Position – Ecological Programmer (Germany)

The Ecosystem Modelling group at the Georg-August-University Goettingen is offering a Postdoctoral position in the Collaborative Research Centre (CRC 990).
Ecological and socioeconomic functions of tropical lowland rainforest transformation systems (Sumatra, Indonesia) in the project Landscape-level assessment of ecological and socio-economic functions of rainforest transformation systems. The position will be limited until 31.12.2015 with possibility of extension and should be filled as soon as possible. Salary: Pay grade 100 % TVL 13 of German state-regulated public service salary scale corresponding to 39.8 working hours per week.
Your tasks: The project focuses on the ecological and socio-economic effects of land-use transformation in lowland Sumatra, Indonesia. The guiding question of the project is: what kind of landscape mosaic do we need so as to balance biodiversity, ecosystem functioning, and economic benefits? The main goal of the project is to deve-lop and use models integrating ecological and socio-economic components to simulate the spatiotemporal dy-namics of land uses and individual households. More precisely, the models should consider lowland forest, rubber, and oil palm plantations. Within this project the postdoctoral researcher will be in charge of model analysis, further developing the ecological part of the model, and integrating ecological and economic model components. The economic components of the model, the landscape generation and a simplified ecological module exist and are ready to be refined and analyzed. The project plays a central role in integrating the in-terdisciplinary research of the CRC 990.

Your profile: PhD degree and experience in ecological modelling, that is to say in the development, programming, and analysis of simulation models. Good command of statistics and mathematics. Experience in research into socio-economics, tropical ecology, or biodiversity and ecosystem functio-ning are a plus. Willingness to take on a leading role in the collaboration among the interdisciplinary researchers of the CRC. Proven experience with sound and time-efficient writing of modeling papers. Proficiency in English.
The project will be based in Goettingen, Germany, but short stays in Indonesia are expected.

Application: The University of Goettingen is an equal opportunities employer and places particular emphasis on fostering career opportunities for women. Qualified women are therefore strongly encouraged to apply as they are underrepresented in this field. Disabled persons with equivalent aptitude will be favored. Please send your application electronically as a single pdf containing the usual documents by January 5, 2015 to kwiegan1(at)uni-goettingen.de (Prof. Dr. Kerstin Wiegand, Ecosystem Modelling Group, GeorgAugust-University Goettingen, Buesgenweg 4, 37077 Göttingen).
If you have any questions, please contact Kerstin Wiegand (email: kwiegan1(at)uni-goettingen.de) or Katrin Meyer (email: kmeyer5(at)uni-goettingen.de). We request that you send your application documents as single pdf file. We will dispose the documents after a holding period of five months. Information about the Ecosys-tem Modelling group can be found at http://www.uni-goettingen.de/EcoMod.html For Information about the Collaborative Research Centre (CRC 990) see: http://www.uni-goettingen.de/en/310995.html

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