The Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung (SGN) is a member of the
Leibniz Association and is headquartered in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. SGN
conducts natural history research with almost 800 employees and research
institutions in six federal states. Within SGN, the Senckenberg Biodiversity
and Climate Research Centre (BiK-F) explores the interactions between
biodiversity and climate.

Senckenberg BiK-F invites applications for a Postdoctoral position in the
research project “Predicting ecosystem functions from functional diversity
and plant-animal interaction networks” (third-party funding). The project is
part of the DFG Research Unit Kilimanjaro (KiLi).

Postdoc position in "Functional diversity and plant-animal interaction
networks on Mt. Kilimanjaro" (full time)

The final phase of the Kilimanjaro Research Unit is devoted to data
synthesis across taxa, processes and disciplines. In this project, the
successful applicant will investigate how the functional diversity of plant
and animal communities is associated with interaction diversity and
ecological functions of mutualistic plant-animal networks. In particular,
you will model the robustness of these networks and their derived functions
to species extinction in response to climate and land-use change. The
project builds on previous empirical work on the communities and interaction
networks of plants and animals on Mt. Kilimanjaro and aims at the
integration and synthesis of data for high-impact publications. The work
will be conducted in close cooperation with the other members of the KiLi
Research Unit.

Position requirements
· You hold a PhD in Ecology or a related field and have experience to
conduct independent ecological research
· You stand out due to a strong conceptual background in community ecology,
particularly in functional diversity, plant-animal interaction networks and
ecosystem functions
· You have excellent knowledge of R and advanced statistical techniques,
such as structural equation models, functional diversity and interaction
network analyses
· You have the ability to communicate well in English (strong written and
oral language skills in English are necessary, the knowledge of German is
not mandatory) and the commitment to actively interact and collaborate with
other researchers
· It would be an asset if you were experienced in conducting ecological
field work and/or in tropical ecology
· You have an excellent publication record and the ambition to publish in
high-impact journals

Salary and benefits are according to a full-time public service position in
Germany (TV-H E 13). The position is a 2-year fixed-term post, starting as
soon as possible, preferably in January 2017. The Senckenberg Research
Institute supports equal opportunity of men and women and therefore strongly
invites women to apply. Equally qualified handicapped applicants will be
given preference. The place of employment will be Frankfurt am Main,
Germany. The employer is the Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung.

Please include the reference to this position (Ref.# 7.6.16) in the subject
line and include a cover letter describing your motivation to apply, a CV
including a full publication list and relevant certificates, a copy of
your most important publication and contact details of 2 academic referees.

Please submit your application before 31 October 2016 via e-mail as a single
PDF file to:

Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung
Senckenberganlage 25
60325 Frankfurt

For scientific enquiries please contact PD Dr. Matthias Schleuning
( Prof. Dr. Katrin Böhning-Gaese

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