Post-Doc Scientist (m/f/d)

Leibniz-Zentrum für Agrarlandschaftsforschung (ZALF), Müncheberg

ZALF is a member of the Leibniz Association and, with its 350 employees, one of the largest research institutions in the Berlin-Brandenburg region. Its mission as a nationally and internationally active research institute is to scientifically explain causal relationships in agricultural landscapes and to provide society with a knowledge base for their sustainable use. ZALF research stands for scientific excellence and societal relevance, with a strong focus on interdisciplinary research addressing the Grand Societal Challenges relevant in the context of agricultural landscapes such as climate change, food and nutrition security and the sustainability of production.

The research project DAKIS (Digital Agricultural Knowledge and Information System) is funded under the umbrella of the BMBF “Agricultural systems of the future” programme, where blue sky research is fostered to find the ideal form of agriculture for the future conditions in Germany, anticipating recent developments in agricultural technology, digitalisation and societal change. Our vision is that agricultural systems of the future can be spatially differentiated and functionally diversified by automated small-scale production systems, and tailored to society\'s needs for marketable goods as well as non-marketable goods through new, innovative information and management systems. In order to achieve this overall concept, two test landscapes were selected to conduct case studies. The project has recently started, with a prospect of 5 years.

We are offering a full-time position (100% of the regular weekly working time) temporally limited for 42 months subject to financing at our location in Müncheberg for

Post-Doc Scientist (m/f/d)

for understanding the dynamics of crop pests, their hosts and their antagonists in the context of habitat structures

Your tasks:

as part of the work package “Optimization of crop and farm management” this task will investigate the role of crop-damaging or pollinating insects and their specific predators in landscape-scale yield losses and predict the damage of crops or their fruit-setting as a result of pollination from the habitat structure and characteristics. This task includes the monitoring of model species in fields and adjacent habitats (e.g. forest, small water bodies) and the modelling of life cycle, movement and crop impact by combining current approaches of process-based agro-ecosystem modelling, movement ecology and epidemiological modelling. The aim of this task is to increase the understanding of how agricultural landscapes can be managed to increase insect-related ecosystem services

Your qualifications:

  • Doctoral degree in biology, agroecology, or geoecology
  • Proven knowledge of simulation modelling in movement ecology or epidemiological modelling Knowledge of species
  • Experience in programming and in interdisciplinary cooperation
  • Strong interest in scientific writing and excellent command of English and German    

We offer:

  • We are offering a full-time position (100% of the regular weekly working time) temporally limited for 42 months subject to financing at our location in Müncheberg
  • Classification according to the collective agreement of the federal states (TV-L) 13

Women are particularly encouraged to apply. Applications from severely disabled persons with equal qualifications are favored. Please send your application preferably by e-mail (one PDF file, max. 5 MB) with the usual documents, in particular CV, proof of qualification and certificates, stating the reference number 47-2019 until 31.7.2019 to Bewerbungen(at)zalf.de.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us: Dr. Claas Nendel, +49 33432 82355, nendel(at)zalf.de