoral students and 16 postdocs) will be recruited across all member institutions and work packages. All positions are highly collaborative in nature, and incumbents are expected to work with multiple PIs.

At Freie Universität Berlin, the following 3 postdoc positions are announced, based in the Rillig lab. Deadlines for applications vary (see below). Please send all application materials as one pdf per email to Matthias Rillig (matthias.rillig@fu-berlin.de), indicating in the subject line the position code (e.g., “Rillig-empirical”). All postdocs are approx. 3-year E13 100% (end date 28.2.2019).

1) Postdoc Aboveground-belowground trait interactions (Rillig-empirical) Now closed

We are looking for a person to lead empirical work on a large greenhouse experiment on aboveground/ belowground trait interactions. The candidate will be responsible for set-up, logistics, and harvest of this experiment, and will work with other team members. The postdoc will oversee root trait measurements. The postdoc will also be carrying out data analyses, especially for the metabolomics data and molecular microbial data. The postdoc will further be chiefly responsible for collecting all the high-throughput microbial data. A completed doctoral degree in ecology or related areas is required, and we look for the following skills:

  • Excellent communication skills, preferably in English and German
  • Publications in trait-based ecology (ideally of fungi) and a solid conceptual background in this field
  • Experience with the logistics of greenhouse experiments and plant-soil interactions
  • Excellent statistical skills (preferably using R)
  • Background in high-throughput sequencing a plus

2) Postdoc Synthesis (Rillig-synthesis) deadline Feb 22, 2016; now closed

The postdoc will be chiefly responsible for carrying out a major synthesis/ conceptual task on “Synthesis of trait-based approaches and plant-soil interactions in the context of rapid transitions”, coordinating the efforts within the BIBS consortium (work package 4) and also with the iDiv scientists. The postdoc will make use of data as they are becoming available in empirical parts of the project, but will also include data from data bases such as TRY and others, and will additionally use data from other sources, as available. The postdoc will carry out data synthesis, including but not limited to meta-analytical techniques. The postdoc will also help with the production of a brochure intended for land managers and policy makers on this theme (see above). Applicants need to have a completed doctoral degree in Ecology or related fields, and we are looking for the following skills:

  • Excellent communication skills and experience with working in teams
  • Background in data analysis in synthesis, including meta-analysis or data re-analysis
  • Excellent statistical skills (preferably using R)
  • Interest in developing concepts in ecology
  • Background in trait-based approaches a plus

3) Postdoc Database management/ data-driven synthesis (Rillig-data) – now closed

This postdoc will be mainly responsible for the central data management issues of the entire BIBS project (all work packages). The postdoc will provide access to data bases, and will be involved in all BIBS work packages as data support. The postdoc will coordinate with elements of established data infrastructure located at member institutions of BIBS project partners. The candidate will beyond this also be free to engage in data-driven ecological synthesis, re-analysis and concepts related to the general BIBS-goals of bridging in biodiversity research. Completed doctorate in ecology, biodiversity, bioinformatics, or related field is required, and we are looking for the following skills:

  • Excellent communication skills and experience with working in teams
  • Background in data analysis and synthesis
  • Experience with or strong interest in (ecological) database management, and with helping people in this task
  • Excellent statistical skills (preferably using R)
  • Interest in developing concepts in ecology a plus

 

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