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PhD position - Global observatory network for freshwater biodiversity in high mountain streams

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Job offer ref. #01-19023
For over 200 years the Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung (SGN) represents one of the most relevant institutions investigating nature and its diversity. Currently, scientists from more than 40 countries across 11 locations in Germany conduct research in the fields of biodiversity, earth system analysis and climate change. The head office of Senckenberg is Frankfurt am Main together with the Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum Frankfurt.
For the research project “Global observatory network for freshwater biodiversity in high mountain streams” we invite applications for a  
PhD Position / Research Associate (m/f/d) (50%)
Your tasks: You will study the diversity of high mountain stream insects along elevational gradients in high alpine rivers. The project will focus on species and genetic data of caddisflies and nonbiting midges of the Andes (Peru), the Talamanca (Costa Rica), the Pyrenees (Spain) and the Alps (Austria). Field work in the Alps will be necessary. Additional research aspects will involve niche modelling. You will join a highly motivated project team comprising researchers and PhD students from the University of Barcelona, Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum, University of Costa Rica and Cayetano Heredia University, Peru. The workplace is Frankfurt, Germany, where you will join 10 scientists and research support staff working in the group of Prof. Dr. Pauls on molecular systematics, population genetics and biodiversity of insects.
Your profile:

  • Master Degree in Biology or related disciplines
  • background in stream ecology, evolutionary biology, population genetics, and/or molecular systematics
  • strong interest in working with aquatic insects using molecular, morphological and ecological data
  • excellent verbal and written communication skills; very good organization skills
  • ability and motivation to perform field work in remote mountain areas
  • experience with data handling and statistical analyses using programming language(s) (e.g. R, bash) is beneficial

What awaits you? It is possible to work towards a PhD degree in the context of this position. Salary and benefits are according to a public service position in Germany (TV-H E13, 50%). The contract should start as soon as possible and is limited for three years. Equally qualified handicapped applicants will be given preference. The place of employment is in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

You would like to apply?
Please send your application mentioning the reference of this job offer (ref. #01-19023) and including a cover letter outlining your motivation and suitability for the position, a detailed CV including a list of publications and solicited funding (if available), contact details of 2 referees, and copies of educational transcripts in a single PDF file before August 31, 2019 by e-mail to:

Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung Senckenberganlage 25 60325 Frankfurt am Main E-Mail:

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