Research Associate (m/f/d)

Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB), Berlin

“Research for the future of our freshwaters” is the mission of the Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB). The IGB is Germany’s largest and one of the leading international research centres for freshwaters. We seek to understand the fundamental processes governing freshwaters and their communities. Our research findings help to tackle global environmental changes and to develop measures for sustainable water management. The IGB is a diverse and inspiring place to work and conduct research. We promote individual development at every career level and stand for lively exchange and cooperation. With more than 350 employees and guests from all over the world, we conduct research at five locations in Berlin and at Lake Stechlin (Brandenburg). IGB closely collaborates with numerous national and international universities and other partners in science and society and is a member of the Leibniz Association, which connects 96 independent public research institutes in Germany.

For the Department of Ecohydrology of IGB in Berlin-Friedrichshagen we are inviting applications for the position of a

Research Associate (m/f/d)

with a starting date as soon as possible, ideally by February, 1, 2021.

The position is in the research group "Light Pollution and Ecophysiology", which focuses their research on biological impacts of artificial light on a wide range of biological processes, from gene expression to land-water-interactions and ecosystem functions. The project „Lichtverschmutzung in Naturschutzgebieten reduzieren“ evaluates, among other things, the impact of lighting on insects and bats in nature reserves. The project is part of a special programme to strengthen biological diversity of the state of Baden-Württemberg.

Your tasks

  • Supervision of insect traps in various nature reserves in Baden-Württemberg
  • Maintenance of the experimental equipment
  • Regular insect monitoring
  • Professional preparation and analysis of the insect samples
  • Drafting scientific publications and reports
  • Communication with regional actors and cooperation partners

Your profile

  • Master or diploma in biology, environmental sciences or a comparable field
  • Comprehensive entomological and ecological knowledge
  • Interest in light pollution and nature conservation
  • Ability to communicate the project to regional stakeholders (nature conservation, politics, citizens)
  • Willingness to work outside normal office hours (partly at night)
  • Willingness to be mobile (driving licence)
  • In addition to the ability to work in a team, we expect good communication and contact skills
  • Language skills: German, English

Our offer

We offer an exciting and varied job in the countryside in an interdisciplinary and dynamic scientific working environment. The workplace can be designed to be family-friendly and flexible, with regular field trips in Baden-Württemberg.

Salary is paid according to the German salary scheme for the public sector (TVöD Bund). It is a part-time position with 19.5 working hours per week. It is a fixed-term position, initially limited until 31.12.2022.

We foster your career development by providing qualification and training opportunities. We actively support the reconciliation of work and family life. Applicants are treated equally regardless of gender. Qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply. Applications of severely disabled persons with equal qualification will be given priority.

Are you interested?

We look forward to receiving your application with the usual documents Letter of motivation, CV, certificates and the names of two reference persons) by 30.11.2020. Please state the job reference number 23/2020 and apply exclusively via our recruitment platform at www.igb-berlin.de/en/jobs.

Questions can be directed to PD Dr. Franz Hölker (030/64 181 665, hoelker(at)igb-berlin.de) and Dr. Andreas Jechow (030/64 181 909, jechow(at)igb-berlin.de).