Research associate “Biodiversity impact assessment” (m/f/d)

Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), Müncheberg

The project MarginUp! (EU-Horizon CP6) aims at the development and introduction of new land use options  for marginalised and low-productivity land which are climate-resilient and biodiversity-friendly and base on non-food crops for sustainable industrial feedstock. The EU wide consortia is going to identifying practices that secure land use and return profitability on abandoned/marginal lands is critical for combating soil scarcity and contributing to European policies such as the European Green Deal, Circular Economy action plan, and Bioeconomy and Biodiversity strategies. Research activities include the implementation of new landuse systems at 5 case studies across Europe and 3 international collaborative partners outside EU. Within the Project ZALF is leading one work packages which focuses at the monitoring, assessment and optimization of biodiversity and ecosystem services impacts of the proposed new land use options for marginal land based on data from the use cases. This work will be based on expert assessments and impact assessment methodologies.

We are offering a part time position (50%) from the 01.February 2023 till 30.11.2026 at our campus in Müncheberg as

Research associate “Biodiversity impact assessment” (f/m/d)

Your tasks:

  1. reviewing existing knowledge on Biodiversity /ESS impacts of cropping systems on marginal land across Europe
  2. development and parametrization of a regionally adapted multi-species biodiversity/ESS indicator system. (rule based); performing regional questionnaires on regional biodiversity/ESS targets
  3. development of a simple monitoring protocol for the indicator system as mentioned above
  4. analysis of the empirical monitoring data; applying them to the biodiversity/ESS indicator system
  5. reporting recommendations for the further optimization of cropping systems for industrial crops on marginal land
  6. presentation of research findings on national/international conferences and publication in peer-reviewed journals.

Your qualifications:

  1. Master (MSc) in Agriculture, Ecology, Environmental Sciences, or related fields
  2. experience in agricultural arable cropping systems
  3. knowledge in the ecology/biology of some of the following biodiversity groups (pollinators, ground beetles, farmland bird, weeds)
  4. strong organizational and communicative skills and sense of responsibility
  5. experience in presenting research findings on conferences and in scientific publications
  6. good command of the English language (spoken and written)
  7. ability to work in an international team

We offer:

  1. an interdisciplinary working environment that encourages independence and self-reliance
  2. classification according to the collective agreement of the federal states (TV-L) up to EG 12 or 13 (depending on your qualifications) (including special annual payment)
  3. a collegial and open-minded working atmosphere in a dynamic research institution

Women are particularly encouraged to apply. Applications from severely disabled persons with equal qualifications are favored. Please send your application preferably online (see button online application below). For e-mail applications, create a PDF document (one PDF file, max. 5 MB; packed PDF documents, archive files like zip, rar etc. Word documents cannot be processed and therefore cannot be considered!) with the usual documents, in particular CV, proof of qualification and certificates, stating the reference number 127-2022 until 10 December 2022 to (see button e-mail application below).


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us: Dr. Michael Glemnitz, mglemnitz(at)zalf.de

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