Five PhD positions in Aquatic Ecology at IGB Berlin, Germany

The Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) is the largest freshwater ecology institute in Germany ( It is part of the Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V. (FVB), the Leibniz Association (, and the Berlin-Brandenburg Institute of Advanced Biodiversity Research ( Joint professorships link IGB to Berlin’s three universities and the University of Potsdam. IGB provides excellent laboratory and field facilities as well as long-term research programs and data sets. We invite applications for
5 PhD positions in Aquatic Global Change Ecology
as part of a newly funded project to study ecological effects of light pollution. The focus is on skyglow and lake dimming by coloured DOC, two emerging features of global change disrupting ecological relationships in lakes, with skyglow never before experienced during evolutionary history. We hypothesize system-level light effects to arise through physiological and behavioural responses of key species, triggering changes in trophic and competitive interactions, thereby shifting community structure and energy flow through the food web. The successful candidates will join a team of 20 investigators to conduct and analyse pioneering experiments at IGB’s LakeLab, a unique large-scale infrastructure to study impacts of global environmental change in realistic conditions (<>).
We are seeking to recruit a dedicated team combining expertise in plankton ecology, microbial ecology, fish, biogeochemistry and ecological modeling. Candidates with a background or interest in food-web interactions, phyto- or zooplankton, primary production or other ecosystem processes, theoretical ecology, dissolved organic carbon, microbial dynamics, or fish ecology, physiology or behaviour are especially encouraged to apply. See for further information. The successful candidates hold an MSc or equivalent degree in limnology, oceanography, ecology, microbial ecology, geochemistry, biomathematics or a related field. Strong numerical and writing skills are an asset. Proficiency in German is not required.
Funding has been secured for 3 years. Salaries are according to the standard rates of German federal government employees, including full fringe benefits. The positions are based at IGB’s Department of Experimental Limnology located on Lake Stechlin 80 km north of Berlin, Germany. Regular travel to Berlin will also be required. IGB offers an attractive training program ( for all PhD students.
Application: We look forward to receiving your application, including a complete CV, copies of qualification documents, a list of any published or submitted papers, the contact details of 3 referees, a motivation letter and a statement of research interests relating to one or two of the project clusters (see Please assemble all documents in a single PDF file and send it to Ms. Edith Tesch at<>.
Review of the applications will start immediately and continue until the positions have been filled. For full consideration, applications should be received by 25 January 2013. A symposium and interviews of shortlisted candidates will be scheduled on February 16 and 17 and/or between March 16 and 20, 2015. Please save the dates. For further enquiries, please contact Drs. Mark Gessner ( or Franz Hölker ( The IGB and FVB are equal opportunity employers and specifically welcome applications by female candidates. Preference will be given to applicants with disabilities when qualifications are equivalent.




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