Scientist in River Fish Ecology (m/f/d)

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

For the Department of Fish Biology, Fisheries and Aquaculture, Working Group River Revitalization we are looking for a scientist in river fish ecology for 1.1.2023.

Subjected to final funding approval, the position is part of a BfN/BMU-funded interdisciplinary, event-related special investigation program on the environmental disaster in the Oder River of August 2022. The project aims to quantify the environmental impact on aquatic organisms and the food web, to investigate their revitalization and recovery potential to develop in-depth scientific knowledge on the resilience of river floodplains as well as proposals for action to protect them and to strengthen specific ecosystem functions of river and flood-plain.

The project is characterized by close cooperation with the scientific partner institutions and relevant authorities and experts. Within the special study program this subproject investigates the effects on the fish community structure of the Oder River, records the juvenile fish recruitment in relevant mesohabitats, the functional connectivity of river and floodplain as well as the contributions of recruitment and refugia to the resilience of the fish community.

Your tasks

  • Organization and implementation of sampling of adult and juvenile fish
  • Comparative assessment of fish community structure and fish recruitment in the different habitat types
  • Data evaluation and model-based prediction of fish community revitalization
  • Support of other Work packages within the project
  • Publication and presentation of the research results in scientific journals and at conferences

Your profile

  • University degree, MSc or equivalent, in biology, ecology or similar
  • Excellent taxonomic knowledge of the native freshwater fish fauna
  • Profound knowledge in the field of data analysis and processing
  • Enthusiasm for and experience with field work
  • Fishing license, operating license for electric fishing equipment, sport boat license Binnen, driving license class B
  • Ability to work independently and team-oriented
  • Good written and oral communication skills in German and English
  • Of advantage would be experience with water assessments

Our offer

We offer an exciting and versatile job in an international, dynamic, scientific working environment with opportunities for flexible working hours and mobile working.

Salary is paid - subjected to final funding approval - according to the German salary scheme for the public service (TVöD Bund). It is a full-time position with 39 hours per week. The position is principally suitable for part-time work. Applications from job tandems are welcomed. The position is limited to three years within the framework of the project. If the project is extended, there is the possibility of continued employment for a limited period.

The IGB is committed to diversity. We welcome every application, regardless of gender and gender identity, origin, nationality, religion, belief, health and physical disabilities, age or sexual orientation.

We foster your career development by providing qualification and training opportunities. Applicants are treated equally regardless of gender. Qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply. Severely disabled applicants with equal qualification and aptitude will be given preferential consideration.

Are you interested?

We look forward to receiving your application with the usual documents (cover letter, CV, certificates/references) by 30-11-2022Please state the job reference number27/2022 and apply exclusively via our recruitment platform at www.igb-berlin.de/en/jobs.

Questions can be directed to Dr Christian Wolter by phone (+49 30 64181633) or by e-mail (christian.wolter(at)igb-berlin.de).

“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.