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The Institute of Chemistry and Biology of Marine Systems (ICBM), Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg, is an interdisciplinary research institute located in Oldenburg and Wilhelmshaven, Germany. The Plankton Ecology group is situated in Wilhelmshaven and deals with empirical and conceptual analyses of plankton communities. We offer a

3-year PhD position in Aquatic Ecology
(13 TV-L, 65 %)

in a project funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).

The positions will be within the Priority Programme "Flexibility matters: Interplay between trait diversity and ecological dynamics using aquatic communities as model systems" (, and the successful candidate will be part of a cohort of interacting PhD students distributed across Germany.

The project (INSIDE) will investigate the relationship between inter- (species composition) and intra-specific (genotypic or phenotypic plasticity) components in phytoplankton communities and how this relationship changes under changing environmental conditions. Furthermore, the aim is to explore potential interactions and functional substitutability between inter- and intra-specific size diversity. This will be approached by integrating laboratory experiments with mathematical modelling.

We are looking for a candidate holding an outstanding academic university degree (Master or Diploma) in Biology, Ecology or a closely related subject. The candidate should have a strong background in ecological principles and expertise in statistical data analysis, laboratory work, good writing skills and experience in experimental ecology. Additionally, experience in phytoplankton identification is favourable. It is expected that the candidate is willing and capable to perform large-scale experiments (including work with indoor mesocosms) within the course of the project.

We offer a research environment with broad expertise in experimental ecology and data analysis and provide access to theoretical and practical education with a broad range of national and international contacts. We expect the candidate to pursue his/her research project with great enthusiasm and strong scientific rigor.

The University of Oldenburg is dedicated to increasing the percentage of women in science. Therefore, female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply. In accordance with Lower Saxony legal regulations (NHG §21), equally qualified female candidates will be given preference. Applicants with disabilities will be employed preferentially if equally qualified.

Please send your application including a cover letter, copies of certificates, a list of publications and a CV as a single pdf-file preferably to Dr. Maren Striebel ( All applications must be submitted by April 1st 2018. Our ideal starting date would be June 1st 2018.


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